The new computer comes in two sizes – 14- and 16-inch – and includes the new M1 Pro and Max chips that Apple says are the most powerful ever to be put into a laptop.
Apple made a whole range of similar claims. It said that the screen, audio system and other features were the best in any notebook.
In many ways, the new MacBook Pro brings back old features. It gets rid of the Touch Bar that added a touch display to the keyboard, and brings back the MagSafe charger that allows the computer to unplug if it is pulled away from its charger.
But it also adds whole new ones, including a flat design that actually increases the size of the computer. It is now more flat and square than before, in line with the design of the iPad and iPhone.
The display is also vastly changed. It includes similar LED display technology to the new iPad Pro, and finally brings Apple’s ProMotion fast-refresh screens to the Mac – and it also goes all the way to the edges of the display, with a notch at the top to house the camera.
That camera has also been improved. Its resolution has been doubled to 1080p, and it has improvements that allow it to work twice as well in the dark, Apple said.
The sound has also been improved, for both microphones and speakers. Apple claimed the audio is much louder and deeper than the previous version.
Even with its additional performance, the computers are much more efficient than their predecessors, Apple said. The battery lasts for up to 21 hours, depending on the task.
The 14-inch Pro starts at $1,999, and the larger 16-inch starts at $2,499. They come in silver and space grey, and can be bought from next week.
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