TechCrunch: the M1 MacBook Pro’s performance ‘makes Intel’s chips obsolete overnight’

Writing for TechCrunch, Matthew Panzarion says that the M1 MacBook Pro “is powerful, but it’s the battery life that will blow you away.” Still, when it comes to power, he says that the new M1 powered Macs show “impressive performance gains that make Intel’s chips obsolete overnight.”

You should read the entire article, but here are some highlights:

° I personally tested the 13” M1 MacBook Pro and after extensive testing, it’s clear that this machine eclipses some of the most powerful Mac portables ever made in performance while simultaneously delivering 2x-3x the battery life at a minimum. 

° The M1 MacBook Pro runs smoothly, launching apps so quickly that they’re often open before your cursor leaves your dock. 

° The battery performance is simply off the chart. Even with processor-bound tasks.

On the downside:

° The current iOS app experience on an M1 machine running Big Sur is almost comical; it’s so silly.