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M1 MacBook Pro vs M1 MacBook Air | Is the MacBook Pro obsolete?

With the new MacBook Air with M1 chip being so good, many are wondering why they would spend an extra $300 to get the new MacBook Pro with the same Apple Silicon chip. Is the M1 MacBook Pro more powerful than the MacBook Air? today we're going to find out!
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  1. Kelvin Hiew

    Kelvin Hiew

    19 uur geleden

    I am a teacher by profession. One of the biggest issues I run in to is the over-heating of my current older Mac Air (the fan just goes crazy loud to the point where it disrupts my lesson plan and students could hear my buzzing fan an hour into my lecture). In relation to the nature of my [long] daily video conferencing/ zoom usage, should I opt for the Macbook Pro due to the fact it has a fan to cool down the chip? Or will the M1 Macbook Air be sufficient due to it's "active cooling agent"?

  2. Mary Diane Amurao

    Mary Diane Amurao

    20 uur geleden

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  4. Milos Mas

    Milos Mas

    Dag geleden

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  5. Adventures of Graywolf

    Adventures of Graywolf

    2 dagen geleden

    Why wouldn't you also compare the macbook air 8 core to the macbook pro 8 core so we could see if the difference is really just the extra core and know how much just being a pro is actually better or not than the air?

  6. Ricardo Nieves

    Ricardo Nieves

    2 dagen geleden

    Well if they are controlling they can make it work for example: I have a brand new 8th gen iPad with the A12 Bionic chip and I ran Geekbench on it and I find out that the 5th gen iPad mini is still faster than my iPad even do it uses that same A12 Bionic chip so yeah It can be faster.

  7. Atort Photography

    Atort Photography

    2 dagen geleden

    D tail. :) it’s so hard to me to speak clearly when doing videos...good job. Still not sure on Touch Bar and if I would like it or hate it.

  8. Kelly Starks

    Kelly Starks

    2 dagen geleden

    These could kill the folks upgrading old cheese grater Macs for economical performance.

  9. david tunnicliff

    david tunnicliff

    2 dagen geleden

    c,mon.......it's $300........we spend that on a night out.

  10. My Pink Elephant Life

    My Pink Elephant Life

    2 dagen geleden

    Thank you for the video and all the information. I'm switching from Windows to Mac and am so excited! I'm seriously looking at the 13" MacBook Pro. I appreciate all the info you shared.

  11. Jacob Sams

    Jacob Sams

    3 dagen geleden

    Hey Luke longtime fan here I bought a base intel MacBook Pro 13 in September and recently got to upgrade it to the m1 model for free. I just want to know how you feel about apple cutting off Egpu support with the new silicon Macs?

  12. Jonathan Mark

    Jonathan Mark

    3 dagen geleden

    What's the best for amatuer/hobby photography? The mbp with 8gb ram. Or the air with 16? The air still comes out cheaper, but will it be enough? Anyone's input is welcome. Thanks.

  13. Callum Lee Gow

    Callum Lee Gow

    3 dagen geleden

    No one talking about the limited software support for the new M1 chips?

  14. Vladislav Shevtsov

    Vladislav Shevtsov

    3 dagen geleden

    I will buy non of them, because in my country the MacBook air model costs 1300 dollars for the base model and I cannot come to terms with the idea that I could buy a MacBook pro for the same amount of money!

  15. Eddie Reyes

    Eddie Reyes

    3 dagen geleden

    MacBook Pro or Mac Mini ?

  16. Anthony Arrington

    Anthony Arrington

    3 dagen geleden

    Which M1 for designers?

  17. Style With Nina

    Style With Nina

    4 dagen geleden

    Just Ordered My Pro. I can’t wait to get it. Great video!

  18. zilverheart


    4 dagen geleden

    So next mac pro is gonna use double or quadruple of m1 chips

  19. Julien Lindauer

    Julien Lindauer

    5 dagen geleden

    Bruh my $2,500 overclocked gaming pc beats this shit anyday. Don't understand the hype...guys, it's just a mobile chip shoved inside a metal shell !

  20. RYDER


    5 dagen geleden

    intel played themselves. And I subbed, great video. Great explanations.

  21. savaiiboy


    5 dagen geleden

    This was excellent Camera quality is top tier Didn't feel like any wasted minutes of content Super informative and useful testing Thank you for this channel and this video.

  22. tipoomaster


    5 dagen geleden

    "Here's what an Intel mac sounds like halfway through a Cinebench run" Intel mac: AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!

