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Apple's new Macbook Pro laptops

Apple puts the Pro back in Macbook Pro, and then some.  ·  Source: Apple

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It’s here! The moment we’ve been waiting for, the new all-power Macbook Pro has arrived in 2 variants, each configurable with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. All in all, Apple’s Unleashed event was an exciting affair with 2 main areas of focus: music consumers and pro users, who are very happy to be back on the guest list. Let’s see what went down.

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New Apple Music features, Airpods 3rd Gen and Homepod mini

On the consumer side, Apple kicked off with Apple Music’s expanded voice-controlled capabilities. When Siri is combined with these new options through the research and development of playlist features that capture each moment of your day, there are some nifty ways to integrate this between all of your Apple devices. The new Homepod mini is Apple’s new smart speaker system that harnesses the power and convenience of Apple’s media streaming and intuitive smart features, bringing them to every room in your home. The most exciting hors d’oeuvres in this course though, were the newly designed 3rd Gen Airpods geared solely for the consumption of spatial audio. This represents a bold move as a listening format for the music industry as a whole, and at $179 from next week onwards, they are sure to cement the place of immersive audio in our everyday lives.

The Main Event: The new Macbook Pro

It’s almost as if Apple has been stacking up the hate mail since the touch bar design was released, and now they’ve suddenly snapped on us. The completely redesigned Macbook Pro has gone full beast mode in almost every way possible. At first glance, the machine oozes build quality and very much looks like a roadworthy piece of gear for a change. Available in 14.2 and 16.2-inch mini LED display models, that start at the usual $1999 and $2499 respectively. Performance-wise, Apple has aimed to blast the competition into next week with their signature and smug on-brand finesse. The M1 Pro and M1 Max chips offer a massive 70% performance increase compared to the previous M1 processor model. The developments and focus on improving discrete GPU integration are simply staggering too, which will favor creators of both audio and video.

The M1 Pro and M1 Max processor range.

The Macbook Pro is now configurable with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

As rumors suspected, minimalist connectivity ideas were dropped like French class. The new Macbook Pro comes pro-equipped again finally. SD card reader, HDMI, and Thunderbolt 4 are all included, as well as the fast charge capable MagSafe 3 port. To top it off, not only is there a 1/8-inch socket, it even supports higher impedance headphones. If that isn’t a signal to music creators, you may be overthinking. Overall the machine’s exterior is reminiscent of the pre-unibody aluminium body, and although some of us might have wanted a sleeker design we are happy to finally have the Macbook Pro firmly back in the pro domain once more. In closing, it’s important to note that the latest Macs all ship with OS Monterey standard, which poses a risk of compatibility issues with your current system, so be warned.

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