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What’s the Newest MacBook? 2021

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Ever since Apple first introduced MacBooks, the company has released new models and enhancements—sometimes several in a year. The latest MacBooks take that a step further with the brand's very first proprietary processor, the Apple M1, which delivers stellar battery life and speed. This new chip also signifies the brand's transition away from Intel-powered MacBooks. 

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The Latest: Apple M1 MacBook

The latest versions of the MacBook line are the M1-based MacBook Pro 13-inch and MacBook Air. This processor is designed specifically for Macs and offers some of these high-level benefits. MacBooks' physical design hasn't changed much, so they are easy to mistake as the older models.

Unified Memory

Unlike other processors that separate GPU and CPU, the M1 chip keeps everything together. Dubbed system on a chip (SoC), it keeps everything like RAM and graphics in one streamlined place rather than as separate systems.

Faster Performance

One significant benefit of M1's unified memory is speed. As a result of systems sharing information without copying it, the newest MacBooks offer quicker everything. The M1 chip promises faster performance across the board, from loading apps to processing images or playing video.

Longer Battery Life

The M1 chip features an 8-core CPU that offers a lot of power efficiently. Four of the cores focus on maximizing battery use, which means no more battery drain when it comes to memory-heavy tasks like photo or video editing. It also distinguishes the latest MacBook Pro as the MacBook model with the longest battery life ever.

Access to iPhone and iPad Apps

The M1 chip also opens the door to even more cross-device app access. You can now enjoy some of your favorite iPhone and iPad apps on your MacBook.

Important Specs

How does all of this translate to actual specifications? Here are a few highlights.

Chip: Apple M1 8-core CPU, 8-core GPUMemory: Configurable to up to 16GBStorage: Up to 2TB SSDBattery: Up to 20 hours on the MacBook Pro and up to 18 hours on the MacBook AirDisplay: 2560x1600 Retina with True Tone technologyPorts and charging: Two Thunderbolt/USB 4, HeadphoneSensors: Touch ID, ambient light, Touch Bar (MacBook Pro), Force Touch trackpadWireless: Wi-Fi 6, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth

The Mac Mini (2020) also includes the new M1 chip. While Intel-operated MacBook Pros are still available and will continue to be supported by Apple, the brand expects to complete the M1 transition on all Macs by the end of 2022.

Previous MacBook Models

The Apple MacBook has made its presence known since 2006. The earliest models include the original MacBook and the first versions of the MacBook Pro. 

You can find a comprehensive list of all MacBook Pro models and MacBook Air releases starting from 2006 and 2009, respectively, on Apple's website. Here's a quick overview of MacBook models as they've appeared over the years.

MacBook Pro 13-Inch Intel and M1 (2020)MacBook Air Retina, 13-Inch and M1 (2020)MacBook Pro 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 16-Inch (2019)MacBook Air Retina, 13-inch (2018-2019)MacBook Air 13-Inch (2017)MacBook Pro 13-Inch and 15-Inch (2016-2018)MacBook Pro Retina, 13-Inch and 15-Inch (2012-2015)MacBook Pro 13-Inch and 15-Inch (2012)MacBook Air 11-Inch and 13-Inch (2009-2015)MacBook Pro 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch (2009-2011)MacBook Pro 15-Inch and 17-inch (2006-2008)