Apple has finally restored balance to its portable line with the 14-inch, and 16 inch MacBook Pros. You had to pay a premium for AMD and Intel hardware if you wanted a large-screen Mac notebook for video editing. We’ve been waiting eagerly for an M1 upgrade to the 16 inch MacBook Pro. This machine, which I considered Apple’s best laptop, was released two years ago.

MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021)

Pros Cons
Fast M1 Pro and Max processors The competition is more expensive
Excellent Liquid Retina XDR Display There is no storage expansion or memory.
Amazing keyboard Some people may find it irritating to have a notch in their hair
You can find most ports that you desire
Reader SD Card
Solid battery life
Amazing speakers
Some people may find it irritating to have a notch in their hair

MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021)

Pros Cons
Fast M1 Pro processor and Max processor The competition is more expensive
Excellent Liquid Retina XDR Display There is no storage expansion or memory.
Amazing keyboard Some people may find it irritating to have a notch in their hair
You can find most ports that you desire
SD Card reader
Battery life is excellent
Amazing speakers

Apple’s new MacBook Pros are the perfect solution for media professionals. They feature its M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. Both laptops have XDR display technology, which was borrowed from the iPad Pro. The processors are faster than last year’s M1 and can support 64GB of RAM. Apple did not look back as it moved forward. It restored ports and adopted a design that was similar to many of its older models. They are PowerBooks, reborn.

What’s new?

These new MacBook Pros have amazing displays. These displays are far better than Apple’s $5,000 Pro Display XDR. There is also complexity to these displays, as with all the new MacBook Pros.

The notch houses the 1080p webcam and TrueTone’s light sensor. Instead of thinking about the notch as eating into the display’s display, I see it as the display growing except in one spot. The MacBook Pro has a 16/10 display, with an extra bit at the top of the menu bar and notch. It becomes invisible after a few seconds, much like the iPhone notch.

There are free tools that can hide the menu bar or black it out. You’ll still have the same experience as your previous MacBook. We promise, the notch isn’t worth worrying about.

It can, however, be quite odd when used in practice. Already there are videos of strange notch bugs. This is what happens with every new iPhone. It takes a while for apps to catch up. It is not something we are worried about.

Would it have been easier if Apple added Face ID to its MacBook Pro? It’s true that Touch ID is not fast enough on these machines. The notch would have been easier to reduce if the webcam were as good as the iPhone’s front camera. Yes.

It is also odd that Apple uses display notches on the iPhone and MacBook as branding elements, making them uniquely Apple products. This seems to be more apparent than ever.

Based on the specs alone, I expected some amazing performance improvements. The benchmarks were impressive: Both MacBook Pros outperformed every Windows PC that we tested this year, according to GeekBench 5. This includes the NUC 11 Extreme, which is powered by Intel’s Core i9-11900KB desktop CPU. It is not surprising that the single-core performance of the M1 Pro and Max were similar to the M1. However, the multi-core numbers were much higher. A nice bonus is that both computers have NVMe SSDs. This will make it easier to work on large projects.

Geekbench 5 Compute scores that were heavily GPU-heavy showed Apple hasn’t yet surpassed NVIDIA or AMD. The faster 14-inch MacBook Pro ran twice as fast as the Surface Pro 8 (running Intel Xe graphics), and the M1-equipped 13.-inch MacBook Pro. However, the larger notebook was comparable to the Surface Laptop Studio with an NVIDIA 3150 Ti. These aren’t terrible scores but it shows that those who require serious power for 3D rendering and data crunching might be better off using PCs with dedicated GPUs.


If you are looking for a new computer, which model should you choose? I would recommend the 14-inch model if you are using it mostly for productivity tasks. It is also easier to transport. This is a great option for coders or people who don’t need much screen space. However, all the audio and video producers I spoke to wanted the 16-inch model.

High prices are the biggest problem with the new MacBook Pros. But, really, Apple is what you would expect. If you compare it to the 13 inch MacBook Pro, the 14-inch model will likely give you the vapors. Apple’s pricing is a fair deal in the worlds of gaming and high-end productivity notebooks. For example, the Razer Blade 14 costs just 200 dollars more than the MacBook Pro 14.-inch. The Dell XPS 15 OLED costs around $500 less than the 16 inch MBP. However, it has a slower CPU than Apple’s. You’ll probably pay around $2,500 once you start to specc the machine up.

These computers offer almost everything you would expect from a notebook. The new MacBook Pros are the perfect choice for creative professionals who have a lot of money to spend on a computer that will speed up their workflow.

AGREE to CONTINUE: APPLE Macbook PRO 14 and 16

Each smart device requires that you agree to certain terms and conditions before it can be used. These are contracts that nobody actually reads. We are unable to review and analyze all of these agreements. We started to count how many times we had to click “agree” when we reviewed them, since these agreements aren’t something most people can read or negotiate.

To be able to use the MacBook Pro properly, you must agree to the following:

  • The macOS software licensing agreement includes Apple’s warranty and Game Center terms and condition.

These agreements are non-negotiable and you can’t use the laptop if you don’t agree to them.

You can also choose to sign optional agreements such as:

  • Services for location
  • Using an iCloud Account adds iCloud Terms & Conditions and Find My Location services
  • Apple will receive crash and usage data in order to assist app developers
  • Apple will use Siri transcripts for improved voice recognition
  • Apple Pay Terms and conditions
  • The final count includes six optional and three mandatory agreements.

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