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The all new MacBook Pro from Apple.
The all new MacBook Pro.
The most powerful MacBook Pro ever is here. With the blazing-fast M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, you get groundbreaking performance and amazing battery life. Add to that a stunning Liquid Retina XDR display, the best camera and audio ever in a Mac laptop, and all the ports you need. The first laptop of its kind, this MacBook Pro is a beast.
The new MacBook Pro is available in two different screen sizes, the 14” and 16” Models. It also has two different colour options, Silver and Space Grey, as well as two different storage capacities, 512GB SSD storage or 1TB SSD storage. In this latest instalment of Tecca News, we break down your different options, as well as the giant leap forward Apple have taken with these new MacBook Pro models:
- The new M1 chips
- Design and Colours
- Battery Life
- Front Camera & Audio
- Touch Bar
1. The new M1 chips
Apple’s latest release in its M1 chip line, The Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max represent a leap forward in processing performance. The Pro and Max clearly differ in terms of peak performance, with the M1 Max doubling some important contributors to theoretical performance, notably the number of hardware ProRes accelerators, which is extremely important for pro video editing, and doubled bandwidth for some internal interfaces, like that between memory and the processor. Those won't necessarily result in double performance delivered in real-world use, though.
The M1 Pro and Max chips will vary differ slightly depending which model they come with. For example, The M1 Pro will provide a total of 8-core CPU performance in the 14” model, with 10-core CPU performance in the 16’ model. The maximum support RAM from the old M1 Chip max 16GB, this has been increased to 32GB with the Pro chip and an amazing 64GB with the Max chip.
The 14” and 16” MacBook Pro’s are the first Apple laptops to use mini-LED screens, or Liquid Retina XDR. Used in the 12.9” iPad Pro, mini-LED is a backlighting technology that has several more LEDs than what is currently implemented. This results in better control of the backlight, better image contrast, and greater dynamic range. These laptop displays are also the first to support a 120Hz refresh rate using ProMotion technology, which was previously only seen in Apple’s iPhones and the iPad Pro.
Apple’s specs for the display include a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 1,000 nits of full‑screen brightness and 1,600 nits of peak brightness. The 14” model has a native resolution of 3024x1964 at 254 pixels per inch, while the 16” version has a native resolution of 3456‑by‑2234 at 254 pixels per inch. The displays also support the P3 colour gamut and True Tone. All of this meaning a crystal clear and vivid display.
3. Design and Colours
The new 14” and 16” MacBook Pro’s feature a new aluminium case design that makes the laptop smaller than previous models. The 14-inch MacBook Pro is 0.61 inches tall and weighs 3.5 pounds, while the 16” model is 0.66 inches tall and 4.7 pounds.
The bezel, or border around the display, has been greatly reduced, so much so that the MacBook Pro logo is no longer at the bottom on the screen—it’s on the bottom on the laptop. The top of the display has a notch for the FaceTime camera, just like the iPhone.
Apple offers the MacBook Pro in two colours, Silver and Space Gray.
The MacBook Pro comes with three Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports. Apple also includes an SDXC card slot, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a headphone jack that has support for high-impedance headphones. The power adapter connects to a new MagSafe connector on the laptop, which support faster charging for the first time, charging up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.
5. Battery Life
The 2021 MacBook Pro has a drastically improved battery, and the battery times will depend on usage as well as the model of MacBook you purchase. The 14” MacBooks come with 70 Watt Lithium-Polymer battery, whilst the 16” Models come with a 100 Watt Lithium-Polymer battery. Below, we breakdown the expected battery performance for both the 14” and 16” MacBooks.
14” MacBook Pro
- Up to 17 hours Apple TV app movie playback
- Up to 11 hours wireless web
16” MacBook Pro
- Up to 21 hours Apple TV app movie playback
- Up to 14 hours wireless web
6. Front Camera & Audio
That notch on the top of the display houses a new 1080p FaceTime HD camera. Apple has finally replaced the 720p FaceTime camera, and the new camera should result in much better image quality. This FaceTime camera is similar to the one found in the 24-inch M1 iMac, except that it doesn’t support the ultra wide functionality.
Apple has also made improvements when it comes to audio playback and recording. The new MacBook Pro has a six-speaker system, with four tweeters and two woofers. The woofers are force-cancelling, and Apple claims that they deliver 80 percent more bass than previously. The speakers also have support for spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos. And if you are using the laptop with the new third-gen AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max, there is spatial audio with dynamic head tracking. Apple calls the built-in three-mic array “studio quality” with a high signal-to-noise ratio.
7. Touch Bar
With the latest MacBook Pro from Apple, the Touch Bar has been removed. They have reverted back to the older style of Macbook, and replaced this glass touch screen component with physical, full sized option keys. There is a Touch ID button on the upper right of the keyboard, just like on the previous MacBook Pro models but it has a circular ring just like on the iMac keyboard. Also, the area on either side of the keyboard is expanded, allowing for more speakers and better performing audio.
You can pre order the new MacBook Pro today online at tecca.ie or in our Grafton Street store.