The M1 Pro chip has eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, a 16-core GPU and supports up to 32 GB RAM. Apple calls the M1 Max “the world’s most powerful chip for a pro notebook”, providing twice as much GPU performance as the M1 Pro with 32-core GPU and up to 64GB of RAM. The base model pricing of the 14-inch MacBook Pro begins at $1,999 while the 16-inch model will start at $2,499.
The new MacBook Pro has been redesigned with thinner bezels and now features a notch that houses 1080P HD FaceTime camera. The new notebook now has the same mini-LED display as that of the iPad Pro. The display is capable of a 120Hz variable refresh rate with its Promotion technology supporting up to 1600 nits of peak brightness and high contrast. As part of its redesign, the MacBook Pro now has an HDMI port, SD card slot and support for MagSafe charging. The MacBook still has 3 thunderbolts 4 ports that can also be charged via any of them.
Apple is replacing the touch bar with a row of function keys and they now feature a full-height function row. Battery life is stronger more than ever with the 14-inch model delivering up to 17 hours of video playback, which is seven additional hours than the previous generation, while the 16-inch model is bumped up to a remarkable 21 hours of video playback, which is 10 additional hours at a single charge more than the previous generation.
Pre-order is underway already and shipping will begin next week for the new MacBook Pro. The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro are available in silver and space grey colour options, pricing starts at $1999 and $2,499 respectively.