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Apple releases two new MacBook Pros with new and improved chips

Expensive new MacBooks feature improved screens, chips and bring back old ports

Apple releases two new MacBook Pros with new and improved chips

Apple has launched the latest versions of its MacBook Pro range, equipped with the much-anticipated M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. There’s also the surprise return of some key ports and the removal of the problematic Touch Bar.

The new MacBook Pro, available in 14 and 16-inch screen sizes, has been redesigned with new features and upgrades that prove Apple has been listening to users’ bugbears.

Both laptops feature an advanced 1080p FaceTime HD camera, XDR display a six-speaker sound system.

The new MacBook Pro models can be pre-ordered today via the Apple website or the Apple Store app and will be arriving from Tuesday 26 October. Prices start at £1,899 for the 14-inch and £2,399 for the 16-inch.

Read the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2020 review to see how the laptops compare

What are the Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max chips?

Man using MacBook

The M1 Pro processor has 10 cores, with Apple claiming that they are 70% faster compared with M1 predecessors. The 10 cores are split into eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores for tasks that require less energy.

It supports 32GB of unified memory, with up to 200GBps of memory bandwidth, which Apple claims will enable creatives to do more on the go than ever before.

The M1 Max chips are a more powerful version of the M1 Pro. They share the same core processors, but the Max has double the bandwidth speed and up to 64GB of unified memory.

Read our thoughts on Apple’s previous M1 chip.

MacBook Pro: other features

MacBook Pro ports

The new models don’t have a Touch Bar on the keyboard, which we’re sure will be music to many Apple fans’ ears. However, they do feature a Touch ID ring on the power button for a faster and more secure way to unlock your Mac.

Apple is also restoring three ports that users missed after they were removed five years ago: the HDMI port for connecting to displays and TVs, an SDXC card reader for transferring photos and videos, and MagSafe 3 for charging. In addition, there are also three USB-C ports, which support Thunderbolt 4 connections, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Battery-wise, the 14-inch model has up to 17 hours of video playback and up to 11 hours for wireless web browsing. The 16-inch model has an impressive 21 hours and 14 hours respectively.

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Which? verdict

Apple laptops are typically expensive, but our tests have proven that they can be worth it. Look out for our full tested review of the new Apple MacBook Pro to see if it’s worth the investment.

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