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Apple's higher-end Macs are sticking with Intel chips for now

The MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac Mini are being sold with Apple's M1 chip, but the more expensive Macs are keeping the current chipsets.

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If you buy an iMac, it'll still be powered by an Intel chip.
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With its "One More Thing" Mac event Tuesday, Apple moved its MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac Mini onto its new M1 chip, but its higher-end computers are keeping the old Intel chips for the time being.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro, the iMac, the iMac Pro and the Mac Pro are available only with Intel chips, which Apple has used for more than a decade.

With the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 512GB Mac Mini, you can still choose to go with an Intel-based chip, but opting for the M1 chip will knock $500 off the price of the Pro and $200 off the Mini. However, the models with the Intel chip have extra Thunderbolt ports and a few differences under the hood. The M1, a big brother to the A-series chips in Apple's iPhone 12, is the only option for the MacBook Air.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment about transitioning its higher-end computers to the new chip.

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