Apple MacBook M2 Pro/Max or previous generation M1 versions: Which one’s the right pick for you?
- Apple has launched the MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch with the new M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets.
- Among the lineup, the most affordable one starts at ₹1,99,900 and the price goes up to ₹3,09,900.
- If you are confused about going for last year's MacBook Pro or this year's MacBook Pro, you've come to the right place.
AdvertisementApple on Tuesday launched its next-gen MacBook Pro laptops powered by new M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets. The company offers several variants, six to be precise, but they can be grouped into two main categories, a 14- inch MacBook Pro and the 16- inch MacBook Pro. New M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook machines have arrived with increased performance, better life, up to 96GB RAM, 8K HDMI, 38-core GPU, 12-core CPU, and more.
Among the lineup, the most affordable one starts at ₹1,99,900, and the price goes up to ₹3,09,900. If that’s a bit steep for you, then perhaps, last year’s M1 models will make a better choice.
Today, we will be comparing the 2023 MacBook Pro models and the 2021 MacBook Pro models to help you choose your right machine for you.
MacBook Pro 14” M2 Pro vs MacBook Pro 14” M1 Pro
|M2 MacBook Pro (2023)||M1 MacBook Pro (2021)|
|Processor||M2 Pro or M2 Max – 10 or 12-core||M1 Pro or M1 Max – 8 or 10-core|
|Storage||Up to 8TB||Up to 8TB|
|RAM||16 to 96GB||16 to 64GB|
|Graphics||Up to 38-core||Up to 32- core|
|Mics||Studio-quality 3-mic array||Studio-quality 3-mic array|
The newer MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro chip starts at ₹1,99,900 and this is for the 512GB SSD version which hs a 10-core CPU and a 16-core GPU. If you go for a 1TB SSD version, the price goes up to ₹2,49,900. Meanwhile, the older MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro chip starts at ₹1,79,990 for 16GB RAM and the 512GB SSD variant. The laptop comes with an 8-core CPU. The price difference between these two is negligible, but still, if MacBook Pro 2023 with M2 Pro chip is out of budget, then you can get MacBook Pro 2023 with the M1 processor.
If budget is not an issue for you, then it would be wiser to go for the MacBook Pro 2023, as it comes with notable performance improvements over the last year’s model. According to Apple, M2 Pro offers a 20% faster CPU and 30% faster GPU performance when compared to M1 Pro.
MacBook Pro 16” M2 Pro vs MacBook Pro 16” M1 Pro
The new MacBook Pro with M2 Pro chip starts at ₹2,49,900. Meanwhile, the older MacBook Pro with M1 Pro chip starts at ₹2,11,090 on Amazon for 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD variant. If you are going for MacBook Pro 16” with an M1 Pro chip, you will save around ₹38,810.
MacBook Pro 2023 M2 Max vs MacBook Pro 2021 M1 Max
The new 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Max processor has a price tag of ₹3,49,900 on the Apple website for the 32GB RAM and the 1TB SSD version which has a 12-core CPU and a 38-core GPU. Meanwhile, the older 16-inch MacBook with M1 Max processor starts at ₹2,90,300, for 32GB RAM and the 1TB SSD variant. The laptop comes with a 10- core CPU and a 32- core GPU. There is a price difference of ₹59,600 between these two models, which makes the MacBook with M1 Max chip worth considering if the M2 Max is out of budget.
However, if you want an absolute peak performance with no compromise, then MacBook Pro 16- inch with the M2 Max is faster than the M1 Max processor. Apple says the M2 Max offers 20% faster CPU and 30% faster GPU performance than the M1 Max. Also, the M2 Max comes with higher cores count, with a 12-core CPU and a 38-core GPU.
AdvertisementWhile the M1 chips are quite efficient and power packed, the numbers shared by Apple suggest that the newer chip makes processing faster. It essentially means that tasks like running a code, rendering 3D frames, exporting a high resolution videos will be accomplished slightly faster than the previous generation models.
However, on the flipside, if you don’t want the ultimate best and can do with respectable speeds, then you won’t be disappointed with last previous generation models. You can save money on these, and also wait for the prices to drop further if it’s not an urgent need.
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