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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.

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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