At a virtual event today, Apple announced new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets. There were no major surprises, unless of course you were hoping that the rumor about them having an iPhone-like notch was mistaken. It was not.
“M1 has transformed our most popular systems with incredible performance, custom technologies, and industry-leading power efficiency. Apple senior vice president Johny Srouji said. “No one has ever applied a system-on-a-chip design to a pro system until today with M1 Pro and M1 Max. With massive gains in CPU and GPU performance, up to six times the memory bandwidth, a new media engine with ProRes accelerators, and other advanced technologies, M1 Pro and M1 Max take Apple silicon even further, and are unlike anything else in a pro notebook.”
There are two new MacBook Pro models, which Apple is now selling alongside the M1-based MacBook Air and (entry-level) MacBook Pro, and they are about as expensive as you’d imagine. The 14-inch MacBook Pro, with its 8-core M1 Pro chipset, starts at $1999 in a configuration with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro, with its 10-core M1 Pro chipset, starts at $2499 for the same configuration.
Both models can be upgraded with multiple levels of CPU, RAM, and storage upgrades—they support up to 64 GB of RAM and 8 TB (!) of storage—and the 16-inch version can be outfitted with even more powerful M1 Max chipsets too. A fully-configured 16-inch MacBook Pro 16 with 64 GB of RAM, 8 TB of storage, and the M1 Max costs $6099.
Apple also announced a new version of its AirPods wireless earbuds that cost $50 more than their predecessors and add spatial audio capabilities, improved sound and battery, and a MagSafe-compatible charging case. They cost $179. And for those who can’t get enough of Apple’s music products, the firm is now offering its $99 HomePod mini in a few new colors and is offering a less expensive Apple Music voice-only plan for $4.99 per month that only works via Siri voice commands.