Apple last night introduced two new 2021 Apple MacBook Pro which feature the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets.
The 2021 MacBook Pro comes in two sizes, a 16-inch model as the new 14-inch model.
Aside from having a new chipset, both come with a variation of improvements which consist of changes from the design to the display, the connectivity, and battery.
2021 Apple MacBooks Pro highlights
Unlike previous versions of the MacBook, the new 2021 MacBook Pro enables you to customize your processor of choice.
While customisation of the processor is only possible for the highest end variant, which is the 16-inch MacBook Pro, with the choice split between the M1 Pro and the M1 Max chipset.
The M1 Max chipset doubles the GPU core count and memory bandwidth of M1 Pro, and it comes with a more powerful media engine that can play up to 7 streams of 8K video.
One can also configure M1 Max with up to 64GB of unified memory hence enabling the MacBook Pro to work faster and handle massive files with ease.
The monitor has also been improved, as it now not only comes with at 16.2-inch screen option, but both offer Liquid Retina XDR display. Refresh rate for the display is at 120Hz.
Apple this time also shrunk the bezels and decided to put an “iPhone like” notch instead. Personally, I have no problem with this notch because it doesn’t look odd and increases the screen size.
The design of the MacBook Pro has also been altered slightly with the MacBook Pro featuring a curved design at the sides, and new keyboard with all-black background.
In terms of battery life, Apple promises that the the 14-inch MacBook in particular can defeat the battery life of previous MacBook Pros. The company says that you can reach 21 hours of usage on a single charge for the new MacBook Pros.
- Processor: M1 Pro / M1 Max
- Monitor size: 16.2-inch / 14.1-inch Liquid Retina XDR display
- RAM: Minimum 16GB
- Storage space: Minimum 512GB SSD
- SDXC card slot
- HDMI port
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- MagSafe 3 port
- Three Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports with support for:
- Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gbps)
- USB 4 (up to 40Gbps)
- Biometrics: Touch ID (Fingerprint)
- Battery: Can last for 21 hours
- Minimum weight: From 1.6kg (14-inch variant)
The 14-inch variant weighs 1.6kg, but the 16-inch variant weighs above 2.1kg.
MacBook Pro availability and price
Both variant of the MacBook Pro is now showing in the Apple Malaysia store but you can’t buy them just yet.
Their retail pricing also differs according to what customisation you choose from.
Anyway, prices of the 14-inch 2021 Macbook Pro begin from RM8,799 with the 16 – inch variant starting at RM10,799 with the top of the line MacBook 16-inch priced at a whopping RM27,298.80.
The MacBook Pros are not available for purchase in Malaysia Apple online store yet but there’s no harm checking local retailers for its arrival.