Apple’s professional MacBook Pro has been a workhorse of the Mac lineup for years. Since 2016, however, customers have expressed irritation at Apple’s removal of ports, the loss of MagSafe magnetic charging, and the Touch Bar. The new models still lack USB-A ports but supplement three Thunderbolt 4 ports with an HDMI port for video, an SDXC card slot for camera media, and a headphone jack. The MacBook Pros (apart from the low-end 14-inch model) include powerful chargers and a USB-C to MagSafe 3 charging cable capable of fast-charging the devices. Apple has replaced the Touch Bar with traditional F-keys. A Touch ID sensor remains available at the top-right corner of the keyboard.
M1 Pro: The M1 Pro offers up to 1.7 times the performance of the M1 thanks to a 10-core CPU that has eight performance and two efficiency cores. Its 16-core GPU is up to twice as fast as the M1. The M1 Pro up to 32 GB of unified memory, and it increases the memory bandwidth by nearly three times.
M1 Max: The M1 Max has the same 10-core CPU as the M1 Pro but provides a 32-core GPU with up to four times the performance of the M1. The largest chip Apple has ever made, the M1 Max offers up to 64 GB of memory, and is nearly six times faster than the M1.
The new MacBook Pros feature new Liquid Retina XDR displays with higher resolutions than previous models. On the downside, Apple brought the new displays so close to the case edges that the new 1080p FaceTime HD camera lives in an iPhone-like notch that cuts the Mac menu bar in half. Full-screen apps can avoid the notch.
Numerous options are available, so you can choose an M1 Pro or M1 Max for either size, and pick from 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB unified memory configurations. When it comes to storage, your choices are 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB, and 8 TB.
Let your budget be your guide, and aim for an M1 Max if you work with video. You can place orders with Apple now, but be warned that global supply chain issues may mean waiting for some configurations.