|16-inch MacBook Pro 2021|
Apple finally revealed the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops at its “Unleashed” event. You can order them from the brand’s website today, but they sure won’t be available for some time.
Overall, the MacBook Pro features a new design with thinner edges, a redesigned screen, added ports, and an even better processor, among other things.
We describe the 16-inch version in detail.
16-inch MacBook Pro pricing and availability
After the Keynote in September, the brand chose this Monday, October 18 to present the rest of its flagship products. We discovered the 16, 14-inch MacBook Pro and AirPods 3 there.
Like the 14-inch model, the 16-inch is already on sale on Apple’s website, however, they won’t be available until next week.
It is priced at € 2,749.00 for the 512 GB SSD model, € 2,979.00 for 1 TB (16 GB) and € 3,849.00 for 1 TB (32 GB).
16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 design
The new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros feature a new design, with an aluminum casing that makes the laptop smaller than previous models. The 16-inch MacBook measures 1.68 x 35.57 x 24.81 cm and weighs 2.1 kg.
The bezel has been significantly reduced, so much so that the MacBook Pro logo is no longer at the bottom of the screen.
Its upper part has a notch for the FaceTime HD 1080p camera, just like on the iPhone. Apple made sure it was the same depth as the menu bar so it wouldn’t encroach on the workspace.
Also, Apple seems to have been convinced by users who dislike the Touch Bar, as it has disappeared in the new MacBook Pro M1, replaced by function keys.
They’re also the first Apple laptops to use mini-LED displays, which Apple calls Liquid Retina XDR.
Used in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it is a backlight technology that has multiple LEDs that are currently implemented. This results in better lighting control, sharper picture contrast, and greater dynamic range.
In addition, they support a refresh rate of 120 Hz thanks to ProMotion technology.
They include a contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1, 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness, and 1,600 nits of peak brightness. The 16-inch version has a native resolution of 3456 by 2234 at 254 pixels per inch.
16-inch MacBook Pro technical specifications
The new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models use the new M1 Pro, although high-end configurations of both sizes use the even more powerful M1 Max.
These chips appear to offer huge performance and power efficiency fixes over the regular M1. Here are the details:
- M1 Pro: 10-core CPU with 8 performance cores and 2 efficiency cores / 16-core GPU / 16-core Neural Engine / 200 Gbps memory bandwidth.
- M1 Max: 10-core CPU with 8 performance cores and 2 efficiency cores / 32-core GPU / 16-core Neural Engine / 400 Gbps memory bandwidth
- 16 GB unified memory, configurable to 32 GB (M1 Pro) or 64 GB (M1 Max)
Ports and Adapter
The MacBook Pro is equipped with three Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports. Apple also includes an SDXC card slot, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a headphone jack.
The power adapter connects to a new MagSafe connector, with 140 watts of power.
As for its autonomy, it is considerably improved, according to Apple’s tests. The firm announces 21 hours of movie playback and up to 14 hours of wireless browsing.
Apple has improved its game when it comes to audio playback and recording. The new MacBook Pro has a six-speaker system, including four tweeters and two woofers. The woofers are force-canceled and Apple claims they deliver 80% more bass than before.
They also support spatial sound when playing music or videos with Dolby Atmos.
Apple calls its array of three microphones “studio quality”, they feature a high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming. As for its jack, it is compatible with high impedance headphones.