Apple has finally revealed the new MacBook Pro 2021, which features several upgrades including more powerful processors, a new display and like the iPhone 13, a notch.
Available in both 14-inch and 16-inch sizes, the new MacBook Pros can both be picked up with either the new M1 Max or M1 Pro chips (not the previously rumoured M1X) and offer a sizeable performance boost over the previous Intel-powered 16-inch MacBook Pro.
But with extravagant price points, you’ll only want to consider these high-performance laptop if you’re going to make the most out of its excellent GPU power.
Design and Port selection
The Touch Bar is officially dead, with a new full-height keyboard (and Touch ID sensor) taking its place. To give the keyboard even more of a distinctive look, it now sits in a contrasting black well that Apple says helps the backlight stand out more.
Around the side of the MacBook Pro 2021 there are ports – and we’re not just talking about USB-C.
Now there’s HDMI, a slot for an SDXC card, 3x Thunderbolt 4 ports inside USB-C housing, a very capable headphone/mic port and MagSafe. Apple has reintroduced its magnetic charging port and this charging method will give you a 50% charge in 30 minutes.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro weighs 1.6kg, and is just 15.5mm thick. We wouldn’t exactly call that an “ultra-portable”, but it’s still thinner and lighter than other high-performance laptops such as the Razer Blade 14.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro isn’t quite as dainty, with the M1 Pro version weighing 2.1kg and the M1 Max configuration hitting the scales at a 2.2kg. It’s also noticeably chunkier at 16.8mm.
At least the 1080p webcam should be a huge improvement over the older model. There’s a six-speaker sound system too.
The Liquid Retina XDR displays themselves look lovely. Taking cues from theiPad Pro 12.9-inch, both models have a Mini-LED panel for deeper blacks, higher brightness levels (Apple says 1000 nits) and ProMotion for adaptive 120Hz refresh rate.
In terms of resolution, the 16-inch has 3456 x 2234 while the 14-inch 3020 x 1944. That means the 14-inch has more pixels than the previous 16-inch model. These displays do sound pretty special, so let’s hope that notch isn’t too distracting.
Performance and battery
Both chips uses the same 5nm architecture as the original M1, but with more transistors and cores to boost the performance. The M1 Pro has up to a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, while the M1 Max boosts the performance even further with a 32-core GPU.
But what kind of performance can we expect from these specs? Apple claims the new 10-core CPU in both the M1 Pro and M1 Max results in 2.1x faster performance than the 8-core Intel Core i9 chip found inside the previous 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Furthermore, the 32-core M1 Max GPU is apparently 2.9x faster than the previous MacBook Pro’s AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU, while the 16-core M1 Pro GPU is supposedly 1.7x quicker.
If you need it, you can push that memory up to 64GB (on the M1 Max) and the storage up to 8TB.
For battery life, Apple’s claims are 17 hours of video playback for the 14-inch model and 21 hours for the 16-inch model. These are impressive results for a high-performance laptop, but you can expect shorter stamina when dealing with high workloads such as video editing.
Prices and Pre-order now
Pre-order starts now now and delivery from 26th Oct onwards. There are 2 new models, namely 14 inch display and 16 inch display.
Prices starts from S$2,999 for 14 inch display and from S$3,749 for 16 inch display set.
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