Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro battery life is unbelievable – even to Apple execs

Apple’s M1 chip, with unbelievable battery life, has won the “Breakthrough Award” in the 2021 Tom’s Guide Awards, which recognize the very best innovations, brands and products of the year.

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 delivers game-changing performance and the longest battery life ever on a Mac.
Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 delivers game-changing performance and the longest battery life ever on a Mac.

Tom’s Guide:

The Apple M1 chip is the kind of breakthrough that redefines what a computer can do… To get the M1 to truly sing, Apple couldn’t merely take an A Series Bionic chip from an iPhone and stuff it inside a Mac. It required a dramatic increase in performance while delivering class-leading endurance, as well as an intense collaboration between the engineers and Apple’s software team…

The most striking thing about the M1 is its battery life. For example, the MacBook Pro lasted an astounding 16 hours and 25 minutes in our web-surfing test. The previous Intel model lasted 10:21. That’s a huge difference, and this increase caused more than one double take within Apple.

“When we saw that first system and then you sat there and played with it for a few hours and the battery didn’t move, we thought ‘Oh man, that’s a bug, the battery indicator is broken,’” said Bob Borchers, VP of worldwide product marketing for Apple. “And then Tim’s laughing in the background, ‘Nope, that’s the way it’s supposed to be’ and it was pretty phenomenal.”

Meanwhile, the M1 also blows away most Windows laptops on performance…

MacDailyNews Take: Windows PCs offer the very best in inferior processors and second-rate operating systems.


  1. “Windows PCs offer… …second-rate operating systems.”

    Second rate?!? You are being way too generous MDN.

    I, myself, was thinking third rate or even, maybe, fourth rate.

    However, I settled for irate!

    1. Depends on your needs. No M chip is even close to replacing the Xeons in the Mac Pro. Maybe next year or 2023.

      Remember, we’re dealing with Pipeline Timmy.

  2. My M1 MacBook Pro is so freakishly snappy. It makes my 64GB i9 MacBook Pro feel lethargic. It’s like man my intel MacBook Pro took 2 seconds to display that web page and my M1 MacBook Pro seemed to blast it out instantly. Stuff like that. After a while you get used to it and when you move back to the Intel machine you start wondering WTF? Why is this thing that does what I want almost instantaneously so much slower than the one that does what I want instantaneously?

    I do have one problem with the M1 MBP. I cannot make it stay on a corporate VPN to save my life. I connect to the VPN and within a minute I get dropped.

  3. I too, have an M1 MBPro; And I am blown away by the battery life. In three months, I have only run it down once to the 5% mark and it was when I didn’t charge it overnight. Excellent!

  4. Sometimes, YouTube shows me videos from computer geeks who do things like “build” PCs and seem to spend all their time running performance benchmarks to tweak their systems. In one video, the guy demonstrated that swapping RAM modules (with essentially identical specs) reduced performance of an Intel laptop by 20%. The computing world outside Apple lacks meaningful standards. And separate RAM modules…? How quaint 📟 The industry follows Apple’s lead. What will the tech geeks do when they can’t swap RAM modules, measure the difference in performance, and make a 20-minute video about it? 😆

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