Apple at its ‘Unleashed’ event on Monday launched new MacBook Pro models that are based on the company’s new silicon, called the all-new M1 Pro and M1 Max. The much-anticipated MacBook Pro series offers 14- and 16-inch display options and comes as the biggest update to the lineup in five years since the current design was introduced back in October 2016. The new Apple silicon powering the MacBook Pro (2021) is claimed to deliver 3.7 times faster performance over Intel’s Core i7 than is available on the current 13-inch MacBook Pro. The new M1 Pro and M1 Max come as an upgrade to the M1 chip that the Cupertino company introduced last year.
Apple MacBook Pro (2021) price in India, availability details
14-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2021) price starts at Rs. 1,94,900. It is also available for education Rs. 1,75,410. On the other hand, the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2021) model starts at Rs. 2,39,900 for regular customers and Rs. 2,15,910 for education. In the US, the 14-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2021) starts at $1,999 (approximately Rs 1,50,400), while the 16-inch variant costs $2,499 (approximately Rs 1,88,100).
The new MacBook Pro models will be available for order through the Apple India online store starting Monday and will go on sale starting Tuesday, October 26. Customers will also have configure-to-order options available through the Apple site.
In 2019, Apple brought its previous generation MacBook Pro 16-inch model at a starting price of Rs. 1,99,000 ($2,399 in the US). The new 14-inch model, on the other hand, comes as a replacement for the high-end 13-inch MacBook Pro that was launched last year with the M1 chip.
Apple MacBook Pro (2021) Specifications
Apple MacBook Pro (2021) models come in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes with a brand new design that drops the insignificant Touch Bar and brings back an SDXC card slot as well as an HDMI port. The other major change on the designing front is the addition of a notch that should help reduce the bezel and offer users more screen real estate – as well as offering a 1080p FaceTime webcam. However, Apple hasn’t provided Face ID, unlike its top-end iPhone models, which have a notch to accommodate facial recognition technology.
Apple claims that while the 14-inch MacBook Pro model delivers a 14.2-inch active area with a total of 5.9 million pixels, the 16-inch version has a 16.2-inch field of view with 7.7 million pixels. There’s also a Liquid Retina XDR display under the hood that uses Mini-LED technology – previously available on the iPad Pro. The new display technology is claimed to deliver 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. There’s also an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz using Apple’s proprietary ProMotion technology.
For power users, the display of the new MacBook Pro model is claimed to have P3 wide color gamut, HDR support and XDR output.
With design-level changes and advanced display technology, the MacBook Pro (2021) series is powered by advanced silicon that comes in two different versions – M1 Pro and M1 Max. The M1 Pro chip includes up to a 10-core CPU with up to eight high-performance cores and two low-performance cores, as well as a 16-core GPU. Apple claims that the new chip is capable of delivering 70 percent faster CPU performance and two times faster GPU performance than the existing M1 chip. The M1 Pro also includes ProRes Accelerator in the media engine to enhance on-device video processing.
The M1 Max, on the other hand, is claimed to be the world’s most powerful chip for a Pro notebook. It has the same 10-core CPU as the M1 Pro, but doubles the GPU to 32 cores for four times faster GPU performance than the M1. It also has a memory bandwidth of 400GB per second, which is twice that of the M1 Pro and almost six times that of the M1. Apple has also provided up to 64GB of integrated memory to attract professionals and 3D artists.
To recall, last year’s M1 chip included up to eight graphics cores, along with four high-performance and four low-performance cores.
Apple claims that using its new M1 Max chip, professionals can edit up to 30 streams of 4K ProRes video or up to seven streams of 8K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro – compared to the 28-core Mac Pro with Afterburner more streams.
Both the M1 Pro and M1 are paired with a 16-core Neural Engine that helps enhance the machine learning capabilities on the new MacBook Pro models. According to some publicly shared numbers, the built-in Neural Engine delivers 8.7x faster object tracking performance in Final Cut Pro with the M1 Pro and 11.5x faster with the M1 Max. Adobe Photoshop also has 2.6 times faster performance when selecting subjects in images.
MacBook Pro (2021) models also come with a Magic Keyboard that replaces the earlier Touch Bar with physical function keys and a wider Escape key. You’ll also get a Force Touch trackpad.
Apple has introduced its macOS Monterey out-of-the-box on the new MacBook Pro model. The company said the new operating system is optimized for the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. The new macOS version will also be available for older machines as a free software update on Monday, October 25.
MacBook Pro (2021) models also bring back the earlier MagSafe magnetic charging support with MagSafe 3. This is in contrast to existing MacBook Pro models that offer charging via USB-C. However, users can still use the Thunderbolt 4 to charge using a USB Type-C cable.
Connectivity options on the new MacBook Pro include Bluetooth v5.0 and Wi-Fi 6. Users can connect up to three Pro Display XDR and one 4K TV simultaneously to the MacBook Pro based on the M1 Max. On the other hand, the M1 Pro chip supports two Pro Display XDRs simultaneously.
The new MacBook Pro models also include a six-speaker sound system with two tweeters and four force-canceling woofers. There’s also Dolby Atmos and spatial audio support for a surround sound experience on the go.
As MacBook Pro (2021) models are designed for faster performance, Apple has provided better thermal management on the new machines. What the company claims is an advanced thermal system that can move 50 percent more air even at lower fan speeds than the previous generation.
On the battery life front, the 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) is rated to deliver up to 17 hours of video playback on a single charge, while its 16-inch counterpart offers up to 21 hours of video playback. Apple claims that by using the new MacBook Pro model, developers working in Xcode will be able to compile four times as much code and photographers will get twice as much battery life as in Adobe Lightroom Classic when editing an image.