Unboxing videos and real-life photos of the 2021 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models have started surfacing. The models were unveiled at Apple’s virtual ‘Unleashed’ event with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, an updated design, mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR displays with 120Hz ProMotion technology, MagSafe 3 charging, SD-card slot and HDMI port, and more. Here’s how the 2021 models compare to previous MacBook Pros.
14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros vs. older models
As for the 14-inch model, it is not dramatically different from its 13-inch predecessor in terms of size. The thickness of both machines is also the same. The latest models feature a redesign with flatter edges.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro compared to the old Intel-based model looks slightly bigger, as seen in a YouTube video uploaded by SANG SÁNG SUỐT. In the video, all the new ports can be seen: HDMI slot, headphone jack, three Thunderbolt ports, and an SD port.
The differences between the new and old models are stark, especially the new mini-LED display. While it may be difficult for users to make out the advantages of the updated screen tech, the massive reduction of the top and side bezels is very apparent. In addition, the new model sports a notch at the top of the screen and lacks the “MacBook Pro” text from below the screen.
Another significant change is in the keyboard, which now features an all-black design with no metal between the keys. As rumored, the Touch Bar is also gone. It has been replaced with more useful function keys.
As for the internals, the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in the 2021 laptops feature 10 core CPU, up to 32 core GPU, up to 64GB of unified memory, ProRes support, and more. These chips provide up to 70% faster CPU performance when compared to the M1 chip. In terms of GPU performance, the M1 Pro is 2x faster than M1, while the M1 Max chip is 4x faster than M1.
Both models are available to order on apple.com today. The 14-inch model starts at $1999 and the 16-inch model starts at 2,499.