A new generation of Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max processors is poised to sweep away Intel and AMD. We are more confident in Apple after today’s “Unleashed” event. PC users have already shown a great deal of interest in Apple’s Custom M series processors. With these ARM processors, Apple will soon dominate the Windows and Linux markets.
The new MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch are a part of the announcement today. New design and countless features finally breathe new life into the MacBook Pro. There are variants of the M1 Pro and M1 Max that Apple did not mention on stage.
MacBook 14 inches Performing at either 67W or 96W Power
The base model MacBook Pro 14 (CAD 2,499.00) has got an 8-Core CPU, 14-Core GPU, 16GB Unified Memory, and 512GB SSD Storage. With no surprise, Apple caps pack this variant with 67W USB-C Power Adapter. You can get up to 10-Core CPU, 16-Core GPU, 32GB Unified Memory, and 8TB SSD Storage if you want to buy the MacBook Pro 14 with an M1 Pro chip. However, you can pack in an M1 Max in the same chassis with up to 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, 64GB unified memory, and 8TB SSD storage (CAD $7,399.00). Depending on your budget, you can choose from several other options.
Apart from the base model, all other configurations come with a 96W USB-C Power Adapter. Apple is clearly capping the wattage on 14-inch MacBook Pros to perform at their best within the thermal limitations of their chassis.
MacBook 16 inches Performing at 140W Power
Apple’s MacBook Pro 16-inch, which starts at $3,149.00 in Canada, can perform at 140W even on its base model. The base model has a 10-Core CPU (M1 Pro), 16-Core GPU, 16GB Unified Memory, 512GB SSD Storage, and a 140W USB-C Power Adapter. You can configure the MacBook Pro 16 with an M1 Max chip with up to 32-core GPU and 16-core Neural Engine.
Battery on the late 2021 MacBook’s
Apple claims the new MacBook’s to have 2-4x longer battery life when performing intensive tasks. The Apple Silicon has excellent power efficiency, so customers can edit 8K video on battery power. The 14-inch model can play video for 17 hours, and the 16-inch model for 21 hours. Furthermore, you can boost the battery’s capacity up to 50% in 30 minutes, by fast charging it.
ProMotion is on both the MacBook’s along with mini-LED displays
The mini-LED display is the most impressive feature of these MacBooks. The ProMotion technology enables the display to run at 120Hz while offering high contrast and 1600 nits of peak brightness. The new MacBook Pro models also have higher-resolution screens, thinner bezels, and a notch housing the webcam.
A design aspect of this generation that will inevitably provoke controversy is the notch. Apple claims the display borders are up to 26% thinner. Additionally, the menu bar is extended to accommodate the notch height.
Originally, we hoped that Face ID would finally arrive on the MacBook Pro. However, it appears to be a design element with no advanced functions. It is now equipped with a webcam that has a 1080p resolution and improved low-light performance.
A new industrial design and improved sound
The late 2021 MacBook Pro design is more like Aluminum PowerBook G4 (15.2″) from September 16, 2003. It is a departure from the 2016 refresh which was criticized for needing hubs or dongles for USB-A or SD card connections.
MacBooks with this boxier design have all the ports you need. Aside from Thunderbolt 4 ports, the MacBook Pro also comes with an HDMI port, an SDXC card slot, and an upgraded MagSafe 3 port. Sadly, the Touch Bar is no longer available. As a replacement, Apple has restored the physical row of function keys. The function row now includes full-height keys for the first time on Apple’s laptops.
Additionally, the keyboards have a more industrial look. The keyboard chassis is covered in an anodized black chassis now. The fingerprint scanner now shares its design with the Magic Keyboard with touch ID. The tactile ring guides your finger to unlock your Mac fast, easily, and securely. The Force Touch trackpad is supposably the same as with the older MacBook Pros.
As far as laptop speakers go, MacBook’s are among the best. A new microphone and speaker array accompany the 2021 update, making the sound even better. The tweeters in the speakers are almost 2x larger to produce Spatial Audio sound. It supports Dolby Atmos as well.
Apple didn’t mention this on stage, but yes! You can plug the newest MacBook into a Type-C port to charge it. Also, the company didn’t mention that M1 Pro chip is basically using the same architecture as the M1 chips from the last year MacBook’s. The Pro chips has an advantage of 200 GB/s memory bandwidth along with more than double the number of transistors. This makes the the CPU performance about 70% faster than M1 making it scary fast. Also, the GPU performance doubles on the Pro chips.
The M1 Max chips have a 400 GB/s memory bandwidth, which is insane. Additionally, the GPU cores are bumped up to 32, equaling GPUs from NVDIA and AMD.
Apple has opened preorders for the new MacBook Pro models in gray and silver, and shipments will begin next week. Will you be ordering one for yourself? Comment below.