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 comes in 14-inch and 16-inch display sizes where the 14-inch model is 15.5mm thick and weighs 3.5 pounds, and the 16-inch model is 16.8mm thick and weighs 4.7 pounds.
The pro notebook from Apple comes in 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, featuring a 10-core CPU which is made up of eight performance cores and two high-efficiency cores. It can support up to 32GB of memory and 200GB/s memory bandwidth, which is nearly three times the bandwidth of M1. There’s also a 16-core GPU inside which is two times faster than the M1.
The M1 Max features a 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, an enhanced media engine featuring two ProRes accelerators, and up to 400GB/s of memory bandwidth. It can support up to 64GB of memory. Apple touts the M1 Max as “the world’s most powerful chip for a pro notebook.”
Talking about the display, the pro notebooks have 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 bezels on these MacBooks are reduced to 3.5mm with a notch on the top. The notch houses a 1080p FaceTime HD camera with a wider aperture, larger image sensor, and improved image signal processor.
The new MacBook Pro comes with improved studio-quality mics and speakers supporting Spatial Audio. The 16-inch model has a six-speaker system resulting in 80 percent more bass.
MagSafe is returning to the MacBook Pro. The device can be charged up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. The 14-inch model offers up to 17 hours of video playback, and the 16-inch model offers up to 21 hours of video playback.
Apple has finally added more ports to the Mac notebook. There’s an HDMI port, three Thunderbolt 4 ports, and an SDXC card slot. The fancy Touch Bar is now replaced by a full-height function key row, and the Magic Keyboard comes in double-anodized black color.
The new MacBook Pro has Silver and Space Gray color choices. The 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999. The 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499. Education pricing is also available, with pre-orders beginning October 18.