  23. Tigerex966


    5 dagen geleden

    I am still not sure if apple is making the two tb3 ports share the same 40Mbs bandwidth or if they are truly fully independent with 40Mbs each. Please test that. Thanks Also can you recommend external ssds since these memory limited internally un upgradeable machines use the fast ssd as a memory swap file, this makes "the external ssd the single most important addidtion you can make to your m1 mac" performance wide, especially since GPUS are not currently supported.

  24. Dreamcatcher_11_


    5 dagen geleden

    Making devices irreparable should be illegal.

  25. Brian M Reschke

    Brian M Reschke

    6 dagen geleden

    Watched your other video about Pro and Air and you pointed out the difference in the speakers and the microphone. has that changed?

  26. HR Bangalore

    HR Bangalore

    6 dagen geleden

    usually I get bored and pause videos, but this one was great!!

  27. HR Bangalore

    HR Bangalore

    6 dagen geleden

    Great insight!! I really liked it!!

  28. Jaime Chereau

    Jaime Chereau

    6 dagen geleden

    Apple has made the first move, but the checkmate could be given by Microsoft. - jchereau.medium.com/apple-has-made-the-first-move-but-the-checkmate-could-be-given-by-microsoft-30a818b5e546

  29. Smart Home Makers

    Smart Home Makers

    6 dagen geleden

    Hi Luke, would you advice me to buy a m1 mac book pro with a display or a 27inch Imac with maxed out graphics ? I know new Imac might come out next year

  30. oofingberg


    6 dagen geleden

    Those bezels arent even that thicc my late 2008 has thicker ones and even there its not that bad

  31. Make Money Guide

    Make Money Guide

    6 dagen geleden

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  32. kevin n

    kevin n

    7 dagen geleden

    I bought the Air with the extra GPU & 512 SSD and added the 16GB RAM

    • kevin n

      kevin n

      6 dagen geleden

      @Jack Scandrett Our Apple store didn't have this config, so I had to order it. I think they want to force you to upgrade your storage as well but I think it's smarter to have that storage external.

    • Jack Scandrett

      Jack Scandrett

      6 dagen geleden

      I’m thinking of buying this spec as well

  33. Bryan Andrews

    Bryan Andrews

    7 dagen geleden

    Thank you, Luke. I placed my order for a Macbook Pro, 16Gb, 1TB in gray, earlier today. Better sound, advanced mics, brighter, richer screen, The FAN...I can pretend to listen for it. And less chance for the Macbook to keep me warm. I think the Pro with 16Gb is better for resale, as there is always something new coming along..

  34. Wioletta Mazur

    Wioletta Mazur

    7 dagen geleden

    Hi! I love all your videos 👌🏼 Though I have a question, do you think the lack of the fan may cause overheating in MacBook Air over time (like in iPhone and iPad)? Cause I’m planning on buying this laptop for years to come 🙈

  35. Javier Treviño

    Javier Treviño

    7 dagen geleden

    Hey I love the channel, if performance is the most important measure then what's better a 16GB macbook air or a 8GB MacBook pro ? M1s of course..

    • Jonathan Mark

      Jonathan Mark

      3 dagen geleden

      Also need an answer to this. Just for photo editing as a hobby

  36. Andrew McNaughton

    Andrew McNaughton

    7 dagen geleden

    While I appreciate your enthusiasm for the apparent benefits for the M1, I’m sticking with your earlier wisdom about first gen Apple products sucking. It’s too soon to get an M1 Mac for professional and varied use as the software isn’t mature enough yet. All kinds of stability issues with non-native apps. They’ll get there but more likely by 2nd gen products. These products are for beta testers as that’s what you are when you buy first gen.

  37. Mr dirt Gamer

    Mr dirt Gamer

    8 dagen geleden

    But Apple didn't change the design the bezels are still so thick

  38. Prodromos Regalides

    Prodromos Regalides

    8 dagen geleden

    Well of course the M1 is a compelling product. Both running at low power and high power. I don't get your title question. Pro gets a significant performance boost by allowing itself to run hotter. So, what? What is lame though you compare ancient intel processors with M1 , failing to mention they are two and in some cases three full nodes behind. Same thing like comparing macbook pros from 2019 to 2009 and saying how much more effcient are 2019 macbooks, implying they have some kind of superior architecture. Are you kidding us sir?

