Out of curiosity, we went ahead and configured the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max SoC and loaded it with 64 GB unified memory and 8 TB SSD storage, and we got slapped with a US$6,099 bill.
Of course, we did not buy it. This blog ain’t making that kind of money. Neither will our pathetic traffic get the attention of Apple to be able to receive a review unit.
In the press release, Apple described the new MacBook Pro as “completely reimagined” but it really is not as far as the exterior goes. It does, however, get the blessing of two all-new Apple-designed silicons, the M1 Pro and M1 Max.
The Pro chip has 8-10 core CPU and 14-16 core GPU while the Max offers 10-core GPU and up to 32-core GPU. The new silicons do make the 2020 M1 chip looks like child’s play. Ugh.
You will be able to find these new chips powering the new 2021 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Armed with the new SoC, the new MacBook Pro promised to deliver groundbreaking processing, graphics, and machine learning performance, while offering amazing battery life.
Also featured on the new laptop are a Liquid Retina XDR display, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, a high-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-canceling woofers, and a host of connectivity options, including 3 Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C interface) ports, an HDMI port, an SDXC card reader, and a headphone jack.
The new MacBook Pro also marks the return of MagSafe to MacBook with MagSafe 3:
Out-of-the-box, the new 2021 MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chip will run on macOS Monterey which is optimized for the new chips.
The new 2021 14- and 16-inch MacBook models are available to order now, with availability starting on October 26, 2021. Prices start at US$1,999 for the 14-inch model and US$2,499 for the 16-inch model.
All images courtesy of Apple Inc.