M1 MacBook Pro 16” vs. 2020 MacBook Pro 16”

Here is a side by side comparison between M1 MacBook Pro 16” and 2020 MacBook Pro 16” specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Key Differences

M1 MacBook Pro 16” image

M1 MacBook Pro 16”

2020 MacBook Pro 16” image

2020 MacBook Pro 16”

M1 MacBook Pro 16” Pros

Reasons that M1 MacBook Pro 16” is better than 2020 MacBook Pro 16”.

Much faster CPU performance

Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G) inside M1 MacBook Pro 16” has a 87% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i9-9980HK inside 2020 MacBook Pro 16”.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
M1 MacBook Pro 16” - Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
12,185
M1 MacBook Pro 16” - Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
11,988
2020 MacBook Pro 16” - Intel Core i9-9980HK
6,504
2020 MacBook Pro 16” - Intel Core i9-9880H
6,100
2020 MacBook Pro 16” - Intel Core i7-9750H
4,880

2020 MacBook Pro 16” Pros

Reasons that 2020 MacBook Pro 16” is better than M1 MacBook Pro 16”.

Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to AMD Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB HBM2 vs. integrated

About 9% lighter

The 2020 MacBook Pro 16” weighed 4.3 pounds, 9% lighter than the 4.7 pounds M1 MacBook Pro 16”.

WeightM1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
Pound
4.7 lbs.
4.3 lbs.
Kilogram
2.13 kg
1.95 kg

M1 MacBook Pro 16”: Our analysis and reviews

M1 MacBook Pro 16” image

What we like

Reasons to like about M1 MacBook Pro 16”.

Awesome battery life of up to 21-hours

According to Apple, the M1 MacBook Pro 16” lasts up to 21 hours of battery life.

  • Up to 14 hours wireless web
  • Up to 21 hours of Apple TV app movie playback

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about M1 MacBook Pro 16”.

Non-upgradable storage

M1 MacBook Pro 16” has soldered storage, and there are no M.2 slots for expansion. Learn more.

Non-upgradable memory

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

All-New MacBook Pro Design

The new design focus on functionality and performance. It has a larger chassis that provides more room for an advanced thermal system that can move 50 percent more air than the previous generation.

New M1 Pro and M1 Max Chip

The new 16” MacBook Pro features the new M1 Pro, and M1 Max applies a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture. Both processors feature fast unified memory and increased memory bandwidth up to 400GB/s, 8-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, and with best-in-class performance per watt and industry-leading power efficiency.

New Liquid Retina XDR with ProMotion Display

Featuring the mini-LED technology used in iPad Pro, the Liquid Retina XDR display delivers up to 1,000 nits of sustained, full-screen brightness, an incredible 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

Better Battery Life of up to 21 hours

It delivers up to 21 hours of video playback, seven more hours than its previous-generation 16-inch Intel MacBook Pro.

Much faster CPU performance

Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G) inside M1 MacBook Pro 16” has a 87% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i9-9980HK inside 2020 MacBook Pro 16”.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
M1 MacBook Pro 16” - Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
12,185
M1 MacBook Pro 16” - Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
11,988
2020 MacBook Pro 16” - Intel Core i9-9980HK
6,504
2020 MacBook Pro 16” - Intel Core i9-9880H
6,100
2020 MacBook Pro 16” - Intel Core i7-9750H
4,880

What's missing

Downsides over its predecessor.

Removed features

Here is the list of features removed from the 16-inch M1 MacBook Pro laptop:

  • Removed Touchbar
  • One less Thunderbolt ports
No Bootcamp

You can no longer install and run Windows 10/11 via Bootcamp on the newer Arm-based M1 chip. The only solution you have for now is to use virtualization.

About 9% heavier

M1 MacBook Pro 16” weighed 4.7 pounds, 9% heavier than the 4.3 pounds 2020 MacBook Pro 16”.

