14-inch MacBook Pro 2021: Apple’s smallest Pro got its biggest update in years. The new 14-inch Apple MacBook Pro (14.2 inches to be precise) was announced as part of Apple’s on Monday. It’s a complete redesign of the and is approximately the same size as that model but with a larger display. The laptop is also one of the first to use Apple’s that promise faster performance than leading PC processors while using less power.
With the new M1 Pro and Max chips, Apple is promising CPU and GPU performance well above its past Intel systems and more powerful than current Windows laptops at this size. During the event, Apple said the 14-inch Pro is nearly four times faster in CPU performance than the Intel Core i7 13-inch MacBook Pro and up to nine times faster in GPU performance. (Although, nine times faster than that model’s integrated graphics is maybe not saying much.)
The 14-inch base model starts at $1,999 (£1,899, AU$2,999) with the M1 Pro, 16GB of memory and a 512GB SSD. The system memory can be bumped up to 32GB (M1 Pro or M1 Max) or 64GB (M1 Max). And since it uses a unified memory structure, it’s available for both CPU- or GPU-intensive tasks. Despite the performance gains, though, Apple says the 14-inch MacBook Pro’s battery will last for up to 17 hours of video playback.
A faster display to match
The 14-inch MacBook Pro uses a mini-LED display similar to the one Apple used for the currentand its $5,000, 6K-resolution Pro Display XDR monitor. Using LEDs that are 100 times smaller than a standard LED, mini-LED displays have more local dimming zones, giving them greater control over lighting, which loosely translates to high contrast and brightness. The new MacBook Pro also has a P3 wide color gamut. CNET’s Scott Stein said in his that its mini-LED display feels like an OLED display and, as on Apple’s iPhone Pro models, the colors, dynamic range and contrast feel a lot sharper and black levels are pretty close to perfect.
Prized for their high contrast and brilliant color, the use ofis steadily on the rise. However, they typically have shorter battery life and they don’t have the possible faster refresh rates of LCD displays. The 14-inch MacBook Pro’s mini-LED, on the other hand, will have an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, which Apple calls ProMotion.
The display is also topped with a. The usable display space wraps the camera, putting a just like the iPhone’s. The webcam is joined by improved mics and speakers that promise to help you with content creation and boost your FaceTime quality.
MagSafe, ports and no Touch Bar
While it was pretty safe to expect better displays and faster performance for the new MacBook Pros, we were surprised to see Apple roll back some of its past Pro design features. The new 14-inch MacBook Pro has three Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 Type-C ports joined by an, a 3.5mm headphone jack and .
Apple also brought back its magnetic charging adapter with. The connector allows you to quickly plug in the laptop for charging and if you trip over the cord it pops off without dragging your MacBook to the floor. The new models are also the first MacBook Pros to support fast-charging.
However, one thing that didn’t make a return is the, which has been replaced by a standard set of Apple function keys. I’m sure the Touch Bar has its fans, but .