Apple has updated everything for 2021, including M1 Pro and M1 Max chips – .

Apple has updated everything for 2021, including M1 Pro and M1 Max chips – .

Apple’s refreshed 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple / Screenshot by Katie Collins / CNET

Apples October Mac Event delivered the powerful new MacBook that many have been waiting for. The 2021 version of the 16-inch MacBook Pro was announced on Monday during the company’s live-stream Unleashed event (alongside a 14 inch model), in the wake of IPhone launched in September. New MacBook Pro starts at $ 2,499 (£ 2,399, AU $ 3,749).

New additions to the company’s largest laptop include updated versions of Apple’s M1 processor. We’ve seen Apple’s silicon added to smaller MacBooks and iPads before, but the 16-inch MacBook gets a more powerful version that should meet the needs of people who need high-performance machines, especially those who do power. intensive photo and video. editing.

Read more: Whoa, how much will a MacBook Pro with all the upgrades cost?

Now the company is equipping its most advanced laptop with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. The addition of the M1 Max will boost the graphics performance of the 16-inch MacBook Pro over its predecessor, and the M1 Pro will be 2.5 times better than the previous generation, according to Apple. Both chips provide a 2x processor boost over the 2019 MacBook Pro.

The new silicon would also make the MacBook more power efficient, providing more battery life on a single charge. Apple rarely discloses detailed battery specifications, but it promises that the battery can last twice as long in Lightroom and four times as long in Xcode, while still allowing for 21 hours of video playback.

“The performance of the M1 chip in MacBook products released to date is a major endorsement of Apple’s investment in custom silicon,” Ben Wood, chief analyst at CCS Insight, said in a statement. “The M1 Pro and M1 Max chips take this to new levels with further improvements in performance and battery life. “

Power users will also benefit from the new Mini-LED backlit display used in the iPad Pro, which supports HDR at higher brightness and allows for better local dimming. The screen has 1000 nits of sustained brightness, allowing for deeper and more dramatic colors. The Liquid Retina XDR display “doesn’t compromise on performance,” said Kate Bergerson, Apple’s vice president of product design.

Other features include six-speaker sound that supports spatial audio, as well as built-in studio-quality mics. At the top of the screen, a the notch now houses a 1080p front-facing web camera to support all your videoconferencing needs with 2x better low light performance.

When Apple unveiled the 16-inch MacBook Pro in 2019, CNET’s Dan Ackerman described it as “something of a compilation of the most successful MacBook features.” Its main criticisms of the device were the inclusion of the Touch Bar, the lack of ports other than USB-C, and its steep starting price.

With this updated MacBook Pro, Apple has get rid of the unpopular Touch Bar and restored additional connection options, including HDMI, three Thunderbolt 4 ports, MagSafe and an SD card slot. But the affordability of this new machine may remain a sticking point, given its starting price of $ 2,499. Orders are online today, and availability starts next week.

Alongside the MacBook Pro, Apple unveiled the AirPod 3, a Apple Music “Voice” package and new HomePod Mini colors. You can consult everything that was announced during Apple’s “Unleashed” launch here.


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