What’s the Newest MacBook?

Stay in the know about the latest version

Ever since Apple first introduced MacBooks, the company has released new models and enhancements—sometimes several in a year. The latest MacBooks feature versions of the brand's first proprietary processor, the Apple M1, which still delivers stellar battery life and speed, the new M1 Pro chip, and a super-powerful M1 Max chip. With the Fall 2021 MacBook Pros, it's all about the chip.

Apple MacBook Pro with the new Apple M1 chip

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The latest MacBook Pro comes in three sizes and several configurations. The 13-inch model runs on Apple's original M1 chip. The 14-inch models are equipped with the new M1 Pro chip, and the 16-inch model gives users a choice between the M1 Pro chip and the power-packed M1 Max chip.

MacBook Pro, 13-Inch With M1 Chip

Apple's original M1 chip makes a return appearance in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Unlike other processors that separate GPU and CPU, the M1 chip keeps everything together. This system on a chip (SoC), keeps RAM and graphics in one streamlined place. The M1 chip delivers lightning-fast performance across the board, from loading apps to processing images or playing video. This MacBook Pro supports one external display.

If you are hooked on the Touch Bar, this MacBook Pro may be your last chance to enjoy one. Apple removed it from the larger models. However, Apple returned the 3.5 mm headphone jack to the laptop.

Here are a few highlights and specs:

  • Chip: Apple M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
  • Memory: Up to 16 GB unified memory
  • Storage: Up to 512 GB SSD
  • Battery: Up to 20 hours
  • Display: 13-inch Retina display with True Tone technology
  • Ports and charging: Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports
  • Sensors: Touch ID and Touch Bar, Force Touch trackpad

MacBook Pro 14-Inch and 16-Inch With M1 Pro Chip

The M1 Pro chip handles complex workflows and four streams of 8K video effortlessly. It can be configured with up to 32 GB of unified memory. It's up to 70 percent faster than the original M1 chip and supports two external displays.

These MacBook Pro models come with Apple's Liquid Retina XDR display, which supports up to 1000 nits of brightness full-screen. This technology is perfect for viewing HDR video formats; it delivers bright highlights and details in the darkest areas.

Missed having a headphone jack on your Mac? It's back on the 14-inch and 16-inch laptops.

Specifications for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro chip include:

  • Chip: Apple M1 Pro, up to 10-core CPU, up to 16-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
  • Memory: Up to 32 GB unified memory
  • Storage: Up to 8 TB SSD
  • Battery: Up to 21 hours
  • Display: Liquid Retina XDR
  • Ports and charging: Three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, MagSafe 3 port, 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Sensors: Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Force Touch trackpad

MacBook Pro: 16-Inch With M1 Max Chip

When you need the most powerful Macbook Pro ever made, the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max chip delivers. It handles massive files and seven streams of 8K video easily. This MacBook Pro has more of everything. It has twice the memory bandwidth of the M1 Pro and supports up to 64 GB of unified memory.

If you're counting, the M1 Max has 57 billion transistors, which is three times more than the original M1. It can deliver graphics four times faster than the M1, with graphics processing power that is unprecedented in a laptop.

Other highlights include a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, a headphone jack, support for up to four external monitors, and spatial audio.

  • Chip: Apple M1 Max, 10-core CPU, up to 32-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
  • Memory: Up to 64 GB Unified Memory
  • Storage: Up to 8 TB SSD
  • Battery: Up to 21 hours
  • Display: Liquid Retina XDR
  • Ports and charging: Three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, MagSafe 3 port, 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Sensors: Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Force Touch trackpad

Previous MacBook Models

The Apple MacBook has made its presence known since 2006. The earliest models include the original MacBook and the first versions of the MacBook Pro.

You can find a comprehensive list of all MacBook Pro models and MacBook Air releases starting from 2006 and 2009, respectively, on Apple's website. Here's a quick overview of MacBook models as they've appeared over the years.

  • MacBook Pro 13-Inch, M1 (2021)
  • MacBook Pro 14-Inch and 16-Inch, M1 Pro or M1 Max (2021)
  • MacBook Pro 13-Inch Intel and M1 (2020)
  • MacBook Air Retina, 13-Inch and M1 (2020)
  • MacBook Pro 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 16-Inch (2019)
  • MacBook Air Retina, 13-inch (2018-2019)
  • MacBook Air 13-Inch (2017)
  • MacBook Pro 13-Inch and 15-Inch (2016-2018)
  • MacBook Pro Retina, 13-Inch and 15-Inch (2012-2015)
  • MacBook Pro 13-Inch and 15-Inch (2012)
  • MacBook Air 11-Inch and 13-Inch (2009-2015)
  • MacBook Pro 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch (2009-2011)
  • MacBook Pro 15-Inch and 17-inch (2006-2008)
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