We have found the most noteworthy details of the new MacBook Pro

Last night, Apple’s blasting venue conference became the shortest conference in history. Although it was short in duration, it was full of information. At the beginning, we presented colorful versions of HomoPod mini and AirPods 3 as appetizers. Later, we used the large plate of MacBook Pro to present two real bursts. The hard dishes, M1 Pro and M1 Max.

Supplemented by ProMotion and a richer interface as a presentation, the diners who stayed up late last night were addicted, but after the excitement faded, they returned to their senses. We found some MacBook Pro details that were not mentioned at the press conference. You will consider it after reading it. How to buy is not too late.

New member of M1, partner in bombing field

The two SoCs are undoubtedly the protagonists of the protagonists. It is because of their powerful inner core that the MacBook Pro has the suffix Pro.

These two SoCs reproduce the naming strategy of the iPhone family. One is called M1 Pro and the other is called M1 Max. They are different from the M1 released last year, indicating their professional positioning, while also continuing the family genes, still using 5nm. Process technology.

First of all, M1 Pro has a total of 3 versions, of which CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphics processing unit) have two versions for Apple to arrange and combine, and finally constitute the following three configurations:

  • 8-core CPU (performance core x 6 + energy efficiency core x 2) and 14-core GPU;
  • 10-core CPU (performance core x 8 + energy efficiency core x 2) and 14-core GPU;
  • 10-core CPU (performance core x 8 + energy efficiency core x 2) and 16-core GPU;

The three versions are equipped with the same number of 16-core NPU (Neural Network Engine). The number of transistors in the M1 Pro package reaches 33.7 billion, which is more than twice the number of M1, and the operating speed is up to 70% higher than that of M1. , GPU has been improved by 3 times.

The unified memory starts from 16GB and can be configured up to 32GB, and the memory bandwidth is up to 200GB/s.

If everyone is not so sensitive to these data, or the reference object is not of good reference value, Apple officially brought in MSI MSI GP66 Leopard 11UG for a competition, the latter is equipped with an Intel i7-11800H eight-core processor.

I can only say that Intel shed tears after seeing the results. From this picture of Apple, it can be seen that under the same power consumption level, the CPU performance of the M1 Pro is 1.7 times higher than the latter, and it reaches its peak level of performance. Power consumption is reduced by 70%.

Under this kind of performance, the MacBook Pro equipped with M1 Pro supports up to two external monitors with a resolution of up to 6K (60Hz). The monitor referred to here is Pro Display XDR.

Better than you, but also more power-saving than you, a full blow.

Apple even felt that the performance release of M1 Pro was not enough, so it brought M1 Max.

M1 Max has two versions of 10-core CPU + 24-core GPU and 10-core CPU + 32-core GPU. It is the largest chip Apple has built so far. It integrates 57 billion transistors, which is more than the M1 Pro mentioned above. 70%. In addition, the memory bandwidth is twice that of the M1 Pro, reaching 400GB/s, and it can be configured with up to 64GB of unified memory.

It can be seen from the version configuration that the improvement of M1 Max compared with M1 Pro is focused on the number of GPU cores, so Apple once again asked MSI MSI GE76 Raider 11UH to compete on GPU performance. This game is equipped with Nvidia RTX 3080. Independent graphics card with a maximum power consumption of 165W.

The figure below shows that when M1 Max achieves the same level of performance as the RTX3080 graphics card, the power consumption is 100W less, which brings less heat and longer battery life. Due to the extreme control of power consumption, Apple promises that the chip can perform 100% performance when plugged in or not, and will not reduce the frequency due to battery power efficiency.

GeekBench 5's running score also shows the performance strength of the M1 Max. Based on the 32GB configuration, it ran out of 1749 single-core and 11542 multi-core. For reference, the i7-11800H on MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH has a single-core score of 1516 and a multi-core score of 9626.

Therefore, a MacBook Pro equipped with M1 Max can connect three Pro Display XDR monitors through three Thunderbolt 4 ports, and then use the HDMI port to connect a 4K (60Hz) resolution monitor, for a total of four.

In the past, we would say that Apple's press conferences would only compare with ourselves, but now Apple frequently competes with its peers. The reason why Apple chose this approach is to allow the outside world to have a more intuitive comparison experience, and secondly, it means that the newborn calves are not afraid of tigers.

It has been more than a year since the birth of the M1 series of chips, and the two-year Mac’s plan to fully transition to Apple’s self-developed chips has only been halfway through. However, Apple has already produced three SoCs, M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max. This innovation is fatal step by step, and now it has made up for the shortcomings of GPU performance.

People can't help but look forward to what other big moves Apple can release in the future iMac Pro and Mac Pro.

Liu Haiping is not very elegant, but also helpless

Unexpectedly, one day Liu Haiping also came to notebook devices, and Apple also brought mini-LED imaging technology this time.

Apple gave several numbers: 1000, 1600, 10000, 1000000:1 and 1000000000. So many zeros are dazzling. In fact, they represent the continuous brightness of the full screen, the peak brightness, the number of mini-LED beads, the contrast and The number of colors.

The specifications are similar to the Liquid retina XDR display on the iPad Pro 2021, but the same data appears on a large screen like a notebook, which is really rare.

