Apple announces new MacBook Pro 14, MacBook Pro 16-inch models with all-new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips
Apple has announced its new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with major upgrades in the design and the performance department. Both the models come with the option of being configured with either Apple’s new M1 Pro and the M1 Max chips which offer the company’s new 10-core processors with eight “high-performance” cores and two “high-efficiency” cores for improved performance.
The biggest update to the MacBook line-up in years, both the models are now claimed to be significantly faster than Apple-branded laptops available in the market in years. Apart from the core hardware inside, the new laptops also bring some other major changes including the exit of the Touch Bar and return of the HDMI port, SD card slot and MagSafe connectors.
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MacBook Pro 16
Apart from the other upgrades, the MacBook Pro 16 gets a redesign, with the device now weighing at 4.7 pounds and coming at 16.8mm in thickness. This is majorly because of a new 16.2-inch display. The MacBook Pro 16 also gives up on the Touch Bar which has now been replaced by physical keys. Additionally, there is now an HDMI port along with a Thunderbolt 4 port and an SD slot. Apple claims this is the most connectivity on a Mac notebook to date.
Underneath, it is powered by Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips which are the successors to the M1 chips that Apple announced towards the end of last year. Considering these still remain among the most powerful chips in the market, it will be interesting to see the kind of power Apple offers with the M1 Pro and the M1 Max chips.
Apart from this, the MacBook Pro 16 also brings a new 1080p camera, which Apple claims offers 2x the low-light performance of previous MacBook cameras. There’s also a new six-speaker sound system that supports Spatial Audio.
MacBook Pro 14
The MacBook Pro 14 comes with a slightly smaller 14.2-inch 120Hz ProMotion MiniLED display, which is claimed to come with slimmer bezels than the previous generation MacBook models. This design also includes a notch and comes with a 1080p camera for video calls. However, there’s no presence of FaceID system in this notch.
Apple has announced that the 14-inch MacBook Pro will also come with the option of being fitted with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Both these chips come with 10 CPU cores. However, the Pro has up to 16-core GPU, while the Max chip comes with either 24 or 32-core GPU options. Apart from this, both the MacBook Pro size models come with 16GB of RAM which can be upgraded to 32GB with the M1 Pro, or 64 GB with the M1 Max.
MacBook Pro 14 and 16 pricing
Apple has announced that the new MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max will be available to purchase immediately via the Apple store. As for the pricing, Apple has announced that the new 14-inch MacBook Pro model will start at Rs 1,94,900, and Rs 1.75,410 for education. In comparison, the 16-inch MacBook Pro model will start at Rs 2,39,900, and Rs 215,910 for education.