WeightM1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
Pound
4.7 lbs.
4.3 lbs.
Kilogram
2.13 kg
1.95 kg

2020 MacBook Pro 16”: Our analysis and reviews

2020 MacBook Pro 16” image

What we like

Reasons to like about 2020 MacBook Pro 16”.

Great battery life of up to 11-hours

According to Apple, the 2020 MacBook Pro 16” lasts up to 11 hours of battery life.

  • Up to 11 hours wireless web
  • Up to 11 hours Apple TV app movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
Supports discrete graphics
Configurable up to AMD Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB HBM2

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about 2020 MacBook Pro 16”.

Non-upgradable storage

The 2020 MacBook Pro 16” has soldered storage, and there are no M.2 slots for expansion. Learn more.

Non-upgradable memory

Key Features

M1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
At Glance
Released in Late
2021
16:10 XDR
16.2”
2234p 120Hz
Weight
4.7 lb
2.13 kg
Up to
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
10C/10T, 3.20 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,747
Single Core
Geekbench 5
12,185
Multi-Core
With integrated
Apple M1 Max iGPU
32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores
Configurable up to
64GB
Unified Memory
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Ports
Released in
2020
16:10 Retina
16”
1920p 60Hz
Weight
4.3 lb
1.95 kg
Up to
Intel Core i9-9980HK
8C/16T, 2.40 → 5.00 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,114
Single Core
Geekbench 5
6,504
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics 630
24 Execution Units, 350 → 1250 MHz
Configurable up to
64GB
2666 MHz DDR4
AMD
Radeon Pro 5600M
8GB HBM2

Availability

M1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
Released20212020
Release Date
  • Announced on October 18, 2021.
  • Available on October 26, 2021.
  • Announced in June 2020.
  • Available in June 2020.
Pricing
  • $2,499
    M1 Pro 10-Core CPU 16-Core GPU 16GB 512GB
  • $2,699
    M1 Pro 10-Core CPU 16-Core GPU 16GB 1TB
  • $3,499
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 32GB 1TB
  • $3,899
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 1TB
  • $4,299
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 2TB
  • $4,899
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 4TB
  • $6,099
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 8TB
  • $2,399 - Intel Core i7 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | Radeon 5300M 4GB
  • $2,799 - Intel Core i7 | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | Radeon 5500M 4GB
Generations
Stores

Exterior

M1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
Size Comparison
M1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
Dimensions
  • Height: 0.66 inch (1.68 cm)
  • Width: 14.01 inches (35.57 cm)
  • Depth: 9.77 inches (24.81 cm)
  • Height: 0.64 inch (1.62 cm)
  • Width: 14.09 inches (35.79 cm)
  • Depth: 9.68 inches (24.59 cm)
Weight
  • 4.7 pounds (2.1 kg)
    M1 Pro models.
  • 4.8 pounds (2.2 kg)
    M1 Max models.
Starting at 4.3 pounds (2.0 kg)
Colors
Space Gray Silver
Space Gray Silver
Keyboard and TrackpadBacklit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys including 12 full-height function keys and 4 arrow keys in an inverted-T arrangement
  • Touch ID
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures
Backlit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 65 (U.S.) or 66 (ISO) keys including 4 arrow keys in an inverted‑T arrangement
  • Touch Bar
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure‑sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure‑sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures

Display

M1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
Size16.2 Inches16 Inches
Info
  • Liquid Retina XDR display
    • 16.2-inch (diagonal) Liquid Retina XDR display;10 3456-by-2234 native resolution at 254 pixels per inch
  • XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range)
    • Up to 1000 nits sustained (full-screen) brightness, 1600 nits peak brightness
    • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
    • Color
      1 billion colors Wide color (P3) True Tone technology
  • Refresh rates
    • ProMotion technology for adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz
    • Fixed refresh rates: 47.95Hz, 48.00Hz, 50.00Hz, 59.94Hz, 60.00Hz
 
