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8 Big Features On Apple’s New MacBook Pro Models (With M1 Pro, M1 Max)

New high-performance Apple Silicon processors, higher RAM, larger display options, physical function keys and more ports are among the updates in Apple’s redesign of the MacBook Pro.

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Apple Silicon Goes Pro

The Apple Silicon initiative is coming to professional users, the company said Monday, in unveiling new MacBook Pro models featuring higher-performance versions of Apple’s in-house processor technology. Apple announced two redesigned models in the MacBook Pro lineup, each of which will be configurable with a choice of the two new Apple processors—the M1 Pro or the M1 Max. The chips are the successor to the Apple M1, which debuted a year ago and powers consumer- and education-focused Mac models such as the MacBook Air and iMac. Apple is now halfway into its two-year transition away from using Intel processors in the Mac.

On Monday, Apple had a number of additional updates for the next MacBook Pro models even apart from the new processors—including for the display, battery life, RAM, keyboard, ports and collaboration features. Ultimately, the new MacBook Pros are the “best example yet of the extraordinary performance and capabilities we can deliver when we combine our most advanced Apple silicon with the power of macOS,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the virtual product event to unveil the new processors and notebooks. The new MacBook Pros will also feature a higher starting price than predecessor models.

What follows are eight big features on Apple’s new MacBook Pro models with the M1 Pro and M1 Max.

Display

The new MacBook Pro models have gotten a form factor overhaul and will come in 14.2-inch and 16.2-inch display sizes. That’s up from 13.3 inches and 16 inches, respectively, on preceding Intel-powered MacBook Pro models.

The redesign for the new MacBook Pros has also led to slimmer bezels around the display—24-percent thinner on the left and right sides and 60-percent thinner on the top, Apple said. The reduced bezels do mean that there’s now a camera notch at the top of the display, akin to the iPhone display design.

The notebooks are the first in the MacBook lineup to offer Apple’s Liquid Retina XDR technology, previously included in the iPad Pro. Liquid Retina XDR is based on mini-LED display technology and aims to offer more-realistic image quality.

The displays on the new models offer a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother display motion, which automatically adjusts to what the user is doing thanks to Apple’s ProMotion feature.

In terms of resolution, the 16.2-inch MacBook Pro offers 3,455 x 2,234 pixels (or 254 pixels per inch). That’s an increase from 3,072 x 1,920 (or 226 ppi) on the predecessor 16-inch model, which launched two years ago.

For the 14.2-inch model, resolution is now 3,024 x 1,964 (254 ppi), up from 2,560 x 1,600 resolution (227 ppi) on the 13.3-inch Intel model from May 2020.

Brightness has also gotten a major improvement, from 500 nits on the previous models to 1,000 nits of sustained brightness (or 1,600 nits of peak brightness) for the new MacBook Pros.

 
 
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