  39. Hart Ponder

    Hart Ponder

    8 dagen geleden

    Well presented and understandable.

  40. Mr dirt Gamer

    Mr dirt Gamer

    8 dagen geleden

    $321 diffrence

  41. Alvaro Rivera

    Alvaro Rivera

    8 dagen geleden

    Which is the best option for this Black Friday? a) Buying the 16” MBP 2019, and later upgrade to the M1 16” MBP 2021 or b) Buying the M1 13” MBP 2020, and later upgrade to the M1 16” MBP 2021

  42. Велизар Димитров

    Велизар Димитров

    8 dagen geleden

    Intel deserves its place - out of the Mac pcs.

  43. What Ever

    What Ever

    9 dagen geleden

    In addition to all that was mentioned in the video, I believe the Pro has better speakers as well.

  44. Julian


    9 dagen geleden

    M1 MacBook pro can handle 2 external monitor, but no for M1 MacBook air nlcameras.info/wiki/s4K7aJCnu5S4tZw/video

  45. RICH AZ602

    RICH AZ602

    9 dagen geleden

    I bought my wife the M1 Macbook Pro. what would be the first thing you do after you open it and set it up?

  46. 1 1

    1 1

    9 dagen geleden

    For the first time since 2015 I am like "Yeah, I really want that new Macbook". Unfortunetelly, the singe external monitor thing is what prevents me from getting a new one. And 16 GBs of ram is more than enough for my needs.

  47. OAFish


    9 dagen geleden

    10/10 7:50

  48. Erc C

    Erc C

    9 dagen geleden

    Did he render in Blender Eevee or cycles? Some people say that Cycles isn’t supported.

  49. Paddy Coleman

    Paddy Coleman

    9 dagen geleden

    The M1 seems to be truly a big step forward in laptop computing. Intel/AMD are going to have their work cut out to get anywhere the performance of the M1. I understand the “why” but it would be great if you could update the RAM and storage on Macs.

  50. jerry kurata

    jerry kurata

    9 dagen geleden

    "The bezel are too thick"!.... Nice impression of those fanboys.

  51. Ben Hambrecht

    Ben Hambrecht

    9 dagen geleden

    4:39 „But let‘s say at this point you‘re kind of numb to performance numbers“ *proceeds to show more performance numbers*

  52. songmingi


    9 dagen geleden

    I gotta ask if you are being honest with these reviews or even had time to properly test it. Much reports coming out of incompatibility with pretty much every game and most of the productivity software, especially MS and google, running much worse than intel mac. Are you maybe encouraged to put out this kind of reviews to grease apple?

  53. Vit Zika

    Vit Zika

    9 dagen geleden

    Luke you da man :)

  54. Artin Albert

    Artin Albert

    9 dagen geleden

    There’s no “wrong opinion”. Tolerance is a good value! Ppl shop based on their needs. A 720p webcam can’t be tolerated in 2021.

  55. Fluid Waves

    Fluid Waves

    9 dagen geleden

    Don’t forget, apple tracks everything you do on their computers, and as of now there is no way to stop it. Every time you open a program, where you open it, how long, etc, all sent to Apple.

  56. Udit


    9 dagen geleden

    Hi Luke.. I need a laptop right now.. Currently using a very old windows hp laptop.. I mainly use chrome and Microsoft apps.. Have at least 30-40 chrome tabs open at a time on average.. No video or photo editing.. Do you recommend the base version of the M1 pro or the M1 air? My main concerns are the battery life difference and the performance if I use a bunch of chrome tabs at a time. I don't think that I will be upgrading for at least the next 4-5 years once I buy either of these.. Plan to use it for university and even post that.. Please let me know your thoughts.. Thanks.

  57. Ben Yosefov

    Ben Yosefov

    9 dagen geleden

    I ordered the m1 MacBook pro

  58. Andrew Baumgartner

    Andrew Baumgartner

    9 dagen geleden

    These 3 products with the new Apple Silicone Chip are just the start. I'm sure we will see the 2nd generation of Apple Silicone in 2021 in further Apple products like larger laptops etc.

  59. Alex Ge

    Alex Ge

    9 dagen geleden

    Nice review. I’d like to wait for 4 port M1 MacBook Pro

  60. Gourab Singha

    Gourab Singha

    9 dagen geleden

    Are you guys able to use NTFS hdd on new M1 ? If yes please let me know how to use , I have tried the paragon ntfs for mac but it's not helping the cause.

