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Apple unveils MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips

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Apple MacBook Pro 2021

Apple unveiled its long-awaited redesigned MacBook Pro, featuring the new M1 Pro and ‌M1‌ Max chip. The Macbook comes with a notch housing a 1080p webcam, mini-LED display with ProMotion, an HDMI port, and more.

The MacBook Pro is available with 14-inch and 16-inch display sizes where the 14-inch model is 15.5mm thick and weighs 3.5 pounds, while the 16-inch model is 16.8mm thick and weighs 4.7 pounds.

The MacBook comes with multiple configurations of the new Apple silicon chips, M1 Pro and M1 Max. The ‌M1‌ Pro chip is a more powerful variant of the ‌M1‌ chip as it features an 8-core or 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, a more capable Media Engine, more Thunderbolt controllers, and more.

The ‌M1‌ Max chip, “the world’s most powerful chip for a pro notebook”, features a 10-core CPU as the ‌M1‌ Pro, doubles the GPU with up to 32-core GPU, an enhanced media engine featuring two ProRes accelerators, up to 400GB/s of memory bandwidth, and more.

Taking about the display it has a mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display, with ProMotion for refresh rates up to 120Hz. The XDR display offers 1,000 nits of sustained brightness, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

The MacBook features a larger display than the previous models but with reduced display borders that are 3.5mm thick. The webcam offers users a 1080p resolution, doubling resolution, and low-light performance with a wider aperture, a larger image sensor, and an improved image signal processor.

The device comes with improved studio-quality mics and speakers supporting Spatial Audio, with the 16-inch model containing a six-speaker system resulting in 80 percent more bass.

The MacBook Pro features magnetic charging with ‌MagSafe‌ 3. The device can be fast charged for up to 50 percent charge in 30 minutes. The 14.2-inch model offers up to 17 hours of battery life, and the 16.2-inch model offers up to 21 hours of video playback.

Apple has finally added more ports to the device by bringing back an HDMI port, a Thunderbolt 4 port, and an SDXC card reader. The fancy Touch Bar has now been replaced by a full-height function key row and the Magic Keyboard comes in double-anodized black color.

The new MacBook Pro is available in Silver and Space Gray and users can pre-order it from October 18. They will begin arriving to customers in selected Apple Stores starting from 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, and $2,299 for education.

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