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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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Battery Life

Improved power efficiency is another benefit of Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the company said.

The 16.2-inch MacBook Pro will offer up to 21 hours of video playback on a charge—which Apple says is the longest battery life to date in a Mac notebook, and a 10-hour improvement over the predecessor model.

The 14.2-inch model will offer up to 17 hours of video playback, an improvement of seven hours over the prior model, Apple said.

The notebooks also include an “advanced thermal system” that can move 50-percent more air than in the past, “even at lower fan speeds,” said John Ternus, senior vice president for hardware engineering at Apple, during the virtual event Monday.

“This thermal design enables MacBook Pro to deliver phenomenal sustained performance while operating quietly,” Ternus said. “And because of the efficiency of Apple Silicon, the fans never even have to turn on for most of the tasks you do every day.”

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