MacBook Pro: World’s Best Pro Notebook With Groundbreaking Performance

A completely reimagined brand new MacBook Pro equipped with the world’s most powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips for a Pro notebook is the star announcement in the special “Unleashed” Apple event.

After a long time, MacBook Pro now has been completely redesigned in all perspectives, including a larger and high-quality display, incredible performance, extraordinary battery life, and much more. Alongside, Apple also introduced the 3rd-generation AirPods with an amazing capability of Spatial Audio.

The entirely redesigned MacBook Pro comes in two sizes, a 16-inch model and for the first time, a compact yet immensely powerful 14-inch model, which shares the same remarkable features and capabilities. The new MacBook Pro is a combination of groundbreaking performance with amazing battery life, extraordinary display quality, and advanced connectivity.

All-New Design

The new MacBook Pro has been designed with an intense focus on performance and utility. The all-new aluminum enclosure optimizes internal space for more performance and features and it is precisely machined around an advanced thermal system, so, it can move 50% more air even at lower fan speeds.

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The thermal design enables MacBook Pro to deliver phenomenal sustained performance while opening quietly and because of the efficiency of Apple Silicon, the fans ever never even have to turn on for the most of tasks you do every day. It’s an all-new design that is just 16.8mm thin and weighs 4.7 pounds on the 16-inch model, and 15.5mm thin and 3.5 pounds weighs on the 14-inch model.

New Physical Keys-only Keyboard

Users value the full-height function row on the standalone keyboard, so, Apple now brought it to the MacBook Pro, which means, physical keys now replace the Touch Bar, bringing back the familiar, tactile feel of mechanical keys that pro users love.

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The keyboard is set in a double-anodized black well that elegantly highlights the backlight glyphs on the keys and it is complemented by Apple’s expansive and industry-leading Force Touch Trackpad that’s perfect for pro applications.

More Options for Connectivity

Having a wide range of ports can make life a lot easier for pros, so, Apple now adding more ports to the new MacBook Pro. On the right side, there’s an HDMI port for conveniently connecting to displays and TVs, a Thunderbolt 4 port that connects to high-speed peripherals, and an SD card slot, enabling fast access to media.

On the other side, the 3.5mm headphone jack now has advanced support for high-impedance headphones and there are two Thunderbolt 4 ports for a total of three in the system. And MagSafe is coming back to the MacBook Pro. MagSafe 3 has a new design that supports more power into the system and also the functionality to charge through Thunderbolt ports.

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The display support on the new Mac systems is also better than ever as well, equipped with M1 Pro, you can connect up to two Pro Display XDRs and with M1 Max, you can connect up to three Pro Display XDRs and a 4K TV, all at the same time. It has over 75 million pixels of real estate and you still have ports available to connect to high-fidelity headphones and camera media, all without a single adaptor.

Best Notebook Display

On the all-new MacBook Pro, Apple taking the stunning Retina display to an entirely new level. Apple brought the sides of the enclosure closer to the active area display, resulting in a 24% thinner border. It has also expanded the display up and around the camera making the top border 60% thinner for giving you even more screen.

And macOS takes full advantage of this extra space by raising the menu bar up and out of the way that automatically wrapping it around the camera to give you more room for viewing content. It also looks great in a dark mode that provides an impressive viewing experience even in low light conditions.

With the new design, the displays are now larger, the 16-inch model has actually a 16.2-inch display in nearly the same size enclosure and along with higher pixel density, it has 1.8 million more pixels than before for a total of 7.7 million. The 14-inch model has an expansive 14.2-inch active area and a total of 5.9 million pixels which is even more pixels than the previous generation’s 16-inch MacBook Pro.

There is now incredible ProMotion display technology to the brand new MacBook Pro with adaptive refresh up to 120Hz. ProMotion automatically adapts to the motion of your content, so, when the content is static, the refresh dynamically steps down to preserve battery life and it steps up to make tasks like scrolling through web pages superfluid.

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The video editors can still choose a standard refresh rate when they need to lock one in. The display now supports 1 billion colors for ultra-smooth gradients and for the first time, it is a Liquid Retina XDR display for users to create, edit, and review HDR content with exceptional precision.

