One month after the iPhone 13 announcement, the Apple returns to hold an event, this one focused mainly on the Mac line. Among the products unveiled by the company this Monday (18) is the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. The novelty features a renewed look, a screen with mini-LED technology and, as a major highlight, the chip Apple M1 Max.
For those who think the MacBook line should go through a visual makeover, good news: the new 16-inch MacBook Pro has had its design redesigned.
This change brought the computer a little more in line with the design pattern of the iPhone 13 or even the iMac with an M1 chip.
The detail that draws the most attention, however, is the absence of the (controversial) Touch Bar. This component was replaced by the traditional line of function keys and shortcuts.
The body of the equipment is all aluminum and has supports at the bottom a little larger to facilitate air circulation.
In terms of connectivity, the new MacBook Pro earns points for bringing an HDMI port, three Thunderbolt 4 ports (with USB-C connection), an SD card reader and the MagSafe 3, which allows fast battery recharging through a magnetic connector — the procedure can also be done via USB-C.
Tela Liquid Retina XDR (mini-LED)
Mini-LED panels are nothing new for Apple. In April, the company announced the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a model that has just such a screen among its attractions.
Commercially dubbed the Liquid Retina XDR, the new MacBook Pro’s mini-LED screen promises more contrast (1,000,000:1) and intense maximum brightness — up to 1,000 nits full screen, peaking at 1,600 nits (temporary). That’s because, as the name of the technology indicates, the panel is formed by a set of thousands of tiny LEDs, a characteristic that allows more control over the backlight.
Another interesting new feature of the display is the dynamic refresh rate: the 16-inch MacBook Pro (16.2 inches, to be exact) can work, for the first time, with a frequency of up to 120 Hz. The resolution is 3456×2234 pixels (4K), a combination that makes the MacBook display 7.7 million pixels.
Also note that the use of front space has improved substantially (the edges are only 3.5 mm), in contrast, Apple has inserted a kind of notch in the display to house a FaceTime HD 1080p camera.
Chips Apple M1 Max
Early rumors said that the new MacBook Pro would be equipped with an “Apple M1X” chip. But on the eve of today’s event, information surfaced about not one, but two chips that appear as improved versions of the Apple M1.
These rumbles have been confirmed. The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros can be equipped with the Apple M1 Pro chip or the Apple M1 Max.
More powerful, the M1 Max has 57 billion transistors, a 5-nanometer manufacturing process and a bandwidth of 400 GB/s (gigabytes per second). In addition, the novelty has ten cores for CPU and up to 32 cores for GPU. There could be no other effect: give and sell performance.
The rest of the launch configurations include 16 to 32 GB of RAM on versions with M1 Pro or 32 to 64 GB on MacBook Pro with M1 Max. storage capacity for up to 8TB.
It’s also worth mentioning that the new 16-inch MacBook Pro has a battery life of up to 21 hours, studio-quality microphones and six speakers (two twetters and four woofers) supporting spatial audio and up to 80% stronger bass .
16-inch MacBook Pro: Pricing and Availability
There is still no forecast for the launch of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro in Brazil, but the Apple website already shows the model’s prices in reais:
- 16″ MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and 512GB SSD: R$ 32.999
- 16″ MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and 1TB SSD: R$ 35.499
- 16″ MacBook Pro with M1 Max and 1TB SSD: R$ 45.499
For comparison purposes, US line prices range between $2,499 and $3,499. There, shipments start on October 25th.
For the record, all versions also feature the new macOS Monterey.
Under development. This post will be updated.