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Everything you need to know about the new MacBook

Apple just unveiled the brand new MacBook Pro (available in 14 and 16-inch screens)powered by the all-new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips developed by Apple itself. Rumours about the new MacBook Pro have been spreading for months, with everyone expecting a proper hi-tech revamp of Apple’s best laptop. Well, this is exactly what we got in the end. Below we summarise everything you need to know about the new MacBook Pro. According to Apple, the new laptop delivers unrivalled user experience and “groundbreaking processing, graphics, and machine learning”.

Design

The new laptop features Liquid Retina XDR display which we know from the latest iPad Pro, but this is the first time it is being used on a MacBook. The new screen features even thinner borders to provide more room for your content, and(like on the iPhone) there's a notch at the top of the screen where the 1080p FaceTime camera is.

The biggest design change is the replacement of the Touch ID bar. The top row of the keyboard on the new MacBook Pro has a standard row of physical function keys.

Unlike the Touch ID bar which has disappeared, ports are back, giving you more connectivity than ever! As laptops got thinner in the past years, SD card slots and HDMI ports (which we all love and appreciate) slowly disappeared. Luckily, the new MacBook Pro features three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, an SDXC card slot, and an improved headphone jack. MagSafe-style chargeris also back.

 

The chips – M1 Pro and M1 Max

The reason why everyone is so hyped up about the new MacBook Pro is because it is a super powerful machine. The reason why it’s so powerful is Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

When Apple built the ultra-fast M1 chip as a replacement for Intel processors and launched it with the 2020 MacBooks, it received fantastic reviews from users.

The M1 Pro is (expectedly) even better, with 33.7billion transistors on board (three times more than the M1 had) –offering 70% improved performance and two times faster graphics than the older MacBook model.

M1 Max is an even more powerful chip with 57billion transistors on board and it can support up to 64GB of RAM.

 

Battery life

Of course all new laptops always offer improved battery life. In the case of the new MacBook Pro, the 14-inch model provides 17 hours of video playback whereas the 16-inch model can last for 21 hours, which Apple claims is unrivalled battery life that no other laptop on the market can offer currently.

 

How much does the new MacBook Pro cost?

Prices vary depending on how much RAM you want, CPU, GPU, which chip you go for, and how much SSD storage you want (you can customise your MacBook to have up to 8TB SSD storage).

The price for the 14-inch model starts at £1,899 and goes up to £5,399. The 16-inch model is priced between £2,399 and £5,899.

 

Is the new MacBook Pro the right laptop for me?

MacBook Pro is designed for professionals such as photographers, filmmakers, 3D artists, musicians, and developers – people who need to run multiple heavy programmes and manage large files on a daily basis as part of their job.

That is not to say that other people shouldn’t get this laptop, as it will certainly be worth the investment. A machine like this will not break in a year or two so getting the new MacBook Pro means you don’t have to worry about getting a new laptop for quite some time. Additionally, maybe sometime soon you decide to learn video editing or you take up photography as a new hobby and want to edit your pictures on Photoshop – you will be glad you got this particular laptop as it will run any creative programmes smoothly.

 

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