The new MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) is out. Here’s what you need to know
The Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) is finally here and it’s happens to be one of the most highly anticipated laptops to be seen, and could quite possibly be the best laptop ever made.
The new MacBook Pro 16-inch was announced at Apple’s Unleashed event on October 18 and I must say every anticipation and reviews before now was worth it.
After the success Apple had launching the M1 chip and the new, smaller set of MacBooks and iMac, we were all looking do to Apple’s WWDC 2021 back in June hoping for an announcement about the new MacBook Pro model, but it never happend which resulted to everyone waiting till October. Finally Apple has rolled out the 16 inches pro model laptop on its October Event held yesterday Monday.
The new laptop is said to be Powered by the new Apple 10-core M1 Pro or M1 Max chips, which feature eight performance cores and two efficiency cores, which is no doubt a step up in the laptop line up.
However Apple related that it’s two new chips perfromance M1 Pro and M1 Max are twice as fast as that os intels processor chip Core i9. In addition, The M1 Pro holds out a 32GB RAM and the M1 Max holds out at 64GB.
The new MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) can preserve the battery life upto 21 hours tops, which is well beyond the longest lasting Intel or AMD laptop processors could do.
On the side of the GPU, Apple MacBook pro with the M1 chip (16-inch) features a 16 core GPU, while the M1 Max MacBook Pro 16-inch houses a 32-core GPU for the fastest graphics on a MacBook Pro ever.
MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) design
In the aspect of design, Apple’s MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021), shows quite a lot of changes and ports update. The new laptop device spots two unique colours, silver and space gray.
MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) display
The MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) mode spots a Liquid Retina XDR display featuring mini-LED technology that delivers up to 1,000 nits of sustained, full-screen brightness. It’s also capable of going up to 1,600 nits of peak brightness and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
The display also offers P3 wide color gamut coverage and also supports one billion colors for the smoother gradients. Best of all, the display also comes with the expected 120Hz refresh rate, making it the fastest MacBook Pro 16-inch display yet.
Highlights shows that the the MacBook pro and max model ports holds three Thunderbolt 4 ports, one HDMI port, an SDXC card slot, and a MagSafe 3 port, alongside with a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Force Touch trackpad. Furthermore, it also has a 140W USB-C power adapter which gives you the option of charging via a USB-C cable if you’d prefer and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) specs
The M1 Pro chip offers a massive boost over the first generation Apple silicon, the Apple M1 chip. Apple assures customers that the M1 Pro and M1 Max are twice as powerful as the Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch (2019) which is powered by an Intel Core i9 processor.
Below are some of the feature performance provided by Apple for the new MacBook Pro 16-inch
Up to 3.7x faster project builds using Xcode.
Up to 3x more Amp Designer plug-ins in Logic Pro.
Up to 2.8x faster computational fluid dynamics performance in NASA TetrUSS.
Up to 9.2x faster 4K render in Final Cut Pro with M1 Pro, and up to 13.4x faster with M1 Max.
Up to 5.6x faster combined vector and raster GPU performance in Affinity Photo with M1 Pro, and up to 8.5x faster with M1 Max.
Up to 3.6x faster effect render in Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio with M1 Pro, and up to 5x faster with M1 Max.
Up to 8.7x faster object tracking performance in Final Cut Pro with M1 Pro, and up to 11.5x faster with M1 Max.
Up to 7.2x faster scene edit detection in 1080p ProRes 422 video in Adobe Premiere Pro.
Up to 2.6x faster performance when selecting subjects in images in Adobe Photoshop.
Up to 3x faster computational fluid dynamics performance in NASA TetrUSS.
Up to 2.1x faster project builds in Xcode.
Up to 2.1x faster publish performance in Vectorworks.
Up to 2.9x faster combined vector and raster GPU performance in Affinity Photo with M1 Pro, and up to 4.5x faster with M1 Max.
Up to 2.5x faster render in Maxon Cinema 4D with Redshift with M1 Pro, and up to 4x faster with M1 Max.
Up to 1.7x faster 8K render in Final Cut Pro with M1 Pro, and up to 2.9x faster with M1 Max.
Up to 4.4x faster scene edit detection in 1080p ProRes 422 video in Adobe Premiere Pro.
Up to 3.6x faster object tracking performance in Final Cut Pro with M1 Pro, and up to 4.9x faster with M1 Max.
Up to 1.5x faster performance with M1 Pro and up to 2x faster with M1 Max when selecting subjects in images in Adobe Photoshop.
Moving on, report suggests the 16-core M1 Pro GPU features a clocking speed of about 1.26GHz, based on calculations, but we can’t say anything for the 32-core GPU in the M1 Max, since the M1 Pro is a 30W GPU according to Apple but the M1 Max is a 100W GPU.
With more power comes a higher clocking speed, so it’s hard to ascertain the maximum speed of Apple’s most powerful laptop GPU.
In conclusion, in terms of video playback, Apple says that developers will be able to compile 4x as much code when working in Xcode while photographers will be able to get up to twice the battery life when using Adobe Lightroom Classic on the go.
MacBook Pro 2021 Availability
As at yesterday, the new macbook pro models became available for preorder, with expected deliveries starting on October 26.
Price Of Apple MacBook Pro 2021
The new MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) price starts at $2,499 (£2,399, AU$3,749) for the M1 Pro model, while the M1 Max model price starts at $3,499 (£3,299, AU$5,249).