The Latest 16-inch MacBook Pro

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The 16-inch MacBook Pro is pricey, but the top-end M1 chip proves that Apple can truly be as powerful as the most potent rival PC laptops. 

Apple has been experimenting with their chip for a couple of years now. When they finally released their first laptop with this chip, it exceeded expectations. They were the first generation of Macs using Apple’s M1 chip, which combined strong performance and impressive battery life.  

It seems that the first-generation M1 Macs are mainly focused on mainstream consumers. Apple is still selling Intel-based MacBook’s for their more demanding professional users.  

The release of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips by apple is a timely event for the company. They need to show that they can deliver what professionals need or else they may lose customers to other brands. 

It’s a challenge that Apple seems to have relished, as the new 16-inch MacBook Pro provides an impressive — if expensive — upgrade for existing owners.  

Design and Features

When you first look at the new MacBook Pro, it doesn’t seem much different to the old one, which was last updated in late 2019. However, closer examination reveals some significant differences, starting with Apple’s decision to abandon the unloved Touch Bar.  

This has been replaced by a more traditional row of physical function keys (now there’s innovation for you), including a much larger Escape key, which is a welcome detail. The entire keyboard has been updated too and now comes with “mechanical keys that pro users love.” They also travel well and feel firm when typing.  

Another overlooked detail is the extra inches of viewing area on the new Liquid Retina Display. It’s 16.2 inches, giving it an edge over some of its less powerful predecessors in screen size. This does mean that the new MacBook Pro is slightly larger and heavier, measuring 16.8mm thick, 355mm wide and 248mm deep (0.66in. x 14.01in. x 9.77in.), and weighing either 2.1kg (4.7lbs) with the M1 Pro chip, or 2.2kg (4.8lbs) for the M1 Max version. That compares with 16.2mm thick, 350mm wide and 246mm deep, and a weight of 2.0kg for the Intel-based 2019 model (0.64in. x 13.78in. x 9.68in., 4.4lbs.) 

The Liquid Retina Display also supports a variety of colour standards, including the sRGB for web graphics and design and DCI-P3 for video-editing work. There’s even a handy pull-down menu in the Display Preferences panel that allows you to quickly select the required colour standard for different tasks.  

Performance and Battery Life

There has been a lot of buzz about the CPU and GPU being combined into one chip with the Apple M1. It’s still unclear if this is advantageous or not since Intel has had success with its CPUs and GPUs working separately. That question wasn’t answered by the first wave of M1 Macs, but it looks like the M1 Pro and M1 Max can provide an emphatic answer.  

Benchmark testing for M1 Macs is still tricky, as so few benchmark tools currently provide native versions for Apple processors. We took a close look at one review model that scored 1790 in its single-core tests and 12780 for its multi-core performance. That compares with 1290 for single-core and 7600 multi-core performance from Dell’s Core i9-powered, 17-inch Precision 5750.  

Battery life also needs to be considered as this is one of Apple’s key advantages when it comes to laptops and mobile devices. The automatic power balancing features on your MacBook make it possible to do long-term streaming. 50% brightness will give you 11 hours and 42 minutes of streaming time.  

That’s unheard-of from a laptop with such a large, high-resolution display, with rivals such as the Dell Precision 5750 only managing just over seven hours. Of course, battery performance will vary when running video or image editing software. 


The brand-new MacBook Pro is expensive, but if you order with the top-end M1 Max chip it will prove that Apple can match up to rival PC manufacturers. Another strong point of the MacBook Pro is its Liquid Retina XDR display. The display can show you high-quality graphics, images, and videos in amazing detail.  

The laptop’s sleek design will make everyone jealous. And, of course, there’s the impressive battery life, which throws down the gauntlet for Apple’s Windows rivals. This suggests that Apple is finally prioritising features that benefit professional users again. 

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