26 October 2021
Apple has announced the new MacBook Pro models at its Unleashed event on October 18, 2021. The new models are powered by the all-new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, Apple’s custom-made processors designed specifically for the Mac.
The new MacBook Pro comes in 14-inch and 16-inch models and they feature Liquid Retina XDR display, 1080p FaceTime HD camera, SDXC card slot as well as HDMI port, and more ports like MagSafe 3.
The new MacBook Pro models feature a new design and the major change can be seen on the top bezels which have now been cut down to a mere notch, just like the ones available on iPhones. The new MacBook Pro models have an aluminum enclosure that optimizes internal space for more performance and features. Apple has provided better thermal management on the new machines. The company claims that there is an advanced thermal system that can move 50 percent more air than the previous generation, even at lower fan speeds.
The all-new MacBook Pro models feature a Liquid Retina XDR display that uses mini-LED technology, which was previously available on the iPad Pro. There is also an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz using Apple’s proprietary ProMotion technology.
The new M1 Pro chip features up to a 10-core CPU with eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, along with an up to 16-core GPU. Apple claims the all-new M1 Pro chip delivers up to 70 percent faster CPU performance than M1, and up to 2x faster GPU performance.
Apple claims the M1 Max, on the other hand, takes “M1 Pro’s amazing capabilities even further.” The M1 Max features the same 10-core CPU but doubles the GPU with up to a massive 32 cores for up to 4x faster GPU performance than M1.
Apple further elaborates the M1 Max has a huge amount of memory available which could really help some consumers like 3D artists. Apple also touts that MacBook Pro with M1 Max chips can allow you to edit up to 30 streams of 4K ProRes video or up to seven streams of 8K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro.
Also together with 16-core Neural Engine, both the M1 Pro and M1 Max allow faster ML tasks. Apple touts MacBook Pro offers up to 7.2x faster scene edit detection in 1080p ProRes 422 video in Adobe Premiere Pro, also up to 8.7x faster object tracking performance in Final Cut Pro with an M1 Pro-powered MacBook Pro, while the one with M1 Max takes it up to 11.5x faster.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro model delivers up to 17 hours of video playback, while the 16-inch model can offer up to 21 hours of video playback. The new models run macOS Monterey out-of-the-box and Apple claims this version has been specially optimized for the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.
The new MacBook Pro has Magic Keyboard which features a full-height function row. These MacBook Pro models also include a six-speaker sound system that has two tweeters and four force-canceling woofers. There is also Dolby Atmos and spatial audio support for a surround sound experience while on the go.
Customers can order the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models now from Apple Store. They will be available in select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorised Resellers starting Tuesday, October 26. The new 14-inch MacBook Pro model starts at $1,999 and $1,849 for education; the 16-inch MacBook Pro model starts at $2,499 for regular customers and $2,299 for education.