The 14.2-inch display is backlit by mini-LEDs with 1000 nits of brightness. This means better blacks, a one-million-to-one contrast ratio, and a better display all around.
The port situation is improved on the 14-inch model as well. There are three Thunderbolt 4 ports instead of two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI port, SD card slot, and MagSafe in place of, well, nothing.
The M1 Pro and M1 Max are not only more powerful than the M1, but they also have better capabilities too. The latest MacBook Pros can connect multiple external displays over Thunderbolt and HDMI, whereas the M1 13-inch MacBook Pro could only have one external monitor.
The loss of the Touch Bar is either a plus or a minus, depending on who you ask. In its place, there is a full-size row of function keys. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is likely the last one to house the Touch Bar.
Apple replaced the Touch Bar with a row of full-sized function keys — a move we’re not entirely happy with. We liked the Touch Bar and believe Apple could have provided a more versatile option than a row of static keys.