The New MacBook Pros: Everything You Need to Know

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Photo: Apple – Apple’s “apology laptop” is a fantastic device. However, some of you will be bothered by the notch. After years of anticipation, Apple has finally delivered on its promise to create MacBook Pros that are really professional-grade. Apple went off the rails with the 2016 redesign of the MacBook Pros, which included USB-C connections, Touch Bars, and butterfly keyboards, but the company now aims to correct the wrongs and improve the pro laptop game.

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes with the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, and we’ll learn more once the evaluations come out. But, for the time being, here’s all you need to know about them.

The new MacBook Pro design (with a notch, of course)

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The MacBook Pro has been revamped both inside and out by Apple, yet it still appears mostly the same from the exterior (you still get the squared-off design, but now the edges are slightly curvier).

There’s a new keyboard with a complete function row at the top, comparable to the Magic Keyboard. And, sure, the Touchbar is no longer available. The keyboard, according to Apple, delivers a clicky typing experience comparable to mechanical keyboards, although we’ll have to wait for a complete review to confirm that.

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Because the MacBook Pros now feature edge-to-edge displays, large bezels are no longer an issue. The notch, on the other hand, is a disadvantage. It’s impossible to miss. It has a camera with a resolution of 1080p and ambient light sensors. However, there isn’t any Face ID in there.

For the notch, Apple has raised the height of the menu bar. In addition, if an app is made full-screen, Apple will place a black bar around the notch, thus obscuring it.

The ports have been restored (and so is MagSafe)

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Apple has reintroduced the HDMI port (HDMI 2.0), SD card slot, and MagSafe charging connector to MacBook Pros. In addition, there are three USB-C Thunderbolt 4 connectors.

M1 becomes a pro, and Max becomes a pro.

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Apple has simply scaled up the M1 processor in two avatars, the M1 Pro and M1 Max, which was already fairly amazing in the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro. The M1 Pro chip in the base model is an 8-core processor, however all variants above it are 10-core. The M1 Max is a ten-core processor (with two high-efficiency cores).

The M1 Pro is two times faster than the M1 chip, while the M1 Max is two times faster than the M1 Pro. And the M1 was already one of the quickest processors available. After the evaluations, we’ll know more about the real-world performance, but the M1 Pro and M1 Max are expected to be industry leaders in terms of performance.

In addition, the MacBook Pros now have up to 64 GB of unified memory. The M1 Pro has a maximum storage capacity of 32 GB. And here’s the kicker: the M1 Max CPU is available on both the 14 and 16-inch versions.

A 32-core GPU is available.

The GPU is one area where Apple appears to have grown up significantly. Apple promises performance comparable to leading Windows laptops with dedicated GPUs, despite the fact that Apple’s GPU is built into the CPU itself.

This is due to the fact that GPUs are simpler to scale than CPUs. You increase the number of cores…and Apple has increased the number of cores significantly. The base model M1 Pro chip has a 14-core GPU, while the others have a 16-core GPU out of the box.

Additionally, a 32-core GPU option is available. According to Apple, the M1 Max’s 16-core GPU is twice as fast as the M1’s, while the M1’s 32-core GPU is four times quicker.

ProMotion and mini-LED are added to the edge-to-edge screen.

Apple’s Liquid Retina Display XDR is also included in the MacBook Pro. It’s a variable refresh rate mini-LED display. This implies the screen may refresh at a rate of 24 to 120 times per second. It features a peak brightness of 1,000 nits that may be increased to 1,600 nits for HDR content.

The battery life is insanely lengthy.

The new MacBook Pros feature a lengthy battery life and quick charging. A Thunderbolt 4 port can charge your device up to 50% in 30 minutes. The 14-inch model’s battery life is listed at 17 hours of video playback and 11 hours of web surfing, while the 16-inch model’s battery life is rated at 21 hours of video and 14 hours of browsing.

However, these MacBook Pros are pricey.

The only drawback to these professional equipment is their cost. Apple has reduced the price of MacBook Pros to $1999. You get an 8-core M1 Pro CPU, 14-core GPU, 16GB RAM, and 512GB storage for that price.

$2499 gets you a 16-inch machine with a 10-core M1 Pro CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 16-core GPU, and 512GB of storage.

Because Apple has basically eliminated the entry-level versions that we anticipate to see in the future update, these prices are high. For instance, a standard 14-inch MacBook Pro with an 8-core CPU, an 8-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage costs $1299/1399. That market is now dominated by the 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro.

While they’re pricey, you get a lot for your money since Apple developed these computers specifically for professionals. If you’re on a budget, the M1 MacBook Air is a good option, or you may wait for the new MacBook Air upgrade next year.

So, how do you feel about the new MacBook Pros? Are they exactly what you dreamed they’d be? Is the notch going to prevent you from purchasing one?