iMac vs. MacBook Pro: Which Should You Choose?

Chip abilities Apple M1 are unique, in some tests it even beat the Mac Pro. But if you urgently need a new Mac for something serious, a Mac with an M1 inside might not be the best solution. The debut of the M1 was deafeningly triumphant, even Apple enthusiasts expected less. And all the good things that the media wrote about him are true, but in reality everything is somewhat more complicated. Macs with an M1 are good for serious work, but not for everyone. It is even more difficult if you cannot decide whether you need a desktop computer (iMac) or still need a laptop (MacBook Pro).

The iMac on the M1 makes it harder to choose

The M1 had several tasks. To prove that Intel x86 processors have an alternative to almost stalled processors, to amaze the public with the capabilities of these chips. But the goal was not to replace powerful workstations with computers with this chip inside. This is a chip for entry-level computers… With restrictions and simplifications acceptable in such computers, but clearly inappropriate in computers of higher classes. They need a different chip. Such a chip was supposed to be announced in the spring. It would be a modification of the M1, with the same cores and produced according to the same technological process.

Due to the lack of microchips, this did not happen. As a result, Macs with Intel are still relevant. For example, MacBook Pro 16 and iMac 27.

Comparison of MacBook Pro 16 and MacBook Pro 13 M1

I see no point in comparing the MacBook Pro M1 and the iMac 27. First, there is a strong difference in the screen diagonal. Secondly, these are computers of different levels. The same cannot be said about MacBook Pro 16. True, in tests (Geekbench 5) 16-inch MacBook Pro even with the most powerful Intel Core i9 for an additional fee inferior to Mac with M1 in performance central processor. Though not by much. But while this metric is important, performance is not the most important thing for a professional laptop. The discrete GPU in the 16-inch MacBook Pro outperforms the integrated GPU in the M1. M1 MacBook Pro, for example, in Geekbench Compute Metal is gaining 21842 pointsand the 16-inch MacBook Pro is 27677 points… In Geekbench Compute OpenCL and Cinebench R23, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is also ahead by a significant margin.

You can say whatever you want, but collectively the MacBook Pro 16 is more powerful

The 16-inch MacBook Pro’s 4 Thunderbolt / USB-C ports and the ability to connect up to 2 6K displays or up to 4 4K displays to a laptop outweigh all other M1 Macs.

Should you buy a MacBook Pro 16 or an iMac 27

The 16-inch MacBook Pro has a 9th Gen Intel processor. All variants of the 2020 27-inch iMac feature 10th generation Intel processors, including 10 cores. For desktops. In single-threaded tests, the 10-core chip is inferior to M1, in multi-threaded tests, it bypasses M1. The M1 has 1724/7569 points, the 10-core Intel Core i9 has 1259/8940 points.

In terms of graphics, the 27-inch iMac’s lead over the MacBook Pro 13 with M1 (even those with all 8 graphics cores active) is even more impressive. For obvious reasons, we cannot yet compare the M1 iMac with the 27-inch Intel iMac of 2020, but the chip in the M1 Macs is familiar to us, and even if it was overclocked to higher clock speeds in the 24-inch M1 iMac, the gap is not too great.

New 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros and iMacs with 29-, 30- or 32-inch screens with an unknown M-chip modification will change the situation. But when they will be announced and when they will start selling, it is not known. In addition, due to the crisis caused by the shortage of chips and electronic components, their production will lag behind needs.

Therefore, if a powerful professional Mac urgently needed, waiting is pointless. Either a 16-inch MacBook Pro or a 27-inch 2020 iMac will work for you.

Which to choose – 13-inch MacBook Pro or 24-inch iMac

iMac 24

Notice that the iMac 24 isn’t advertised as a montage computer?

Not all professional activities require exceptional power from a computer’s GPU. The 13-inch MacBook Pro range includes models with an M1 inside and two Thunderbolt / USB-C ports and a model with 10th Gen Intel Core i5. In terms of CPU and GPU performance, the M1 MacBook Pro significantly outperforms its Intel counterpart.

The M1 MacBook Pro only has two ports and can only be connected to one display – 4K, 5K, or 6K. If performance is more important, take the option with M1… Among 13-inch laptops, it has no competitors. But if the extra two ports and the ability to connect a second 4K display are more important, get a MacBook Pro with Intel.

And the 24-inch iMac (all variants with M1) has a great screen, different variants have two or four ports on the back (Thunderbolt / USB-C with USB4 support – only two). Currently, in Russia they cannot even be pre-ordered, and in those countries where pre-orders have already begun, the first copies will arrive at the customer no earlier than in the second half of May. In theory, this is an entry-level home computer, but as is the case with all other M1 Macs, it will perfectly cope with a fairly serious job, and even more so for communication in our Telegram chat.

There is another iMac model – with a non-Retina display and ancient 2-core processors (2017), I advise you to ignore it. Its sales are rumored to end soon. It is high time.


Source: AppleInsider.ru — крупнейший сайт о iPhone, iPad, Mac в России by appleinsider.ru.

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