Apple unveiled the all-new M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro models, which are based on the company’s new silicon, at its ‘Unleashed’ event on Monday. The much-anticipated MacBook Pro series, which will be available in 14- and 16-inch display sizes, debuted in October 2016 and is the most significant update to the lineup in five years. The new Apple silicon powering the MacBook Pro (2021) series, according to Apple, will deliver up to 3.7 times faster performance than the existing Intel Core i7 processor in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The new M1 Pro and M1 Max are improvements to Apple’s M1 chip, which was released last year.
Price and availability of the Apple MacBook Pro (2021) in India
The 14-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2021) has a starting price of Rs. 1,94,900. It costs Rs. 1,75,410. Regular customers can get the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2021) for Rs. 2,39,900, while students can get it for Rs. 2,15,910. In the United States, the 14-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2021) costs $1,999 (roughly Rs. 1,50,400), while the 16-inch model costs $2,499 (roughly Rs. 1,50,400). (approximately Rs. 1,88,100).
Apple India’s online store will begin accepting pre-orders on Monday, and the new MacBook Pro models will be available for purchase on Tuesday, October 26. Customers will be able to personalize their orders on Apple’s website as well.
In 2019, the previous-generation MacBook Pro 16-inch model was released, with a starting price of Rs. 1,99,000 ($2,399 in the United States). The new 14-inch MacBook Pro, on the other hand, is a replacement for the M1-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro that was introduced last year.
Specifications of the Apple MacBook Pro (2021)
Models of the Apple MacBook Pro (2021) in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes have an all-new design that removes the unnecessary Touch Bar and replaces it with an SDXC card slot and HDMI port. The other major design change is the addition of a notch, which will help reduce bezels and give users more screen real estate, as well as a 1080p FaceTime webcam. Face ID, on the other hand, is only available on Apple’s most expensive iPhones, which have a notch to accommodate the facial recognition technology.
According to Apple, the 14-inch MacBook Pro has a 14.2-inch active area with 5.9 million pixels, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro has a 16.2-inch active area with 7.7 million pixels. A Liquid Retina XDR display with mini-LED technology is also included, which was previously only available on the iPad Pro. A full-screen brightness of 1,000 nits, a peak brightness of 1,600 nits, and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 are claimed for the new display technology. Apple’s proprietary ProMotion technology also enables a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate.
The new MacBook Pro models have a P3 wide colour gamut display, HDR support, and XDR output for power users, according to Apple.
In addition to design changes and improved display technology, the MacBook Pro (2021) series is powered by upgraded silicon that comes in two distinct versions — M1 Pro and M1 Max. The M1 Pro chip has up to a 10-core CPU with eight high-performance cores and two low-performance cores, as well as a 16-core GPU. According to Apple, the new chip can deliver up to two times faster GPU performance and 70 percent faster CPU performance than the previous M1 chip. The M1 Pro’s media engine includes a ProRes accelerator to improve on-device video processing.
On the other hand, the M1 Max is billed as the most powerful chip for a professional notebook. It has the same 10-core CPU as the M1 Pro, but it has a GPU with up to 32 cores, making it four times faster. Memory bandwidth can reach 400GB per second, which is twice as much as the M1 Pro and nearly six times as much as the M1. Apple has included up to 64GB of unified memory to entice professionals and 3D artists.
Up to eight graphics cores, as well as four high-performance and four low-performance cores, were included in last year’s M1 chip.
According to Apple, the new M1 Max chip can edit up to 30 streams of 4K ProRes video or up to seven streams of 8K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro, which is more streams than a 28-core Mac Pro with Afterburner.
The M1 Pro and M1 are also equipped with a 16-core Neural Engine on the new MacBook Pro models, which helps to improve machine learning capabilities. The built-in Neural Engine speeds up object tracking in Final Cut Pro by up to 8.7 times with M1 Pro and up to 11.5 times with M1 Max, according to publicly available data. The performance of Adobe Photoshop when selecting subjects in images can be up to 2.6 times faster.
The MacBook Pro (2021) models also come with the Magic Keyboard, which replaces the earlier Touch Bar with physical function keys and a wider escape key. Also included is a Force Touch trackpad.
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Apple’s macOS Monterey operating system comes pre-installed on the new MacBook Pro models. The new operating system is optimized for the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, according to the company. The new macOS version will be available as a free software update for older machines on Monday, October 25.
MagSafe 3 also brings back the previous MagSafe magnetic charging support in the MacBook Pro (2021) models. The current MacBook Pro models, on the other hand, support USB-C charging. With a USB Type-C cable, Thunderbolt 4 can still be used for charging.
The new MacBook Pro has Bluetooth v5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 as connectivity options. Users can connect up to three Pro Display XDRs and a 4K TV to the MacBook Pro based on M1 Max at the same time. The M1 Pro chip, on the other hand, can support up to two Pro Display XDRs at the same time.
The new MacBook Pro models come with a six-speaker sound system with two tweeters and four force-cancelling woofers. There’s also Dolby Atmos and spatial audio support for on-the-go surround sound.
Thermal management has been improved on the new MacBook Pro (2021) models, which are designed to be faster. The advanced thermal system, according to the company, can move 50 percent more air than the previous generation, even at lower fan speeds.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) is rated to provide up to 17 hours of video playback on a single charge, while the 16-inch model is rated to provide up to 21 hours. When using the new MacBook Pro models, developers will be able to compile up to four times as much code in Xcode, and photographers on the go will get up to two times longer battery life in Adobe Lightroom Classic when editing images.