Until now Apple MacBook Pro was not a good investment compared to MacBook Air since their performance was not significantly different. But now Apple wants to bring the power to their Pro version and we will see if they are worth it.
The main difference from their previous version of MacBook Pro is CPU. Apple introduced upgraded M1 chip to M1 Pro and M1 Max. M1 chip was octa-core (8-core) and the new M1 Pro and Max are deca-core (10-core). It allows up to 3.7 times faster performance than a regular M1 processor and up to 21 hours of battery life.
And here are details of the new M1 Pro and Max from Apple.
M1 Pro and M1 Max scale the amazing M1 architecture to new heights — and for the first time, they bring a system on a chip (SoC) architecture to a pro notebook. Both have more CPU cores, more GPU cores, and more unified memory than M1. Along with a powerful Neural Engine for supercharged machine learning and upgraded media engines with ProRes support, M1 Pro and M1 Max allow pros to do things they never could before.
A whole new power structure.
The new MacBook Pro is the first to put a system on a chip (SoC) into a pro notebook. Other pro systems use power-hungry CPUs, discrete GPUs, and multiple chips, each working separately. M1 Pro and M1 Max combine the CPU, GPU, I/O, and Neural Engine in a single SoC with unified memory. As a result, M1 Pro and M1 Max not only crush intensive workflows that were once impossible on a notebook — they also provide incredible battery life.
Connected at the chip. Other pro notebooks need to copy data back and forth over a slower interface. Not the new MacBook Pro. Its CPU and GPU share a single pool of unified memory. That means every part of the chip connects to data and memory without needing to copy it, so everything you do is faster and more efficient.
Up to 32GB unified memory / Up to 200GB/s memory bandwidth
Up to 64GB unified memory / Up to 400GB/s memory bandwidth
M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs each leverage up to eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores to deliver faster processing at a tenth of the power. Their GPUs have access to lower-latency data with vastly improved power efficiency for unmatched performance per watt.
Up to 10-core CPU / Up to 16-core GPU / 16-core Neural Engine
10-core CPU / Up to 32-core GPU / 16-core Neural Engine
Incredible performance. Unrivaled efficiency.
CPU Performance vs. Power
At their peak, M1 Pro and M1 Max deliver 1.7 times more performance than the latest 8-core PC laptop chip in the same power envelope. And they match the highest performance levels of the PC chip at 70 percent less power.
1.7X more performance / 70% less power
M1 Pro GPU Performance vs. Power
M1 Pro consumes 70 percent less power at its peak than a PC laptop with a discrete GPU.
70% less power
M1 Max GPU Performance vs. Power
At its peak, M1 Max delivers more performance — and consumes 40 percent less power — than a compact pro laptop with a high-performing discrete GPU. And compared with a high-end laptop with discrete graphics, M1 Max delivers similar performance with 100 watts less power.
100W less power
The new MacBook Pro is available in 14- and 16-inch models. Each can be configured with the M1 Pro or M1 Max chip and offers unprecedented levels of pro performance. So you can manipulate millions of polygons in Cinema 4D, edit up to seven streams of 8K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro, or grade color in HDR on 8K 4x4 ProRes video — all miles away from the edit bay.
Liquid Retina XDR.
The best display ever in a notebook features Extreme Dynamic Range and a million to one contrast ratio. HDR content comes to life in photos, videos, and games — with refined specular highlights, incredible detail in shadows, and vibrant, true-to-life colors. Each display is factory calibrated and features pro reference modes for HDR color grading, photography, design, and print production.
ProMotion comes to Mac for the first time, making everything from scrolling through a web page to gaming super fluid and responsive — while also reducing power consumption. With refresh rates of up to 120Hz, the adaptive technology automatically adjusts to match the movement of the content. ProMotion video editors can also choose a fixed refresh rate that precisely aligns with their footage.
Longer Battery Life
Ferocious performance with game‑changing battery life — that efficiency is the magic of Apple silicon. A single charge lets you compile up to four times as much code in Xcode or edit images for up to twice as long in Lightroom Classic. And unlike other notebooks, MacBook Pro delivers the same amazing performance whether it’s plugged in or not.
14" model can use up to 17 hours of video playback and up to 11 hours of web browsing. And the 16" model can use up to 21 hours of video playback and up to 14 hours of web browsing.
Finally 1080p HD Web Camera
Apple finally decided to upgrade their web camera from 720p to 1080p HD on this new model. The new lens with a wider aperture that lets in more light. Together with a larger image sensor that has more efficient pixels, the camera delivers two times better low‑light performance.
Apple installed the room‑filling six‑speaker system and advanced algorithms, MacBook Pro supports spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos, creating a sophisticated, three‑dimensional soundstage. Combine that with the Liquid Retina XDR display, and it’s like having a portable theater.
For the first time, Magic Keyboard brings a full‑height function key row to MacBook Pro — with the tactile feel of mechanical keys that pros love. It includes new keyboard shortcuts for Spotlight, Siri, Dictation, and Do Not Disturb. And Touch ID has a new, tactile ring that guides your finger for a fast, easy, secure way to unlock the Mac.
Transfer photos and videos with an SDXC card reader. Connect to TVs or displays with HDMI output. Listen using a 3.5 mm headphone jack that detects and automatically adjusts for high‑impedance headphones. Connect to high-speed peripherals or displays with three Thunderbolt 4 ports. And fast‑charge using the quick‑releasing MagSafe 3 port.
The new MacBook Pros are set at a new price structure. As they upgraded many parts, new prices are "upgraded" as well.
Starts from $1999
M1 Pro Chip (8-core) with 14-core GPU
Available in Silver / Space Gray
Starts from $2499
M1 Pro Chip (10-core) with 16-core GPU
(M1 Max available at $3499 Model)
Available in Silver / Space Gray
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