The screen on the new MacBook Pro also uses ProMotion technology, which can achieve a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, but this high refresh rate is not for games, but is convenient for selecting a suitable refresh rate according to the frame rate of the material during video editing. Higher-level "what you see is what you get".

On the 14.2-inch MacBook Pro, the screen resolution is 3024×1964, while on the 16.2-inch version, the resolution is 3456×2234, and the pixel density is 254ppi.

However, no matter how amazing the data is, it may not conceal the impact of Liu Haiping on users. On Apple's official website, we can see that most of the promotional materials are intentionally "hiding" this bang. In the new macOS Monterey, after the application enters full screen mode , The top column will become completely black, presumably to match this bangs in acting.

The reason why Apple made a notch on the laptop is to fit a lens with a larger aperture in a limited space, and the photosensitive element has been increased accordingly. How to achieve this hardware requirement without increasing the top frame, notch The screen came on stage, which is really not very elegant and helpless. What is the actual look and feel, we will not give feedback until we get started and experience it for ourselves.

Regardless of Liu Haiping, the upgrade points that occurred on the screen of the new MacBook Pro are actually satisfactory. Now I only hope that the partition white shadow phenomenon of this screen in extremely dim light can be better controlled.

Faced with such an extremely luxurious screen, how do we take care of it? Apple intimately gave the answer: a polishing cloth worth 145 yuan, if you happen to have strong financial resources, you already have a Pro Display XDR monitor at home, you You can also use this flannel to wipe its Nano-texture glass panel.

All common interfaces return

In the previous forecast article, we mentioned that MagSafe, SD card slot, and HDMI interface are expected to all return to the new MacBook Pro. At that time, many comments said it was impossible.

In fact, even we are half-believing about this. Never thought, this time Apple listened to the voices of users, this time all kinds of interfaces were arranged.

The left side of the fuselage is followed by the MagSafe 3 interface, two Thunderbolt 4 interfaces and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The new headphone jack supports high-impedance headphones and can automatically adjust the volume; on the right side of the fuselage is the SDXC card slot. , A Thunderbolt 4 interface and an HDMI interface.

Apple did not write out the specifications of each interface on the details page. We found out that some interfaces did not use the latest protocol. For example, the HDMI on this machine is 2.0 protocol, so this interface only supports up to 4K (60Hz). It is not 4K (120Hz) supported by HDMI 2.1.

The newly upgraded MagSafe 3 interface can support up to 140W of power supply on a 16-inch MacBook Pro, which can be charged at 50% in half an hour. The other three Thunderbolt 4 interfaces also support charging, with a transmission rate of up to 40Gb/s.

Over the years, MacBook Pro has criticized the Touch Bar on the top of the keyboard. Even if Apple continues to add new usage scenarios to it, it is difficult to conceal its unpractical nature, which can be achieved by physical buttons. Why use a touch bar? Screen to do it?

So with this generation of MacBook Pro, we can finally say goodbye to the Touch Bar. The original position of the touch bar is now replaced by physical shortcut keys. The keyboard groove has been double-anodized and blackened, and the ESC keycap has been enlarged. , With the Touch ID power button in the upper right corner, it looks like a whole magic keyboard is stuffed into the C surface.

On both sides of the keyboard is a six-speaker system that supports spatial audio, and the sound quality is further improved compared to the previous generation 16-inch MacBook Pro. With the new Liquid Retina XDR screen, watching movies and editing are all enjoyable.

Want to buy it? Then how to choose

Even if you have seen this and thought you already understood all the information about the new MacBook Pro, when you click on the purchase interface, you may still be dizzy by the dazzling array of options, so as usual, we still Give you some suggestions for matching.

Based on the positioning of the MacBook Pro series, it is for professional users. Before you buy, you must have understood your needs. It is nothing more than whether you value core computing efficiency or graphics power . If it is the former , please go to From the perspective of M1 Pro , according to the intensity of use, choose between 8 cores and 10 cores. The starting memory of 16GB is sufficient for most users.

If your daily work is more a test of graphics computing power , then please look at the M1 Max . Its GPU performance can make your work efficiency increase rapidly.

Apple has officially conducted comparisons between M1 Pro (16-core GPU) and M1 Max (32-core GPU) on several graphics software including Final Cut Pro, Maxon Cinema 4D, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Studio, Adobe Photoshop, and Affinity Photo. There is no obvious gap in Photoshop. The 32-core M1 Max of other software is obviously dominant, and the rendering of 8K video on FCPX is nearly twice as fast.

For rendering this kind of hard work, the core number is still relatively large. So if you are engaged in post-production, modeling, color correction, etc., M1 Max is obviously your first choice.

As for the screen size, memory, storage space and other parameters, there are not too many doors, just enough. Both sizes can be matched to the SoC specifications you want. For this point, you have to give Apple a big praise.

This "fried field" new product event should be Apple's final battle in 2021. I wonder if these two MacBook Pros make up for your regrets? Anyway, I think it's amazing and very exciting.

Apple has drawn a successful conclusion to 2021 with two new cores, and we will calm down and prepare to send you a first-hand experience report.

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