MacBook Pro 2021: News, Price, Release Date, and Specs

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MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch
MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch.

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New MacBook Pros have been confirmed by Apple to be arriving this October. They've lost the Touch Bar but gained MagSafe charging, the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, an upgraded Liquid Retina XDR display, and new ports.

When Will the MacBook Pro 2021 Be Released?

The original estimates we heard is that both a 14-inch and 16-inch model will launch sometime before September 2021, but that didn't happen. A Bloomberg report pointed to the summer, and writer and avid leaker Max Weinbach was a bit more specific, with a guess of early August.

However, Apple officially announced the new MacBook Pro on October 18, 2021. Pre-orders are live now (see below), with availability starting October 26.

MacBook Pro 2021 Price

The 14-inch model comes in two versions:

  • $1,999: 8-core CPU, 14-core GPU, 16 GB memory, 512 GB SSD storage
  • $2,499: 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16 GB memory, 1 TB SSD storage

There are three 16-inch models. Each includes a 10-core CPU, but the other specs differ:

  • $2,499: 16-core GPU, 16 GB memory, 512 GB SSD storage
  • $2,699: 16-core GPU, 16 GB memory, 1 TB SSD storage
  • $3,499: 32-core GPU, 32 GB memory, 1 TB SSD storage
MacBook Pro 16-inch
MacBook Pro 16-inch.

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Pre-Order Information

Pre-orders for the MacBook Pro began on October 18, 2021.

MacBook Pro 2021 Features

Love for the Touch Bar in the previous MacBook Pro isn't something everyone agreed on—some adored it, and some hated it. It's clear where Apple stands now that they've removed it in the 2021 models. Physical function keys are the new norm.

2021 MacBook Pro keyboard
MacBook Pro 16-inch keyboard.

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MacBook Pro 2021 Specs and Hardware

Massive design changes didn't take place with these new MacBooks. Compared to the last iteration, there's a similar overall design, but with smaller side bezels and no MacBook Pro logo. And, of course, no Touch Bar.

There are, however, several internal changes. Apple is moving away from Intel chips, so the MacBook Pro 2021 uses Apple Silicon. The 14-inch model runs the M1 Pro chip, and the 16-inch model lets you choose between the M1 Pro and M1 Max, depending on the version you choose.

The M1 Pro, according to Apple, "delivers up to 70 percent faster CPU performance than M1, and up to 2x faster GPU performance." With M1 Pro, you can hook up two Pro Display XDRs, or three Pro Display XDRs and a 4K TV with M1 Max.

MagSafe has arrived as well. This wireless, magnetic charging method was introduced with the 2006 MacBook Pro but was phased out due to USB-C. Recently, Apple upgraded the tech and included it in the iPhone. This newer version (for the iPhone) doubles the power output to 15 W, so you can expect faster charging on the MacBook Pro, too. Fast charge lets you charge up your MacBook to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.

The MacBook Pro has a Liquid Retina XDR display. Featuring the mini-LED technology used in iPad Pro, this display brings up to 1,000 nits of brightness, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. ProMotion technology provides an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz.

The 2021 MacBook Pro also has Thunderbolt 4 ports, an SDXC card slot, an HDMI port, a headphone jack that supports high-impedance headphones, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0.

The Latest News About MacBook Pro 2021

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