  61. Margot Robbie

    Margot Robbie

    9 dagen geleden

    Pro means a high priced and noisy, heavy iPad Air!



    9 dagen geleden

    its the same thing as an iphone 11 compared to the 11 pro...

  63. Technikpinsel


    9 dagen geleden

    Should I upgrade to the MacBook Pro M1 or keep my late 2013 MB Pro? Planning to upgrade early next year. What is ur opinion?

    • Michael Buck

      Michael Buck

      4 dagen geleden

      I'm not Luke, but the answer is yes, if you are planning on upgrading, now is a great time to go to an M1, especially considering the price. If you don't want to do it now, you might as well wait another year for the full rollout of the M1 line.

  64. Gerald Caponetti

    Gerald Caponetti

    9 dagen geleden

    Excellent review and really comprehensive. I was really interested in benchmarks between the two especially since it is the same chip. I decided to buy the Pro cringing a little on the extra $300 but thinking with the display and other features it was worth it while figuring that the performance was *probably* worth it without real objective test data - now I have it. Thanks Luke! This is my first Mac and I love it. It's nearly 4am and I need to get to bed but I am so addicted. I have been on the Pro for four hours and still 85% battery.

  65. 박 Park혜영 Hye-Young

    박 Park혜영 Hye-Young

    10 dagen geleden

    I think they are both bad.

  66. SquaficleDude


    10 dagen geleden

    This is the very first time I've considered buying a macbook.

  67. Travis


    10 dagen geleden

    The 13 inch may be obsolete, but I'm curious what they offer for the 16 inch. It will need to offer at least 64GB of RAM , more ports, more storage, and a better GPU.

  68. Minesh Patel

    Minesh Patel

    10 dagen geleden

    Can you do a video an what you think will happen to used macbooks and whether it is worth buying with the m1 chip available at $999

  69. Zacharie Chiron

    Zacharie Chiron

    10 dagen geleden

    Solid work honestly, very good review/comparison!

  70. Izirouwa


    10 dagen geleden

    Is the fan on the still on the pro

  71. 2 Meerkats

    2 Meerkats

    10 dagen geleden

    13" on the road - sure esp with 20hrs batt - but did you connect to a 4096*2160 display at 60 fps? What's the tested upper limit of a 'single' display on these back in the editing room? 5K ? 6K? fps?

  72. Darshan Bathija

    Darshan Bathija

    10 dagen geleden

    MacBook Air with 16 GB ram or MacBook Pro with 8 GB ram? Which is better for the money?

  73. Heritage Imaging

    Heritage Imaging

    10 dagen geleden

    Anything "pro" is just idiotic. Just a meaningless word to reel the suckers into paying more money.

  74. James McDonald

    James McDonald

    10 dagen geleden

    I’ve watched a hundred M1 video reviews on NLcameras, only subbed your channel. You cover things no one else seems to do. Great stuff.

  75. George Moore

    George Moore

    10 dagen geleden

    I want the Pro because the Air doesn’t have a cooling fan. The cpu will heavily be throttled down with the apps I use.

  76. Im Grunty

    Im Grunty

    10 dagen geleden

    I would say that what should differentiate the pro versus the air now if they’re going this way is dedicated GPU

  77. Homesick Mac

    Homesick Mac

    10 dagen geleden

    I'm expected to recommend a new Mac to someone working mostly in music production, and I wouldn't know the answer because I'm never in Logic Pro with more than 10-12 channels plus maybe several simple effects/plugins used. I'm on a (now aged) MBP 15" 32GB RAM from 2018. Even the new MBA base model blows my Mac out of the water. But, this is about to be used for at least 4-5 years so I need to give good advice. After watching this video, it's the first time I really understood the difference between the MBA and MBP. My advice will be to go for a MBP with 8GB RAM and 512GB HD. That's within the budget and will work great. At the same time, though, I'll advise to wait until June 2021 because these M1 machines are the very first ones. I'm more than convinced that Apple will update, improve loads of stuff within 6-7 months to come.

  78. Vynzography


    10 dagen geleden

    No. If someone doesn't want to buy it because of the bezels they are not wrong, that is their choice.

  79. Alexis Garcia

    Alexis Garcia

    10 dagen geleden

    Wow apple big PP😂😂🤣

  80. Alessandro Censi

    Alessandro Censi

    10 dagen geleden

    Is Macbook Air good for foto editing with lightroom classic?

