What You Need To Know About The New MacBook Pro

By Pamela Connellan
on 27 October 2021

Apple’s new MacBook Pro looks like being a game-changer because it’s powered by the all-new M1 Pro and M1 Max – the first pro chips designed for the Mac – giving it much more power. As well, it has extended battery life, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, a top-notch audio system, advanced connectivity and what’s been touted as the world’s best notebook display.

Apple unveiled the new MacBook Pro today and it’s available in 14- and 16-inch models. According to Apple, the MacBook Pro delivers groundbreaking processing, graphics and machine learning (ML) performance as well as amazing battery life — enabling workflows previously unimaginable on a notebook.

The new MacBook Pro also features a stunning Liquid Retina XDR display and a versatile range of ports for advanced connectivity. Combined with macOS Monterey, which is engineered down to its core to take advantage of M1 Pro and M1 Max, the user experience is touted by Apple as being ‘unrivalled.’

With all these features the MacBook Pro is designed for developers, photographers, filmmakers, 3D artists, scientists, music producers and anyone who wants maximum performance in a notebook. The new MacBook Pro joins the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 and you can order the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models today or purchase in an Apple story near you.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said: “We set out to create the world’s best pro notebook, and today we’re excited to introduce the all-new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max — a game-changing combination of phenomenal performance, unrivalled battery life and groundbreaking features.”

“The all-new MacBook Pro adds a breathtaking XDR display, more ports like MagSafe 3, an advanced 1080p camera and a sensational six-speaker sound system, all in a stunning new design. The new MacBook Pro simply has no equal and is by far the best pro notebook we’ve ever built,” he added.

Two new Pro Chips give a greater performance

The addition of the M1 Pro and M1 Max Pro Chips, marks a major step forward in the transition to Apple silicon on Mac. MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max applies a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture to pro systems for the first time, featuring fast unified memory and increased memory bandwidth for a much-improved performance per watt along with greater power efficiency.

In fact, these are the most powerful Mac notebooks ever
When compared to the previous-generation high-end 13-inch model, the all-new 14-inch MacBook Pro is immensely more powerful.

With the 10-core CPU in M1 Pro and M1 Max, the 14-inch MacBook Pro enables:

  • 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.

Featuring the 16-core GPU in M1 Pro and the 32-core GPU in M1 Max, the 14-inch MacBook Pro transforms graphics-intensive workflows with:

  • 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.

Both M1 Pro and M1 Max are supercharged with a 16-core Neural Engine, allowing users to enjoy faster ML tasks, including:

  • 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.

When compared to the previous generation, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro delivers some big gains in performance for the most complex workflows in the areas that matter most.

Featuring the same powerful 10-core CPU in M1 Pro and M1 Max, the 16-inch MacBook Pro delivers:

  • 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.

With the 16-core GPU in M1 Pro and 32-core GPU in M1 Max, the 16-inch MacBook Pro offers faster graphics performance with:

  • 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.

With the 16-core Neural Engine on both M1 Pro and M1 Max, ML tasks are faster than ever on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, including:

  • 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.

Industry-Leading Power Efficiency and Extraordinary Battery Life
From pro workflows on the go to everyday tasks, MacBook Pro delivers remarkable power efficiency for breakthrough performance — whether users are plugged in or using the battery — and extraordinary battery life, so they can get even more done on a single charge.

When compared to the previous-generation MacBook Pro, on a single charge:

  • The 14-inch model delivers up to 17 hours of video playback, which is seven additional hours, while the 16-inch model gets up to 21 hours of video playback, which is 10 additional hours — the longest battery life ever on a Mac notebook.
  • Developers working in Xcode will be able to compile up to 4x as much code.
  • Photographers on the go will get up to 2x longer battery life in Adobe Lightroom Classic when editing images.

Unlike other pro notebooks which lose performance when they’re not plugged in, MacBook Pro delivers the same level of performance whether it’s plugged in or using the battery.

Designed for performance
The 14- and 16-inch models of MacBook Pro were designed with a focus on performance and utility. They have an all-new aluminium enclosure which has an advanced thermal system which can move 50 per cent more air than the previous generation, even at lower fan speeds. The thermal design enables MacBook Pro to deliver sustained performance while staying cool and quiet. And because of the efficiency of Apple silicon, the fans never even have to turn on for most tasks users perform every day.

The new MacBook Pro also comes with a Magic Keyboard which is set in a double-anodised black well. This highlights the backlit glyphs on the keys and features a full-height function row. Physical function keys — including a wider escape key — replace the Touch Bar, bringing back the familiar, tactile feel of mechanical keys which pro users love. The new keyboard is complemented by the Force Touch trackpad which is ideal for pro applications.

Featuring the World’s Best Notebook Display
The MacBook Pro offers a Liquid Retina XDR display. Featuring the mini-LED technology used in iPad Pro, the Liquid Retina XDR display delivers up to 1,000 nits of sustained, full-screen brightness, plus 1,600 nits of peak brightness and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The extreme dynamic range brings HDR content to life with a high level of detail in shadows, deeper blacks and more vivid colours than before. It has a P3 wide colour gamut and supports 1 billion colours for smoother gradients.

