Apple launches powerful new MacBook Pro (2021) with M1 Pro and M1 Max processors

On Monday, Apple at its ‘Unleashed’ event released new MacBook Pro models based on the company’s new silicon, called the new M1 Pro and M1 Max. This MacBook Pro series from the company comes with 14-inch and 16-inch display options. Released in October 2016 with a similar design, now five years later, this is the company’s biggest update to its lineup. Apple’s new silicon powering the MacBook Pro series (2021) is claimed to run up to 3.7 times faster than the Intel Core i7 available in the current 13-inch MacBook Pro. The new M1 Pro and M1 Max come as an update to the M1 chip that the Cupertino company introduced last year.

Apple MacBook Pro (2021) price in India, availability details

The 14-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2021) price starts at Rs 194900. It is also available for education for 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. While it is available for education at a price of Rs 2,15,910. The 14-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2021) has a starting price of $1,999 (roughly Rs. 1,50,400) in the US, while the 16-inch variant costs $2,499 (roughly Rs. 1,88,100). .

The new MacBook Pro models will be available to order via Apple India’s online store starting Monday and will go on sale from Tuesday, October 26. Customers will also have on-demand configuration options through Apple’s site.
In 2019, Apple launched its previous generation 16-inch MacBook Pro model for Rs 199,000 (US$2,399). The new 14-inch model, on the other hand, has been released to replace the high-end 13-inch MacBook Pro. The 13-inch MacBook Pro 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 an all-new design that does away with the unnecessary Touch Bar. Additionally, an SDXC card slot and an HDMI port have also been included at the back. Another major change in terms of design is the introduction of a notch that reduces the bezels and gives users the experience of a larger screen size. Along with this, a 1080p Facetime webcam has also been provided. However, Apple has not provided Face ID, unlike its high-end iPhone models. In which a notch has been given to adjust the facial recognition technology there.

Apple claims that while the 14-inch MacBook Pro model offers a 14.2-inch active area with a total of 5.9 million pixels, the 16-inch variant has a 16.2-inch active area with 7.7 millions of pixels. As for the internal specifications, it also has a Liquid Retina XDR display that uses Mini-LED technology. It was previously available on the iPad Pro. The new display technology is claimed to offer 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness, 1,600 nits of maximum brightness, and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. An adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz is also provided on the device using Apple’s proprietary ProMotion technology.
For advanced users, the display of the new MacBook Pro model is claimed to have P3 wide color gamut, HDR support, and XDR output.

In addition to the design and display update, the MacBook Pro series (2021) received an upgraded silicon that comes in two different versions: M1 Pro and M1 Max. The M1 Pro chip houses a 10-core CPU, of which eight are high-performance cores and two are low-performance cores. Along with these, GPUs of up to 16 cores are included. Apple claims the new chip can deliver up to 70 percent faster CPU performance and up to two times faster GPU performance than the current M1 chip. The M1 Pro also includes a ProRes accelerator in the media engine to improve video rendering on the device.
The M1 Max, on the other hand, is said to be the world’s most powerful chip for a professional laptop. It has the same 10-core CPU as the M1 Pro, but doubles the GPU to 32 cores to deliver up to four times faster GPU performance than the M1.

Apple claims that with its new M1 Max chip, professional users can edit up to 30 4K ProRes video streams. Or edit up to 7 streams of 8K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro.

Both the M1 Pro and M1 are paired with a 16-core Neural Engine that helps improve machine learning capabilities in new MacBook Pro models. According to some numbers shared publicly, the built-in Neural Engine offers object tracking performance. 8.7 times faster in Final Cut Pro with the M1 Pro and 11.5 times faster performance with the M1 Max. Adobe Photoshop promises up to 2.6 times faster performance when selecting subjects in an image.

MacBook Pro (2021) models also come with a Magic Keyboard. In these, instead of the previous touch bar, the physical function key (key) and a large escape key have been provided. You will also find the Force Touch trackpad on it.

The previous MagSafe magnetic charging stand was also provided with MagSafe 3 on the MacBook Pro (2021) model. This is in contrast to current MacBook Pro models that charge via USB-C. However, users can still use Thunderbolt 4 to charge with 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 XDRs and a 4K TV simultaneously to the M1 Max-based MacBook Pro. On the other hand, the M1 Pro chip supports two Pro Display XDR simultaneously.

New MacBook Pro models also include a 6-speaker sound system with two tweeters and four force-cancelling woofers. There’s also Dolby Atmos and spatial audio support for a surround sound experience on the go.

Speaking of battery life, the 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) is rated to offer up to 17 hours of video playback on a single charge. While its 16-inch variant offers up to 21 hours of video playback. Apple claims that using the new MacBook Pro model, developers working on Xcode will be able to compile up to four times more code. On the other hand, photographers will get double the battery while editing images in Adobe Lightroom Classic on the go.

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