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New MacBook Pro with M1 Pro, more ports and a notch priced from RM8799

by Vyncent ChanOctober 19, 2021
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Apple has taken the wraps off the latest MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 based on the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets, and they are looking pretty amazing, especially if you are deep in the Mac ecosystem. The new Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max promise even better performance and power efficiency than the existing Apple M1 processors, and you also get a slew of other upgrades across the board.

The new MacBook Pro has more ports!

Apple MacBook Pro M1 Pro M1 Max (1) (1)

The first major change is probably the design. Apple appears to be returning to a more squarish edge design, allowing them to cram in more ports. It is worth mentioning that it is marginally thicker, but I do believe it is the flatter edge profile that allowed them more space for the larger ports. Both the new MacBook Pro models mark the return of stuff like a HDMI port, as well as a full-sized SD card reader, stuff that content creators will definitely appreciate.

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The new MagSafe 3 quick-release connector is also probably a welcome upgrade, especially for those who has seen their laptops flying off the desk because they tripped over the power cord. Fret not though, as the MacBook Pros can still charge over USB-C. This is probably the first time I have seen something so considerate from Apple, but hey, we are seeing more ports on a MacBook. This is definitely not your usual MacBook. And there’s also a headphone jack!

120Hz Liquid Retina XDR!

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Another major upgrade is the display. Apple is finally offering 120Hz displays with the new MacBook Pros, but in true Apple fashion, these also pack some really impressive specs aside from its refresh rate. Based on miniLED technology, the Liquid Retina XDR display can deliver up to 1600 nits of peak brightness. There’s support for the P3 wide gamut too.

And yes, there’s the contentious notch housing a 1080p webcam. The notch could probably have been smaller, considering it just houses a webcam. If there was Face ID, I would probably say that the notch is justified, but nah. I guess it helps you have a consistent experience of having a notch in the middle of your screen when looking up from your iPhone to your MacBook Pro’s display though. Apple has removed the other contentious feature, the TouchBar, so I guess it is an even trade?

Groundbreaking performance with M1 Pro and M1 Max

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The new Apple M1 Max and M1 Pro processors are also absolute groundbreaking beasts when it comes to performance. The M1 Max and M1 Pro each pack 10 CPU cores, with the M1 Pro touting 16 GPU cores while the M1 Max doubles that with 32 GPU cores. As compared to the last-gen MacBook Pro 13, you are looking at up to 3.7X faster project builds with Xcode, and up to 13.4X faster 4K video rendering, with significant performance gains in AI workloads as well thanks to the 16-core Neural Engine. You can also go with up to 32GB RAM if you opt for the M1 Pro, or an insane 64GB with the M1 Max.

New MacBook Pro Specs and Price in Malaysia

MacBook Pro 14 MacBook Pro 16
Processor Up to Apple M1 Max, 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 5nm
Memory Up to 64GB unified memory
Storage Up to 8TB SSD
Display 14.2″ 3024 x 1964 120Hz Liquid Retina XDR display, 1000 nits max brightness, 1600 nits peak brightness, P3 wide color gamut, True Tone
1 x HDMI
3 x USB-C (DisplayPort)
16.2″ 3456 x 2234 120Hz Liquid Retina XDR display, 1000 nits max brightness, 1600 nits peak brightness, P3 wide color gamut, True Tone
1 x HDMI
3 x USB-C (DisplayPort)
Connectivity WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
3 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-PD, USB4, DisplayPort Alt Mode)
SDXC card
3.5mm headphone jack
Power 70WHr Li-Po battery
Up to 96W USB-C power adapter
100WHr Li-Po battery
140W USB-C power adapter
Weight 1.6kg Up to 2.2kg
Price From RM8799 to RM24 399 From RM10 799 to RM25 199

MacBook Pro 14 MacBook 16 (1)

Apple offers the Apple M1 Pro in several other configurations, including an 8-core CPU and 14-core GPU one as well as a 10-core CPU and 14-core GPU option. Meanwhile the M1 Max is available with a 24-core GPU option as well. If you decide to get the fully-kitted out MacBook Pro 14, be prepared to shell out RM24 399, while the MacBook Pro 16 can go up to RM25 199.

Pokdepinion: Apple giveth thee more ports, and taketh a notch out of thy display.

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.