Apple held its massive Unleashed event today, and the company rounded it out with brand new MacBook Pro laptops. These devices are targeted squarely at professional laptop users, as they come with an absurd level of power and high price tags.
New M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro Laptops
The critical thing that makes these new MacBook Pro laptops stand out is the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Both chips feature substantial upgrades over the regular M1 processor, and even greater speed boosts over the Intel-based models.
“We set out to create the world’s best pro notebook, and today we’re excited to introduce the all-new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max — a game-changing combination of phenomenal performance, unrivaled battery life, and groundbreaking features,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Outside of the chips, there’s a lot to love about these MacBook Pro devices. The battery life caught our attention, as the 14″ model promises 17 hours of video playback, and the 16″ model gets up to 21 hours of video playback. The larger model features what Apple calls the “longest battery life ever on a Mac notebook.”
Also on the battery, Apple says that the MacBook Pro has the same level of performance whether it is plugged in or using the battery, which is excellent if you need to get some intense graphical work done on the go.
Because the MacBook Pro features a lot of power, it needs to keep cool. Apple says it features 50% more airflow than previous generations. This should let the laptop stay cool while running as quietly as possible.
Both the 14″ and 16″ models drop the Touch Bar, which is a feature almost no one will miss. In its place sits physical function keys, which should make traditional laptop users happy.
Regardless of whether you go with the smaller or larger model, you’ll get a ridiculously powerful screen with your new MacBook Pro. The 16-inch model offers an expansive 16.2″ display with 7.7 million pixels. The 14″ model has a 14.2-inch active area and a total of 5.9 million pixels. There’s a notch that adds a bit more screen area to the laptop but is a design choice that some users might hate.
The final thing that made the new MacBook Pros stand out is the ports. Gone are the days of Apple including two or three ports on its laptops. Both models have three Thunderbolt 4 ports, an SDXC card slot, an HDMI port, and an improved headphone jack. There’s also MagSafe 3 support, but you can charge through Thunderbolt if you prefer. This is also the first MacBook to feature fast-charge technology, which will let you charge up to 50% in 30 minutes.
Some other cool features include a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, studio-quality mics, a high-fidelity six-speaker sound system, and more. Between the larger and more powerful 16″ model with the M1 Max or the smaller 14″ version with the M1 Pro (which is still a beast), Apple seems to have gotten it right with this generation’s MacBook Pro laptops.
M1 Max and M1 Pro MacBook Pro Price and Availability
Apple announced that the new MacBook Pro models are available today for preorder. They’re set to ship on October 26, 2021.
As these MacBook Pro laptops are targeted at professional users, they come with fairly hefty price tags. The 14″ MacBook Pro model starts at $1,999, and the 16″ MacBook Pro model starts at $2,499 and goes up to $3,499 for the model with the beastly M1 Max chip.
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