New MacBook Pro vs earlier MacBooks

Powered by the new M1 Pro and M1 Max Apple Silicon, the 2021 MacBook Pro notebook has major CPU and GPU enhancements, increased RAM, brand new monitors, expanded I / O and more. Read on for an in-depth comparison of the 14 and 16 “new MacBook Pro vs. the 13” M1 and 16 “Intel machines.

Apple impressed with the M1 MacBook Pro, Air and Mac mini in late 2020, and now the next-level Pro notebooks are here with the arrival of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

This means RAM up to 64 GB, CPUs with up to 10 cores and GPUs with up to 32 cores. Other additions include a 1080p webcam, brand new Liquid Retina XDR display with mini-LED backlight, updated I / O array with HDMI, SD and MagSafe back and much more.

Below we have the 14 and 16 “new MacBook Pro notebooks in the middle columns through the comparison with the 13-inch MacBook Pro on the far left and the 2019 Intel 16-inch MacBook Pro on the far right.

And if you’re on the border between a 14-inch MacBook Pro and a 13-inch MacBook Air, check out the detailed comparison here.

14 and 16 “MacBook Pro vs previous MacBooks

New MacBook Pro vs. Old – Hardware Comparison

 14 MacBook Pro vs 16 MacBook Pro - hardware comparison
13 “MacBook Pro (2020) 14 “MacBook Pro (2021) 16 “MacBook Pro (2021) 16 “MacBook Pro Intel (2019)
Processor M1 – 8-core M1 Pro or M1 Max – 8 or 10 cores M1 Pro or M1 Max – 10 cores Up to Intel Core i9 – 8-core
Storage Up to 2TB Up to 8TB Up to 8TB Up to 8TB
ram 8 or 16 GB 16 to 64 GB 16 to 64 GB 16 to 64 GB
Graphics 8-core Up to 32 cores Up to 32 cores Up to the AMD Radeon Pro 5600M
Neural motor 16-core 16-core 16-core
FaceTime camera 720p 1080p 1080p 720p
Speakers Stereo speakers with high dynamic range 6-speakers high-fidelity 6-speakers high-fidelity 6-speakers high-fidelity
Microphones 3-mic array in study quality 3-mic array in study quality 3-mic array in study quality 3-mic array in study quality

There’s a lot to take in, but first, Apple says the M1 Pro offers 70% faster performance than the M1 and 2x faster GPU performance than the M1. And the M1 Pro has 200 GB / s of memory bandwidth.

On top of that, Apple says that the M1 Max offers 4x faster GPU performance than the M1 and comes with an incredible 400 GB / s of memory bandwidth.

Both the M1 Pro and M1 Max have up to 10-core CPUs consisting of 8 performance cores and 2 efficiency cores (base model 14-inch with M1 Pro has an 8-core CPU).

Overall, here’s a closer look at what you get with the M1 Pro and M1 Max:

Both the M1 Pro and M1 Max have media engines to offer hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes and ProRes RAW support. But it’s supercharged with the M1 Max with dual ProRes encoding and decoding engines and dual video encoding engines.

If it is a priority to have the maximum GPU power for your workflow (including support for 4 external monitors vs. 2), you will want to upgrade to M1 Max. If not, the M1 Pro should be very powerful.

New MacBook Pro vs. Old – Comparison of Monitors

A big step forward with both of the new MacBook Pro notebooks is the Liquid Retina XDR Display. It has twice as long brightness via mini-LED backlighting, ProMotion with up to 120Hz refresh rates and an increased resolution / pixel per second. empty density and greatly reduced limits.

13 “MacBook Pro (2020) 14 “MacBook Pro (2021) 16 “MacBook Pro (2021) 16 “MacBook Pro Intel (2019)
Actual screen size 13.3 “ 14.2 “ 16.2 “ 16 “
Solution 2560 x 1600 3024 x 1964 3456 x 2234 3072 x 1920
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10 + hak 16:10 + hak 16:10
PPI 227 254 254 226
Nits (brightness) 500 1000 continuous, up to 1600 peak 1000 continuous, up to 1600 peak 500
retina screen
Liquid Retina XDR monitor
ProMotion (up to 120Hz)
mini-LED backlit
Sand tone
P3 wide color

In particular, the new MacBook Pro comes with a notch at the top center of the screen for the 1080p FaceTime camera. But unlike the iPhone, the hack does not include Face ID hardware / support on the new MacBook Pro notebooks.

But all in all, you get a much slimmer frame around the entire perimeter.

New MacBook Pro vs. Old – I / O Comparison

 14 MacBook Pro vs 16 MacBook Pro - I / O Comparison

Another big change with the all-new MacBook Pro notebooks is the return of older I / O. Apple has included an HDMI port, SDXC card reader and return of MagSafe (officially called MagSafe 3).

Apple has also done away with the Touch Bar, and with the compromise with multiple ports in general, there are 3 Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C 4 ports instead of 4.

Another great benefit of the M1 Pro and M1 Max is external screen support. The M1 Pro supports up to 2 6K monitors at 60Hz, and the M1 Max supports 3 6K 60Hz monitors plus 1 4K 60Hz monitor.