ProMotion technology also comes to the Mac on this new display, featuring an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz. ProMotion automatically varies the refresh rate to match the motion of a user’s onscreen content to help preserve battery life, and makes tasks more fluid and even more responsive. Video editors can also lock in a refresh rate that is optimal for their footage. The combination of the outstanding XDR performance and super-fluid ProMotion technology rank this among the world’s best notebook displays.

Both models come with a larger display than the previous generation — the 16-inch model offers an expansive 16.2-inch display6 with 7.7 million pixels, the most ever on a Mac notebook. And the 14-inch model gives users more screen real estate than before, with a 14.2-inch active area7 and a total of 5.9 million pixels — more pixels than the prior 16-inch MacBook Pro. The display features even thinner borders and extends up around the camera to provide users with even more room for their content. Whether users are watching a movie or grading 8K video, the new display offers a cinematic viewing experience.

Most Advanced Connectivity Ever in a MacBook Pro
The new MacBook Pro features the most advanced connectivity ever on a Mac notebook. Both models feature three Thunderbolt 4 ports to connect high-speed peripherals, an SDXC card slot for fast access to media, an HDMI port for connecting to displays and TVs, and an improved headphone jack that supports high-impedance headphones. MagSafe returns to MacBook Pro with MagSafe 3, featuring an updated design and supporting more power into the system than ever before. MagSafe 3 makes connecting a charge cable quick and easy while protecting MacBook Pro. Additionally, fast charge comes to the Mac for the first time, charging up to 50 per cent in just 30 minutes. With M1 Pro, users can now connect up to two Pro Display XDRs, and with M1 Max, users can connect up to three Pro Display XDRs and a 4K TV, all at the same time. For wireless connectivity, MacBook Pro also features Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.

Best Camera and Audio Ever in a Mac Notebook
The new MacBook Pro comes with a 1080p FaceTime HD camera which gives a high resolution and low-light performance. The camera system taps into the powerful image signal processor (ISP) and Neural Engine of M1 Pro and M1 Max for computational video that enhances video quality — so users appear sharper with more natural-looking skin tones.

As well, the new MacBook Pro has studio-quality mics which have an even lower noise floor, resulting in clearer calls and voice recordings. A high-fidelity six-speaker sound system features two tweeters for a clearer sound stage and four force-cancelling woofers, resulting in 80 per cent more bass. The sound system also supports spatial audio, which creates a three-dimensional listening experience. So whether users are listening to music or watching a movie in Dolby Atmos, they will get a cinema-like experience. Altogether, this is one of the best audio systems ever in a notebook.

macOS Monterey Optimised for M1 Pro and M1 Max
The new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro come with macOS Monterey, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system. The combination of macOS Monterey and the new M1 Pro and M1 Max delivers breakthrough performance and productivity for users. FaceTime includes new audio and video features that make calls feel more natural and lifelike, and new Continuity tools like AirPlay to Mac enable Apple devices to work even better together. Live Text and Visual Lookup bring new intelligence features to surface useful information, Safari includes powerful tab organisation with Tab Groups, and the ease of automation comes to the Mac with Shortcuts. Coming later this spring, SharePlay will enable Mac users to have shared experiences together through FaceTime, and Universal Control will make it easy for users to work across their Mac and iPad.

With macOS Monterey and Apple silicon, Mac users can run a greater range of apps than before. All of Apple’s Mac apps are optimised for and run natively on M1 Pro and M1 Max, and there are over 10,000 Universal apps and plug-ins available, including Lightroom Classic, Cinema 4D, Capture One and many more. Existing Mac apps that have not yet been updated to Universal will run seamlessly with Apple’s Rosetta 2 technology, and users can also run iPhone and iPad apps directly on the Mac, opening a huge new range of possibilities. Powerful new features also come to Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro, allowing creatives to take full advantage of the power and performance of M1 Pro and M1 Max.

Better for the Environment
When it comes to the environment, the new MacBook Pro raises the bar yet again, including an enclosure made with 100 per cent recycled aluminium, 100 per cent recycled tin in the solder of its main logic board, and, for the first time in a Mac notebook, the use of 100 per cent recycled rare earth elements in all magnets. Both models are also built with 35 per cent or more recycled plastic in seven components, and all of the packaging wood fibres are from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources. MacBook Pro remains free of harmful substances, is manufactured using even more renewable energy, and meets Apple’s high standards for energy efficiency.

Today, Apple is carbon-neutral for global corporate operations, and by 2030, plans to have net-zero climate impact across the entire business, which includes manufacturing supply chains and all product life cycles. This means that every Apple device sold, from component manufacturing, assembly, transport, customer use, charging, all the way through recycling and material recovery, will be 100 per cent carbon-neutral.

Pricing and Availability: The new MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max are available to order today on apple.com/au/store and on the Apple Store app. They will begin arriving for customers and will be in selected Apple Store locations and Apple Authorised Resellers starting Tuesday 26th October.

The macOS Monterey will be available as a free software update on from Monday 25th October. Customers who trade in an eligible computer could get credit towards a new MacBook Pro. Customers can visit apple.com/au/trade-in to see what their device could be worth.

Eachcustomer who will get a free Online Personal Session with an Apple Specialist, get their product set up in selected stores including help with data transfer, and receive guidance on how to make their new MacBook Pro work the way they want.

About Apple: Apple changed personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple sells the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s five software platforms — iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide a seamless experiences across all Apple devices along with services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple is concerned about sustainability and its more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to leaving the world better than we found it.


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