Of course, the 2020 version of the pro-focused laptop was a bit of a harder sell, with the lines not entirely clear between the M1 version of the Pro and Air.
Today’s news is a bid to rectify that. Apple just dropped a new version of the MacBook Pro that draws a much clearer line between the system and its perennial favorite thin-and-light sibling.
The new system is powered by the new M1 Pro and Max, souped up versions of the chip the company unveiled at today’s event.
The company says the 10-core chip is capable of allowing up to 3x the memory bandwidth and up to of the M1, coupled with a 16 core GPU. The Max, meanwhile, bumps the GPU up to 32 cores.
What’s clear is that the company is targeting its bread and butter creative pro demographic in ways it didn’t with last year’s models.
Unlike last year’s model, the new models, which are available in 14- and 16-inch models offer entirely new redesigns. They also feature built-in fans for high-performance applications, though the company says it will rarely turn on.
The system also marks the end of the middling-received Touchbar, with a full function key in its place.
As one feature leaves, an old favorite returns. Magsafe is back (unleashed, get it?). The third-gen charger sports a proprietary port, but users will be able to continue charging via the Thunderbolt/USB-C ports. And, yes, this thing has ports. Three thunderbolt 4, HDMI and an SDXC card slot, to be exact.
The bezel has been reduced, instead opting for an iPhone-style notch at the top to house the webcam. The camera has — thankfully — been upgraded for these teleconferencing days at 1080p (no 4k, sadly, but an improvement over the long-standing model) with a larger sensor and wider aperture.
The 16-inch (well, 16.2) version has a 3456 x 2240 resolution, while the 14-inch is 3024 x 1964. Peak brightness is 1600 nits and the refresh rate is 120Hz. Along with the new screen comes some dramatically improved audio. The grilles (which monopolize much of the surface real estate) cover a six-speaker system, with four woofers and two tweeters.
The systems support faster charging and improved battery life at up to 21 hours of video playback, by Apple’s count. The “beast” of a laptop isn’t light. They’re 4.7 pounds and 3.5 pounds, respectively. The 14-inch starts at $1,999, while the 16-inch runs $2,499. The Max version of the M1 is available as an upgrade, adding an additional $200 for the 24-core GPU and $400 for the 36-core version.
They’re up for pre-order today and start shipping next week. The 13-inch Pro is also sticking around for the time being, effectively filling the role once occupied by the standard MacBook.
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Apple Unveils Redesigned MacBook Pro With Notch, Added Ports, ProMotion Mini-LED Display, M1 Pro or M1 Max Chip
Apple today announced its long-awaited major redesign for the MacBook Pro, featuring configurations with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chip, a mini-LED display with ProMotion, an HDMI port and SDXC card reader, charging with MagSafe 3, a notch housing a 1080p webcam, and more.
The MacBook Pro features a new design and is available with 14.2-inch and 16.2-inch display sizes. The 14.2-inch model is 15.5mm thick and weighs 3.5 pounds, while the 16.2-inch model is 16.8mm thick and weighs 4.7 pounds. The all-new aluminum enclosure also contains a completely new thermal design. It continues to be available in Silver and Space Gray.
There are now more ports available, with the right side of the machine offering an HDMI port, a Thunderbolt 4 port, and an SDXC card reader. The left side of the machine features a MagSafe 3 port, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and a headphone jack. The keyboard now has a full-height function key row in place of the Touch Bar and the entire keyboard area is black.
The MacBook Pro features significantly reduced display borders that are 3.5mm thick, with a notch out of the top of the display for the webcam. The webcam now offers a 1080p resolution with a wider aperture, a larger image sensor, and benefits from an improved image signal processor.
The display itself is a mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display, which also features ProMotion for refresh rates up to 120Hz. The Liquid Retina XDR display offers 1,000 nits of sustained brightness, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a million to one contrast ratio.
he new MacBook Pro also features improved studio-quality mics and speakers that support Spatial Audio, with the 16-inch model containing a six-speaker system.
The MacBook Pro now features magnetic charging with MagSafe 3, which gives the device fast charging for up to 50 percent charge in 30 minutes. It remains possible to charge using the Thunderbolt ports. When playing back video, the 14.2-inch model offers up to 17 hours of battery life, while the 16.2-inch model can deliver up to 21 hours of video playback.
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Apple stopped selling Intel-based laptops just moments after it announced the new MacBook Pros
- After announcing the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple stopped selling its Intel-based MacBook Pro models.
- The new 14-inch and 16-inch models run on Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, with prices starting at $1,999 and $2,499 respectively.
- You can still purchase the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro running on the original M1 processor from Apple.
Apple announced new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops that run on new versions of the company’s M1 series of processors.
These new processors are more powerful iterations of the standard M1 processor that was released in 2020, called the M1 Pro and the M1 Max. The company promises that the M1 Pro and M1 Max deliver significantly faster performance than the standard M1.
Along with new M1 processors, the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros come with new designs, major screen improvements, and the return of common ports like HDMI, an SD card slot, and even the return of the beloved MagSafe charging port. Apple also ditched the divisive Touch Bar in the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros for traditional Function keys.