[Specs, Info, and Prices] Apple MacBook Pro 14 and Pro 16 (Late 2021): More of everything

The highly rumored MacBook Pro laptops are finally here. What they bring to the table is not only a total visual overhaul but also some key performance improvements, with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max SoC’s, named in typical Apple fashion. These notebooks present the pinnacle of Apple’s engineering and we can’t wait to get them for reviews, comparisons, and everything in between.

Today we are giving you a quick overview of the new Apple MacBook Pro 14 and Pro 16 (Late 2021).

The MacBook Pro 14 (Late 2021) and the MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2021) will be available from the 26th of October for a starting price of $1,999 and $2,499, respectively.

Full Specs: Apple MacBook Pro 14 (Late 2021) / MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2021)


The design of the new laptops is pretty striking, to say the least. First of all, as these are premium devices, we have aluminum unibodies for both and a Glass display over. You get rounded edges and corners, which soften up the design of the laptops. The elephant in the room is definitely the notch on the top bezel, which has made its way here from the iPhone 13. Thankfully, there is an option to hide it, which is great to hear.

The use of a notch means that the bezels can be slimmed down significantly. In terms of weight and height, the MacBook Pro 14 comes in at 1.60 kg and 15.5 mm, respectively. The MacBook Pro 16 is decently bulkier, weighing 2.10 kg and having a profile of 16.8 mm. The laptops are not identical though, as the Pro 16 has wider speaker grills.

MacBook Pro 14
MacBook Pro 16


Both laptops feature Liquid Retina XDR displays, with a resolution of 3024 x 1964p for the Pro 14 and 3456 x 2234p for the Pro 16. The diagonal of the Pro 14 is 14.2-inches, while the one on the Pro 16 is 2 inches longer. Both displays use MiniLED technology and have a 120Hz refresh rate, which will make scrolling, and gaming a whole lot smoother.

The panels can sustain a brightness of 1000 nits while speaking at 1600 nits. They also have a 1 000 000:1 contrast ratio, which is rivaling OLED panels. 100% DCI-P3 coverage and TrueTone technology also make the laptops suitable for color-sensitive work.

Specifications and features

Going into the insides, the new laptops are powered by two new SoCs from Apple Silicon. The M1 Pro is the less powerful of the two, featuring either an 8-core or a 10-core CPU with the big.LITTLE architecture. Respectively the M1 Max features a 10-core CPU. Interestingly, both processors can be configured within either of the new laptops, with the exception of the 8-core M1 Pro, which is exclusive to the 14-inch device. Needless to say, they are pretty damn powerful, being able to rival if not best the most powerful mobile offerings from both Intel and AMD.

In terms of graphics, the M1 Pro comes with either a 14-core or a 16-core GPU, while the M1 Max has either a 24 or a 32-core GPU. Once again, Apple is promising more GPU performance than any professional-grade graphics that its competitors have on the market. Of course, stay tuned for our take on both devices, once they arrive in our office.


Keep in mind that the laptops supposedly do all that, while also being exceptionally power efficient and offering long battery life. Apple is showing that the Pro 14 can withstand up to 17 hours of video playback, while the Pro 16 increases that to 21 hours. We will have to wait and see, but if the MacBook Air 13 and Pro 13 from last year were any indications, consumers are in for a treat.

Apple brings a new Magic keyboard into the fold, with a row of function keys, making the TouchBar a thing of the past. The new keyboard promises a tactile feel that is similar to mechanical switches, but we will have to check that out for ourselves. On the two sides of the keyboard, we see a 6-speaker front-firing setup.

The laptops also have something that they previously didn’t: a variety of ports. The dongle life also seems to be behind us, as the new MacBooks bring three Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.0 connector, an SD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

All Apple MacBook Pro 14 (Late 2021) configurations:

All Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2021) configurations:

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