The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros were by far two of Apple’s most anticipated and discussed product releases of the year. Now that Apple has officially announced them, customers are eager to get their hands on the new computers and see even better footage from the first MacBook Pro redesign since 2016.
We already saw an unboxing video and photos of the MacBook Pro earlier this week, and a little earlier today a second video that gave us a closer look. The latter, however, has been pulled from YouTube, possibly at Apple’s request, as hands-on images and official reviews of the new laptops are not yet cleared for release.
The new images sent to us by Reader George give us perhaps the best glimpse of the new 14in MacBook Pro yet, outside of the laptop shots at the Apple event of the week. latest and promotional material. In the photos, the redesigned chassis is visible, and despite the impression Apple’s marketing materials may give, the feet under the MacBook Pro aren’t very high compared to some older MacBook Pro models.
On the front, one of the more notable design changes is the inclusion of a notch. Apple is taking steps to limit the influence of the notch in the daily use of the new MacBook Pros. As you can see in the photo below, the notch is more noticeable when users aren’t using macOS apps in full screen, and Apple has increased the height of the macOS menu bar to accommodate the notch.
For display, the new MacBook Pros include mini-LED technology, the same technology as the top-of-the-line 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Along with ProMotion support, the Liquid Retina XDR display offers enhanced color and brightness for HDR content. Other design changes on the front include an all-black keyboard and the return of function keys on the top row, with Apple removing the touch bar. The trackpads on the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros are the same as the previous generation.
In sending us these images, George left us some notes regarding his first impression of the new machine. George told us that the laptop is heavier than expected, that “the notch is not intrusive” and, as we reported earlier, that the notch can serve as a hiding place for the macOS pointer.
Below are some more photos of the 14-inch MacBook Pro that MacRumeurs received, including photos of the newly added HDMI port, SD card slot, and an image of the fully closed MacBook.
MacBook Pros became available for pre-order earlier this week and have already started shipping to customers ahead of their release on Tuesday. The 14-inch and 16-inch models can be configured with either the M1 Pro or M1 Max chips, both of which offer significant performance gains over the M1 chip.
The new MacBook Pro lineup starts at $ 1,999 for the base 14-inch model with 16GB of unified memory, 512GB of storage, and the M1 Pro chip. The high-end configuration of the 16-inch MacBook Pro with 64GB of unified memory, 8TB of storage, and the M1 Max chip with a 10-core processor, 32-core GPU, and 16-core neural engine costs $ 6,099. Learn more about both models by reading our dedicated tour.
(Thanks again, Georges!)