In classic Apple fashion, the team at Cupertino have jumped onto an emerging tech trend a year later than everyone else, then perfected the formula. I am, of course, talking about the mind-blowing custom ARM chips known as M1.
You can expect to see this CPU/GPU powerhouse improved and added to more of its product lineup over time, which is obvious by the fact we’re seeing pretty big price drops on the 16-inch MacBook Pro! Right now at Best Buy, you can save $200 across four powerful MacBook Pro 16-inch configurations. (opens in new tab)
Macbook Pro (16-inch) w/ Core i7: Was $2,399, now $2,199 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The mighty 16-inch Macbook Pro starts at just over two thousand bucks in this special offer — packed with a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 six-core CPU, dedicated Radeon 5300M graphics, 16GB DDR4 RAM and a spacious 512GB SSD. With all this horsepower, it’s impressive to see up to 11-hours of battery life is still possible.
MacBook Pro (16-inch) w/ Core i9: was $2,799 now $2,599 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Need a little more under the hood? Drop an extra $400 and you can get a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU, Radeon 5500M dedicated graphics and a 1TB SSD. A faster machine that can more handily crush graphically intense processes and be stuffed with even more apps making this an ideal option for any prosumers.
To some, this seems like a tough sell, but hear me out. Apple will continue to support Intel chips for a long time to come, and while the graphics performance on any M1-armed machine is good, it doesn't match up to the raw power of a dedicated GPU — something you can’t get anywhere else than on a MacBook Pro 16-inch.
So, take that as peace of mind that you’re not dropping cash on some out-of-date machine. In fact, it more than deserves our Editor’s Choice stamp of approval for bringing so much performance to a portable, beautifully designed chassis.
This is still cutting edge and will last you for a good long time. Our favourite two models of the four come with either 9th Gen Intel Core i7 or i9 CPUs, 16GB DDR4 RAM, a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro 5300M or 5500M GPU and storage options up to 1TB.
Specs like that, along with the gorgeous 3072 x 1920-pixel Retina display with a P3 wide color gamut, make these MacBook Pros a seriously good option for creative professionals in the market for a new portable powerhouse.