Apple impressed us with the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Aside from class-leading performance, you get those ports back too. Apple has given the MacBook Pro a design overhaul that includes a new case and improved thermal system.
MacBooks are known for their quiet and efficient thermal management system. The new MacBook seems to have made it with a system that can move 50% more air at lower fan speeds. Apple adds that the fans never turn on for everyday tasks. In addition, the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips are very efficient, which reduces the risk of overheating.
At the Unleashed event, Apple VP Hardware John Terms said the new case was designed with a “focus on performance and utility.” During the event, he explained how the MacBook Pro chassis was designed to achieve maximum thermal efficiency while keeping fan speeds low. The fan does not switch on even at higher speeds as long as the heat remains in the operating range.
We expected the new MacBook Pro to be thinner and lighter than its predecessor. However, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is thicker and heavier than the current model. There’s a good chance the new MacBook Pro has gained in ground due to larger batteries and the recirculation of the ports. However, this is a reasonable tradeoff for a laptop with unparalleled processing power.
Are you planning to buy a new MacBook Pro? The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBooks are available with the M1 Pro or M1 Mac chipset. Pre-orders have already started and shipping will start next week. Check out our roundup of the best MacBook Pro features.