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Costco: MacBook Pro 13.3" – Apple M1 Chip 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU – 8GB Memory – 512GB SSD – Space Gray - $1299.99

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Apple MacBook Pro 13.3", M1 Chip 8-core CPU & GPU, 8GB Mem, 512GB SSD in both Space Gray or Silver for $1299.99 after $150 Off thru 08/23 plus Shipping & Handling is Free.

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Apple M1 Chip 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU
512GB SSD storage
8GB unified memory
13.3" Retina display
20 hour battery life

Design
Backlit Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar and Touch ID for secure unlock and payments
Active cooling system sustains incredible performance

Operating System
macOS Big Sur with a bold new design and major app updates for Safari, Messages, and Maps

Dimensions and Weight
11.97" x 8.36" x .63"
3.0 lbs

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hockeyfan4u asked this question on 08-02-2021 at 04:14 PM
08-02-2021 at 04:14 PM
I have only seen the 16gb for sale on B&H photo and directly through Apple.com. I have seen a few other places(like Amazon marketplace) but they were third-party sellers and don't know if they were authorized resellers so not sure about warranty status. Never seen a decent deal for 16gb though.
If you feel your workload really need 16gb, if you have the extra cash now you can get it via Apple. OR I would suggest you wait for much rumored refresh mostly like next year( but possibly later this year) when the next MX chip is released with the Macbook pro redesign for both 14" and 16".

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Isn't this the same price as on apples website?
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Isn't this the same price as on apples website?
That's for the 256 gb SSD version. This one has 512 gb, so it's a better deal.
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I'm a PC user so forgive my Mac ignorance; my daughter is headed to college majoring in graphic design. She'd like a MacBook Pro. Almost all the deals I see for MacBook Pro's are for 8GB versions and it is usually a big jump in price to 16GB.
Would a college design major be able to work with 8GB or is 16GB pretty much a must have for someone doing Photoshop and Illustrator work?
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I'm a PC user so forgive my Mac ignorance; my daughter is headed to college majoring in graphic design. She'd like a MacBook Pro. Almost all the deals I see for MacBook Pro's are for 8GB versions and it is usually a big jump in price to 16GB.
Would a college design major be able to work with 8GB or is 16GB pretty much a must have for someone doing Photoshop and Illustrator work?
I hope she has shown prior passion and dedication before you fork over 2 grand

Edit: she may be just fine with an 8gb mb air

https://youtu.be/Qtzlj5cJcoQ
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Quote from CaptainHook :
I'm a PC user so forgive my Mac ignorance; my daughter is headed to college majoring in graphic design. She'd like a MacBook Pro. Almost all the deals I see for MacBook Pro's are for 8GB versions and it is usually a big jump in price to 16GB.
Would a college design major be able to work with 8GB or is 16GB pretty much a must have for someone doing Photoshop and Illustrator work?
16gb or 32gb good speed when files are big it kick in without crashing.
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As you can see on the m1 Macbook Air threads, Apple is so far ahead of their competition that they keep lowering the price and giving deeper and deeper discounts. Wink
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Quote from CaptainHook :
I'm a PC user so forgive my Mac ignorance; my daughter is headed to college majoring in graphic design. She'd like a MacBook Pro. Almost all the deals I see for MacBook Pro's are for 8GB versions and it is usually a big jump in price to 16GB.
Would a college design major be able to work with 8GB or is 16GB pretty much a must have for someone doing Photoshop and Illustrator work?
So here is my opinion, 8gb of ram is probably enough for 95% of most activities. The 5% of the times that the additional ram is required though, it is 'definitely' required. If the amount of ram used by apps is exceeded then the entire system takes a performance hit as the computer now has to use hard drive memory as a swap drive (this also degrades the hard drive over time). Personally I purchased the 256gb air, with the 8gb of ram, but found that I could only run a certain app on windows (was not available on mac). Fortunately Windows can run as a virtual machine on the mac with a program called Parallels, but it consumes the entire ram allocation. So I shipped back the 256gb, 8gb of ram m1, and swapped it for the 512gb and 16gb version of the m1. Parallels runs windows smoothly now, and I don't have to worry about filling up the smaller hard drive with apps. I would check to see if the m1 air (not pro) is acceptable, it doesn't have the touch bar, has a slightly smaller battery, and doesn't have an internal fan. None of these 'upgrades' justify the cost difference between the air and the pro. The m1 air is an awesome laptop, it checks everything off of my list for a professional programming laptop. The cpu and gpu are way more than what is necessary for either photoshop or adobe illustrator, it has a super bright greater than 1440p resolution screen, a backlit keyboard, 18 hour battery life, 2 thunderbolt ports than can be expanded with an adapter. I bought a bluetooth mouse, and a $20 case, screen protector, and keyboard cover bundle. Teachers and students get a direct discount from apple, and the cost difference for the 16gb is $180. This might help too.. in some number of years.. when you want to re-sell the laptop, 95% of the market will be saturated with 8gb unusable computers, but the 16gb will be usable until the machine stops functioning. I have zero complaints about my purchase and find new innovative ways to improve my workflow almost every day. The trackpad gestures are actually incredible, zooming and swiping windows. As a side note, Parallels does consume battery power quite a bit when running, but more optimizations are on the way to fix this. Still a great Parallels user experience.
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Quote from Sugartoes :
I hope she has shown prior passion and dedication before you fork over 2 grand

Edit: she may be just fine with an 8gb mb air

https://youtu.be/Qtzlj5cJcoQ
Keep in mind the video review is for macbook pro 8GB vs 16GB. This offer is for a Macbook Air
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Just bought the same computer from Best Buy for $1249. It's part of their student discounts for the next 2 days.
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Mac air with m1, 8gb, 256gb is a better deal at 750. $500 extra for slightly better gpu and 256gb ssd is not worth it imo.
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I went with the MacBook Air 512gb 8gb. From what I understand, these new MacBooks have really fast ram and are more efficient so most can get by with 8gb. That said, I'm not sure what I'd be missing with going to the MacBook Pro for an extra $250 (similar spec'd MacBook Air is $999)
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I went with the MacBook Air 512gb 8gb. From what I understand, these new MacBooks have really fast ram and are more efficient so most can get by with 8gb. That said, I'm not sure what I'd be missing with going to the MacBook Pro for an extra $250 (similar spec'd MacBook Air is $999)
Mainly the touchbar and cooling fan. If youre doing anything with sustained loads that requires a fan then get the pro.
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Mainly the touchbar and cooling fan. If youre doing anything with sustained loads that requires a fan then get the pro.
Touch Bar is on its way out. Semi useful for just a few programs. Was a really bad idea IMO.

I'm torn between this lower spec mba, and waiting for the new 16" MacBook Pro. But I have a powerhouse so I think the mba is the best fit.
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