An interesting caveat with the HDMI port, it’s limited to 2.0 instead of using the more capable 2.1 standard.

13 “MacBook Pro (2020) 14 “MacBook Pro (2021) 16 “MacBook Pro (2021) 16 “MacBook Pro Intel (2019)
Magic keyboard
Press ID
Touch Bar
USB-C / Thunderbolt ports 2 3 3 4
HDMI
SDXC card reader
MagSafe charging
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Wireless Internet Wi-Fi 6 (802.11.ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11.ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11.ax) Wi-Fi 5 (802.11.ac)
External monitor support 1 external monitor with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz Up to 2 external monitors with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz (M1 Pro) or up to 3 external monitors with up to 6K resolution and 1 external monitor with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz (M1 Max) Up to 2 external monitors with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz (M1 Pro) or up to 3 external monitors with up to 6K resolution and 1 external monitor with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz (M1 Max) Up to 2 monitors with 6K resolution at 60Hz or
Up to 4 monitors with 4K resolution at 60Hz

Comparison of size, weight and finish

 14 MacBook Pro vs 16 MacBook Pro - size, weight, finish

The new MacBook Pro notebooks weigh more than their predecessors, but considering you get bigger screens, a lot more power and more connectivity options, the smaller weight gain feels very reasonable.

Physical dimensions are pretty close, but again, the new machines are a bit larger overall. As usual for the MacBook Pro series, they are available in silver and medium gray.

13 “MacBook Pro (2020) 14 “MacBook Pro (2021) 16 “MacBook Pro (2021) 16 “MacBook Pro Intel (2019)
Weight 3 lbs (1.4 kg) 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg) 4.7 lbs (2.1 kg) 4.3 lbs (2.0 kg)
Thickness 0.61 inch (1.56 cm) 0.61 inch (1.55 cm) 0.66 inches (1.68 cm) 0.64 inches (1.62 cm)
Width 11.97 inches (30.31 cm) 12.31 inches (31.26 cm) 14.01 inches (35.57 cm) 14.09 inches (35.79 cm)
Depth 8.36 inches (21.24 cm) 8.71 inches (22.12 cm) 9.77 inches (24.81 cm) 9.68 inches (24.59 cm)
Screen size 13.3 inches 14.2 inches 16.2 inches 16 inches
Finishes Silver or medium gray Silver or medium gray Silver or medium gray Silver or medium gray

Comparison of battery life

Battery life seems to be solid, based on Apple figures. But while the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro machines offer best-in-class performance per second. watts, the 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro will have the longest life when it comes to wireless internet use.

But as you can see below, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro circles around the 2019 Intel model with 10 hours longer video playback and 3 hours longer wireless internet usage.

13 “MacBook Pro (2020) 14 “MacBook Pro (2021) 16 “MacBook Pro (2021) 16 “MacBook Pro Intel (2019)
Wireless web battery 17 hours 11 hours 14 hours 11 hours
Video playback 20 hours 17 hours 21 hours 11 hours
Supplied power adapter 61W USB-C 67W or 96W USB-C + MagSafe 140W USB-C + MagSafe 96W USB-C
Battery capacity 58.2Wh 70Wh 100Wh 100Wh
Fast charging

Another benefit of the new notebooks is fast charging, which provides 50% battery life in just 30 minutes. In most cases, it looks like the new MacBook Pros will offer battery life all day long.

Price comparison

The price jump from the 13 ″ M1 MacBook Pro to the 14 or 16 ″ is remarkable, but you get a lot for your money.

When you look at the base price of the 16 ″ M1 Pro MacBook Pro, it’s only $ 100 more than the 2019 Intel 16 ″ MacBook Pro.

Model / price 13 “MacBook Pro (2020) 14 “MacBook Pro (2021) 16 “MacBook Pro (2021) 16 “MacBook Pro Intel (2019)
256/8 GB $ 1,299
512 / 8GB $ 1,499
256/16 GB $ 1,499
512/16 GB $ 1,699 $ 1,999 $ 2,499 $ 2,399
1TB / 16GB $ 1,899 $ 2,499 $ 2,699 $ 2,799
1TB / 32GB $ 2,899 $ 3,499 $ 3,199
Custom builds Up to $ 2,299 Up to $ 5,899 Up to $ 6,099 Up to $ 5,799

14 and 16 “MacBook Pro vs. previous MacBooks end

 14 og 16" new MacBook Pro vs previous MacBooks finish

If you’re interested in the new MacBook Pro, you probably have a good idea of ​​what specifications are best for your workflow. And it’s really nice to see the same custom-built options with both the 14- and 16-inch models.

But if you’re on the fence, remember that you can get the same 10-core processor with the M1 Pro and M1 Max. The big difference you pay for is the extra GPU power, including the more capable media engine and increased external monitor support with the M1 Max chip capabilities.

And when it comes to RAM, if you have medium to heavy workflows and plan to keep your new MacBook Pro for several years, it’s likely a $ 400 + upgrade worth going with 32GB or more.

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