Apple unveiled its new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro today at the ‘Unleashed’ event. The new 2021 MacBook Pro models come with faster M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that offer unbelievably fast performance. Apple says that both the newly redesigned 2021 MacBook Pro models, the 14-inch and 16-inch variants, have the same features and capabilities.
The 2021 MacBook Pro comes with a redesigned chassis. There’s a new aluminum enclosure that allows 50% more air into the body keeping the laptop cool. The 16-inc variant is only 16.8mm thin and weighs only 4.7lbs. On the front, there are two changes that you’ll notice the most. First, Apple has abid goodbye to the infamous Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. All the new MacBook Pro models come with a fully functional (pun-intended) ‘Function’ row above the QWERTY keyboard.
Above the new keyboard are the new displays. On the top and the center of the display is the notch. Yes, the new 2021 MacBook Pro models come with a notch. The macOS Menu Bar sits around this notch giving users more screen area. Sadly, the notch only houses a new 1080p FaceTime camera sensor, microphones array, and ambient light sensor. There’s no Face ID biometric sensor in the notch.
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Bezels are thinner too. Apple says the display on the new MacBook Pro is 34% thinner on the side and 60% thinner on the top. Lighting up the new display is the mini LED technology from iPad Pro. Interestingly, the new 2021 MacBook Pro models also support the 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate and 1,600 nits of peak brightness.
The audio system has also improved in the new MacBook Pro models. Apple says the new studio-quality mics have an “even lower noise floor.” There’s a new high-fidelity six-speaker sound system that features two tweeters and four force-canceling woofers. Apple says there’s more space in the speaker system that results in 80% more bass.
On the I/O port’s front, the new 2021 MacBook Pro comes with HDMI, SD Card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB C ports, and MagSafe. The good old MagSafe has returned and has been bumped to version 3. You can still charge through USB C, though. There’s improvement in the display support as well. You can now connect up to two Pro Display XDRs to a MacBook Pro with M1 Pro whereas you can connect up to three Pro Display XDRs and a 4K TV to a MacBook Pro with M1 Max. On the wireless connectivity front, the 2021 MacBook Pro features Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
The new models are truly built for the professionals. They’re powered by Apple’s latest M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets. Read more about the features and performance of the new M1-based chipsets here.
Apple is also claiming big improvements to the battery life. Apple says the 14-inch variant should last about 17 hours on the video playback whereas the 16-inch variant should give about 21 hours of video playback. The new laptops support fast charge too. Apple says the new MacBook Pro models should charge up to 50% in just about 30 minutes.
The base variant of the 14-inch 2021 MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro chip has been priced at $1,999. The 16-inch model starts at $2,499. All the new models are available to purchase starting today. It’ll start shipping on Tuesday, October 26 and the shipping dates for some models have already slipped to December.