New MacBook Pro with display notch
As expected, new MacBook Pro models were presented at the Apple October event, but the presented design might have surprised some people. On the one hand, Apple is now using a relatively angular aluminum housing with numerous ports, on the other hand, the display is now equipped with a notch – like on the iPhone. But despite these unusual features, the newly presented MacBooks do not need to hide, because the announced hardware performance should put previous notebook models in the shade.
Super fast thanks to the M1 Pro and M1 Max processor
As is well known, Apple announced the transition from Intel to ARM processors last year and also presented the first MacBook Pro with an M1 chip. The manufacturer is consistently continuing along this path this year and is installing all Intel CPUs from the previous MacBook Pro line-up.
Even the cheapest MacBook Pro is now delivered with an ARM-based M1 chip, the slightly more expensive and newly introduced models have an M1 Pro or an M1 Max chip that delivers significantly better performance.
In the maximum equipment configuration, a new M1 Max chip can compete with a mobile RTX 3080 mobile variant. For the first time, this makes smooth 8K video editing possible on the go on a relatively light notebook. According to the data published so far, the processor only consumes between 30 and a maximum of 60 watts of energy – this is impressive, since the M1 Max chip is not only used for the graphics but also for the tasks of the main processor.
Back to the roots – MacBook Pro comes with more ports
Also noteworthy is the fact that Apple has carried out a redesign of the MacBook Pro, which in turn makes more connections possible. In contrast to the previous models, the new MacBook Pros no longer only rely on Thunderbolt connections, but are now also equipped with an HDMI port, a 3.5″ jack plug, an SD card reader and an additional MagSafe port. Of course, wireless technologies such as Bluetooth 5.0 or the new WLAN with WiFi 6 are also on board.
With the MagSafe 3 port, Apple has now installed a magnetic charging connector again, which also allows faster charging than the previous USB-C connector design. If you still want to supply your MacBook Pro with power via the Thunderbolt connections, you can still do so – but you will not get the fastest charging performance.
Larger display, but with a notch
Another unusual step is the newly designed display of the MacBook Pro’s, Apple has maximized the screen size here without significantly changing the case dimensions. As a result, the previous 13″ model now has a 14″ display and the 16″ model has also been given a larger display size.
But this additional size also has a disadvantage: Since Apple still has to accommodate the webcam, the displays are now also provided with a notch, as is known from the iPhone. During normal operation, this is located within the macOS status bar and may look a bit unfamiliar to some buyers.
In full-screen mode, for example when watching videos, the notch is completely hidden by a black bar at the top. This should then also be very little visible in dark environments, since Apple uses a mini-LED construction for the new displays and can thus completely switch off the background lighting in these regions.
Apple is turning the price screw on the MacBook Pro (2021).
If you are interested in the new MacBook 14″ and MacBook 16″ models, you should first check whether you have enough change to buy such a device. Apple has, unsurprisingly, raised the prices again significantly.
So you have to spend 2249 euros for the basic configuration of the MacBook Pro 14″ in this country, for which you get an 8-core CPU and a 14-core GPU based on the M1 Pro processor – the built-in shared RAM is 16 GB and the built-in flash memory at 512 GB.
If you want a little more, you can of course also order the 14″ model with the maximum equipment, which gives you an M1 Max processor with a 10-core CPU and a 32-core GPU, up to 64 GB of RAM and more 8 terabytes of flash storage. This configuration is then priced at a proud 6659 euros – mind you for a 14″ MacBook Pro.
The 16″ model starts at 2749 euros and can also be significantly “upgraded” with the configurations mentioned above. In the maximum configuration, it even costs 6839 euros – after all, delivery is free of charge. Nevertheless, the model seems to be going down quite well, the current delivery times have been pushed back a few weeks and are now at the beginning of December 2021.