Apple continues to reform its line of computers, which are gradually leaving aside Intel processors to adopt Apple Silicon. After the M1 debuts on the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacMini, in 2020, a new notebook was presented this Monday (18). In addition to winning the M1 Pro and M1 Max, the two chips of the new generation, its screen grew to 14 inches and gained mini-LED technology. And this is just the beginning of the changes.
The end of Touch Bar, the return of MagSafe
The 14-inch MacBook Pro also marks the retirement of the Touch Bar, the tiny touchscreen just above the keyboard that promised to add useful functions to applications. In its place, the good old line of function buttons is back.
Out to Touch Bar, back to MagSafe: the name, which had already been rehabilitated on the iPhone 12, also returns to notebooks, with a new magnetic charger. It has the great advantage of connecting and disconnecting from the device with ease — so if someone trips over the cord, the laptop doesn’t fall to the ground. The 14-inch model has 67W and 96W plug adapter options.
Another novelty that should please a lot of people is that the laptop has gained more ports and connectors: it has an HDMI, three USB-C/Thunderbolt and even an SD card reader. It is possible to connect up to two Pro Display XDR monitors on the model with the M1 Pro and three and a 4K TV on the model with M1 Max. A positive point in connectivity is the arrival of Wi-Fi 6.
And, in the era of remote meetings, the MacBook Pro’s camera also got a boost: it now has 1080p resolution.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro also marks a new in-line design with straighter sides. The logo on the lower frame of the screen is gone, which allowed it to take up most of the space, much like the iPad Pro. Even so, even with the larger display, the notebook is still very compact, with dimensions close to the 13-inch model. And there is a notch to house the camera.
The resolution also got higher: as already anticipated in the macOS Monterey beta code, the 14-inch screen is 3024 x 1964 pixels. Density also increased and went from 226 ppi to 250 ppi. This was possible, in part, because Apple embraced mini-LED technology. It’s not the brand’s first product to feature the feature — the 12.9-inch iPad Pro already has such a display.
Also, the new screen has a 120 Hz refresh frequency, which should improve the graphics appearance. The feature adapts to the content the user is viewing to save battery power.
New M1 Pro chip and more GPU cores
Apple began its transition to proprietary processors with the M1, released in late 2020 and featured on the MacBook Air, Mac Mini, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 24-inch iMac. Now it’s the second generation’s turn.
As a great novelty, it comes with ten cores, eight high performance and two energy saving. In comparison, the M1 has eight cores, with four for performance and four for efficiency. The promise is 3.7 times higher CPU performance than models with Intel Core i7.
This performance seems to be especially important for anyone working with photo, video, animation or 3D images. As an example, Apple says the M1 Max is capable of processing 30 4K ProRes video tracks or seven 8K ProRes video tracks, the same thing as a 28-core Mac Pro.
Performance will be boosted by a new thermal design, which ensures 50% greater air circulation even when the fans are at low speed. And despite the power, the new chips promise energy savings, with the battery lasting up to 21 hours away from the socket. In terms of video playback, it lasts 17 hours, and with the same battery life, you can work twice as long in Adobe Lightroom Classic or compile four times as much code in Xcode.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro will also have more power in the graphics processing unit. The new laptop has versions with 14, 16, 24 and 32 core GPUs — the first two for the M1 Pro, the last two for the M1 Max. 32GB on M1 Pro.
The new 14-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips goes on sale this Monday (18) abroad for starting at US$ 1,999, and hit stores on October 26th.
In Brazil, prices start at R$ 26,999, but the “Put in the bag” option on the Apple store is not yet enabled. The value can reach R$ 78,298.80, with all the maximum options selected.