Retina display
  • 16‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit display with IPS technology; 3072‑by‑1920 native resolution at 226 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 2048 by 1280
    • 1792 by 1120
    • 1344 by 840
    • 1152 by 720
  • 500 nits brightness
  • Wide color (P3)
  • True Tone technology
  • Refresh rates: 47.95Hz, 48.00Hz, 50.00Hz, 59.94Hz, 60.00Hz

Ports

M1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
M1 MacBook Pro 16” image
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Ports
Image Source: Apple
Left (4)
  • 1 x power port
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Charging
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Right (3)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Charging
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x full-size SD card slot
2020 MacBook Pro 16” image
Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB‑C) ports with support for:
  • Charging
  • DisplayPort
  • Thunderbolt (up to 40Gb/s)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)

Internal Specs

M1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
Processor
  1. Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  2. Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  1. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H
    6 cores, 12 threads, 2.60 → 4.50 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 45W
  2. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9880H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.30 → 4.80 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W
  3. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.40 → 5.00 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

M1 MacBook Pro 16”1
Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)1,73799.43%
2
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)1,747100.00%
2020 MacBook Pro 16”1
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H1,04459.76%
2
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9880H1,06661.02%
3
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK1,11463.77%
01,747

Geekbench 5 Multi Core

M1 MacBook Pro 16”1
Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)11,98898.38%
2
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)12,185100.00%
2020 MacBook Pro 16”1
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H4,88040.05%
2
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9880H6,10050.06%
3
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK6,50453.38%
012,185
Integrated Graphics
  1. Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
    Apple M1 Pro iGPU
    16 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  2. Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
    Apple M1 Max iGPU
    32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  1. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1150 MHz
  2. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9880H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1200 MHz
  3. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1250 MHz
Memory
16GB 32GB 64GB
Unified Memory
16GB 32GB 64GB
2666MHz DDR4 onboard memory
Discrete Graphics-
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory (20 CUs)
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory (24 CUs)
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6 memory (24 CUs)
New
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5600M with 8GB of HBM2 memory (40 CUs)
Storage
512GB 1TB 2TB 4TB 8TB
SSD
512GB 1TB 2TB 4TB 8TB
SSD

Connectivity

M1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 wireless technologyBluetooth 5.0 wireless technology

Battery

M1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
Size100 Wh lithium‑polymer battery100 Wh lithium‑polymer battery
Battery Life
  • Up to 14 hours wireless web
  • Up to 21 hours of Apple TV app movie playback
  • Up to 11 hours wireless web
  • Up to 11 hours Apple TV app movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
Power Supply140W USB‑C Power Adapter 
Charging up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with included USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable.
96W USB‑C Power Adapter

Software

M1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
OSShipped with macOS MontereyShipped with macOS Catalina
Built-in Apps
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player

Camera & Audio

M1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
Camera1080p FaceTime HD camera 
Advanced image signal processor with computational video.
720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • High-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-canceling woofers
  • Wide stereo sound
  • Support for spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos on built-in speakers
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking when using AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max
  • Studio-quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones
  • High‑fidelity six‑speaker system with force‑cancelling woofers
  • Wide stereo sound
  • Support for Dolby Atmos playback
  • Studio‑quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack

Misc

M1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
SensorsTouch ID sensor
  • Touch ID sensor
Security
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
In the box
  • 16‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 140W USB‑C Power Adapter
  • USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable (2 m)
  • 16‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 96W USB‑C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)
WarrantyYour MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage every 12 months, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.Your MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one‑year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.
More
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at 1 billion colors and:
    • Up to two external displays with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors (M1 Pro) or
    • Up to three external displays with up to 6K resolution and one external display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors (M1 Max)
  • Thunderbolt 4 digital video output
    • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
    • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)
  • HDMI digital video output
    • Support for one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz
    • DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
Video Support
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colors and:
    • Up to two displays with 6016‑by‑3384 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors or
    • Up to four displays with 4096‑by‑2304 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors
  • Thunderbolt 3 digital video output
    • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
    • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)

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