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Apple’s redesigned 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max are Apple’s most powerful laptops.
Apple first announced its transition from Intel to its own silicon Macs at WWDC 2020. Their first three products with the M1 chip were the Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, before also coming. on iMac and iPad Pro. These five products have been praised for their potency and effectiveness. Since the launch of M1, pros have been eagerly awaiting something more upscale. At Apple’s latest event, we finally saw the launch of the new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max, along with new AirPods, HomePod mini colors, and Apple Music Voice Plan.
With an up to 10-core processor and a 32-core GPU, the MacBooks M1 Pro and M1 Max are perfect for editing massive spatial audio projects with hundreds of high-quality tracks and effects. After the event, Apple updated its Pro Logic Pro music creation software with spatial audio features, royalty-free producer packs, and extra power to take advantage of all that extra power. Apple claims that the 10-core processor on both chips allows up to 3 times more Amp Designer plugins in Logic Pro compared to the previous generation’s high-end 13-inch model.
Beyond performance, Apple has redesigned the entire laptop with an improved display, battery life, camera, sound system, and connectivity. Connectivity is improved with more ports including a headphone jack that supports high impedance headphones. The audio system is enhanced with “state-of-the-art, studio-grade” microphones that have even lower background noise, for clearer calls and recordings, as well as a six-speaker, high-fidelity audio system. from two tweeters and four force-canceling woofers, ensuring a clearer soundstage and 80% more bass. The new speaker system supports spatial audio, delivering a three-dimensional, theater-like listening experience to music and movies in Dolby Atmos.
The 14 and 16-inch MacBooks with M1 Pro and M1 Max are available for pre-order online today. They will be in store and start shipping on Tuesday, October 26. The 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $ 1,999, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $ 2,499. Both laptops are configurable with different chips, memory and SSD.
While these new laptops are the best option for those looking for the more powerful music production laptops, the older and cheaper M1 Mac mini, Macbook Air, Macbook Pro and iMac are still great computers for lighter workloads on a tighter budget. Beware of potential updates coming to MacBook Air in the coming months. We also expect to see the M1 Pro / M1 Max chips coming to products like the high-end Mac mini, the larger iMac, and a Mac Pro next year.