The 2021 Apple MacBook Pro Ditches Touch Bar, Brings Back MagSafe

Apple gave its MacBook Pro line its first major design makeover in five years with the 2021 MacBook Pro. Coming in 14.2-inch and 16.2-inch models, the Late 2021 MacBook Pros drop the Touch Bar and utilize a laptop-optimized Magic Keyboard for a vastly better typing experience–one that can closely match the keyboards currently used on the 24-inch iMac. Ports have been an issue with the previous-generation MacBook Pro, and the 2021 MacBook Pro now comes with three USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, a full-sized HDMI port, SDXC card slot, and headphone jack. They also bring back MagSafe, which is now on its third generation.

With these design cues, it seems that Apple is finally acknowledging the flawed design of the outgoing MacBook Pro, redesigning its professional laptop to accommodate all the needs of professionals.

Taking design cues from the current iPhones, the late 2021 MacBook Pros feature a notch in order to trim away the bezels further. Both the 14.2-inch and 16.2-inch models have ProMotion 120hz for a smoother and more fluid user experience. Like the M1 iPad Pros, the late 2021 MacBook Pros use Liquid Retina XDR  displays, along with Mini LED backlighting. Both 14.2-inch and 16.2-inch models have a revamped 6-speaker system with support for Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos. The notch is home to a 1080p FaceTime camera that has a 4-element lens and an f/2.0 aperture.

Both models are powered by new variations of the M1 processor. The M1 Pro is a higher-performance version of the M1 processor that is used on a variety of Apple products ranging from iPad Pros to the 24-inch iMac. With the M1 Pro, you get as much as 200GB/s bandwidth, native support for up to 32GB RAM, and support for up to two external displays. The M1 Pro is manufactured using a 5nm process and has up to 10 CPU cores and up to 16 GPU cores.

Those looking for more power than what the M1 Pro has to offer can go for Apple’s all-new M1 Max processor. The M1 Max comes with a whopping 32-core GPU, support for up to 64GB RAM, a wide 400GB/s bandwidth, and support for up to four external displays.

Aside from significantly better performance compared to Intel-powered MacBook Pros. The M1 Pro and The 14.2-inch model is rated for up to 17 hours while the 16.2-inch ramps that to up to 21 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro Price

The 14.2-inch MacBook Pro will start at Php 116,990 for the model with an M1 Pro Processor (8-core CPU, 14-core GPU), 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD.  The 16.2-inch MacBook Pro will start at Php 146,990 for the model with an M1 Pro Processor (10-core CPU, 16-core GPU), 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD.


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