It is inspired by the capability of the Pro Display XDR and it features mini-LED technology currently used in iPad Pro which Apple built into the impossibly thin enclosure of the new MacBook Pro by integrating the custom-designed mini-LED backlight, optical films and diffusers, and a cutting edge LCD panel into the display housing.

The display is uncompromising in its performance. The stater-of-the-art backlight features thousands of mini-LEDs arranged in individually controlled local dimming zones. This enables up to an astonishing 1000 nits of sustained full-screen brightness and 1600 nits of peak brightness and a staggering 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

This is an extreme dynamic range that brings HDR content to life with unbelievable detail shadows, brilliant specular highlights, even more, vibrant colors, deeper blacks than ever before.

New FaceTime HD Camera & Audio System

Because users are relying on the Mac more than ever before to stay connected, Apple doubled the resolution of the FaceTime camera to 1080p and used a lens with a wider f/2.2 aperture for capturing more light.

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Together with a larger image sensor that has more efficient pixels, the camera delivers 2-times better low-light performance. The camera system also uses the ISP and Neural Engine to provide enhanced componential video quality for getting sharper images and more natural-looking skin tones which makes it the best camera system ever in a Mac notebook.

Apple made industry-leading studio-quality mics even better with an up to 60% lower noise floor to get crystal clear recording that captures subtlest sounds. And the new 16-inch MacBook Pro has an even better 6-speaker sound system that features two tweeters and four force-canceling woofers, purifying the sound mids and highs for a clear soundstage.

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The larger woofer diaphragms have an increased range of motion for displacing twice as much air and allowing them to deliver 80% more bass. Also, they go half an octave deeper, revealing a range of notes you previously couldn’t hear, and the 6-speaker sound system is also on the 14-inch model as well.

The new sound system also supports Spatial Audio, which creates a sophisticated three-dimensional soundstage and provides a theatre-like experience while listening to music or watching a movie in Dolby Atmos.

Groundbreaking Pro Performance

The redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro model with M1 Pro and M1 Max has up to 2x faster CPU performance than the previous generation with i9 which Apple said is a tremendous performance boost for compute-heavy tasks.

The M1 Pro is up to 2.5x faster than the prior 16-inch model with the fastest GPU and M1 Max is up to 4x faster, this boost is dramatic for graphics-intensive tasks. When it comes to Machine Learning, it has up to 5x faster performance on both new Mac processors.

As compared to the 13-inch model with a Core i7, the all-new 14-inch MacBook Pro has up to 3.5x faster CPU performance. For graphics, M1 Pro delivers up to 9x faster performance and M1 Max is up to an astonishing 13x faster, and ML tasks are up to 11x faster, so, in tasks like editing Lightroom Classic or rendering a complex scene with Redshift, the 14-inch MacBook Pro provides a complete absolute performance.

M1 Pro and M1 Max: World's Most Powerful Pro Notebook Processors
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The brand new Mac system has up to 64GB of unified memory, so, 3D artists can now easily with extreme geometry and textures in scenes that the latest pro PC laptops can’t even run. With an enhanced media engine on M1 Max, it is now possible to edit up to 30 streams of 4K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro and up to 7 streams of 8K ProRes. Video editors can now color grade in HDR on 8K ProRes 4×4 video on battery when even if they’re miles away from the edit bay.

The superfast SSDs deliver up to a jaw-dropping 7.4GB/s of reading speeds, which is more than 2x faster than the prior generation SSDs.

Extraordinary Battery Life

To get so much more done on a single charge and photographers who from capture to publish on the go, will get up to 2x longer battery life in Lightroom Classic when editing images, and developers working in Xcode will be able to compile 4x as much code.

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The 14-inch MacBook Pro delivers up to 17 hours of video playback and the 16-inch model gets up to 21 hours of video playback, which is the longest battery life ever on a Mac notebook. The new MacBook Pros now supports fast charge for the first time with up to 50% in just 30 minutes.

When it comes to the environment, the enclosure is made with 100% recycled aluminum and it is free from numerous harmful substances, manufactured using even more renewable energy, and meets Apple’s high standards for energy efficiency.

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