  81. sai


    10 dagen geleden

    Nice video 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  82. 甜很


    10 dagen geleden

    I just bought my first ever MacBook air well the new M1 chip and Its like the best very satisfying to use.

    • K K

      K K

      10 dagen geleden

      Does it throttle or get warm on normal use also tell about video editing

  83. Karl Draper-Firth

    Karl Draper-Firth

    10 dagen geleden

    The more I read about the new M1 Macbook Pro's the more I get annoyed. I ordered my intel 16"mbp a month ago (about a week before the M1 keynote). I had to get one because I need one and I can't really wait until mid next year. I'm just hoping that it retains enough of it's value to be able to swap for the new m1 16".

  84. Brice Deylac

    Brice Deylac

    10 dagen geleden

    Just a thought than no one is saying out loud : What the fuck did Intel do ??? I mean, Apple makes a new chip and smokes every benchmark against Intel. It's really a shame, and I think we can say that Intel just did a poor job. I know, the M1 is custom made by Apple for Apple... but Intel was making CPU for Macs, and could just partner with Apple to match those results... But no. They just kept taking the money. Shame on them.

  85. Kewl My Life

    Kewl My Life

    10 dagen geleden

    Part of the cooling fan not kicking on is due to their software. They can likely get better performance, but they enjoy riding the line of silence at the expense of extra performance. Or so some other tests I have seen say.

  86. Gary Herring

    Gary Herring

    10 dagen geleden

    You're not comparing like with like. The chip is different on the base MacBook Air, having one less GPU core which will affect the result achieved on graphics processing benchmark tests. I'd be interested to see you compare the $1249 Macbook Air that has the exact same chip as the Macbook Pro 13inch, and then see what performance differences there are, if any.

  87. greg yip

    greg yip

    10 dagen geleden

    COULD You please do a performance review on the m1 mac mini. I mean put it through the mill and compare and test ram to make comparisons to intel .eg m1 16 g M1 Ram is equivalent to 32 g ram intel or what ?

  88. VirtualFutureTV


    10 dagen geleden

    You should add text with score at 3:00

  89. Matthew G

    Matthew G

    10 dagen geleden

    Literally the first vid I've seen by you because of all the M1 reviews. And I'm loving the format of your review. Feels a lot more personal on what I'd notice when I use it. You have +1 new sub from me :)

  90. Poltergeist


    10 dagen geleden

    Even the raspberry pi can do dual external 4K display. But none of these MacBook. Why would anyone buy this?

  91. Asrar Azlan

    Asrar Azlan

    10 dagen geleden

    Hi luke, can the m1 macbook pro or air run sap gui?

  92. Inwe David

    Inwe David

    10 dagen geleden

    As we see intel mobile CPU are crap compare to desktop one. A thing that the Mac has not in opposite of the PC desktops. Also we can hope that now Intel will stop exploiting is position of monopoly and raise up real good CPU or to see windows going to qualcom or other ARM brand.

  93. Gwen


    10 dagen geleden

    I think I'd go for the Air because it still has function keys :D

  94. The Observer

    The Observer

    10 dagen geleden

    Reviewers at every side are saying it so you better believe it.

  95. cosmolv


    10 dagen geleden

    Everybody thesting it in video editing and rendering. But how about Adobe After Effects? How fast it will run this heavy After Effect test: files.fm/f/weemrprgj

  96. 1unisol1


    10 dagen geleden

    Theory Time: The previous mac book air hat a lot of thermal problems all the way down to the more or less useless fan. What if Apple did that on purpose to make the M1 Mac Book Air look even better?

  97. Praetoria 434

    Praetoria 434

    10 dagen geleden

    I really want to get the best laptop for my studies for long term, should i wait for the next gen or are these good enough to last a while?

  98. iSwaggs2000


    10 dagen geleden

    why no ryzen in the charts... not an amd fanboy just want to see where it stacks since amd is pooping on intel right now

  99. JuzANormalGuy


    10 dagen geleden

    2020 intel 10th gen i5 13" macbook pro be like...

  100. R.a. Wheeler

    R.a. Wheeler

    10 dagen geleden

    Well think about this.. while the Pro might not offer world shattering performance over that of the Air, it does have many advantages and for people who will pay anything for more power, and performance comes with a cost. $300 might seem like a steal really. I mean this is Apple we are talking about. I have always liked Risc based cpu designs like the PowerPC compared to that of Cisc like x86. The performance difference still shows.