MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 review

Apple’s new MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 has the same beautiful design but a formidable new ‘unified’ M1 processor

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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch M1
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 is not cheap for a laptop, obviously, but if you need a certain level of performance for your photo or video editing, then a cheap laptop is never going to provide it. In fact, this M1-powered MacBook gives you a very good level of performance for your outlay, even leaving aside its excellent Retina screen, backlit keyboard and handy touchbar. We think Apple might just have nailed it.


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    Surprisingly useful Touch Bar

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    Excellent Retina display

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    Weight, size, design, keyboard…


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    16:10 screen, which annoys us for some reason

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    No HDMI port or memory card slot

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The MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 is one of a new generation of Apple computers. Apple has started the switch from its previous Intel processors to its own brand new M1 chip, and this is one of the first models to get it.

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Header Cell - Column 0 MacBook Air 13-inch M1MacBook Pro 13-inch M12013 MacBook Pro 13-inch
Single-core CPU score17221728401
Multi-core CPU score754775901114
OpenCL GPU score15967191483162
Metal GPU score1795321352422

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at