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Apple reveals new MacBook Pro: HDMI, SD Card, no Touch Bar and more changes

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(Pocket-lint) - Apple has released two new versions of the MacBook Pro laptop at its "Unleashed" event that will sit alongside the company's current 13-inch M1 powered MacBook Pro. 

The two new models will come in two new sizes: 16-inch and 14-inch, and rewinds the clock on many features that have been removed over the years.

The new 2021 MacBook Pro range will ditch the Touch Bar, add a HDMI socket and an SDXC card reader, and see the return of the MagSafe charging adapter alongside three USB-C Thunderbolt sockets.

The new MacBook Pro will also introduce a notch at the top of the display, similar to the iPhone, in an attempt to get more screen real estate in a device that is still portable. The 16-inch model will come with a 16.2-inch display, but will still come in a similar sized casing to the previous MacBook Pro 16-inch model, while the 14-inch model gets a 14.2-inch display in a similar size to the old 13-inch model.


The new models will be powered by the company's new Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max processors and both will feature the company's ProMotion technology found on the iPad Pro and iPhone 13 Pro devices. Both will use Mini LED display technology. 

The 14-inch model will come in two standard variations but also be able to customised. The entry-level model will feature 16GB of memory, 512GB of SSD storage, and the M1 Pro processor with an 8-Core CPU and 14-Core GPU. 

The 16-inch model will have three starting variations. The entry-level model will also come with 16GB of memory, 512GB of SSD storage but with a 10-Core CPU and 16-Core GPU. Those wishing to push the boat out can opt for an off the shelve variation that includes a 10-Core CPU, 32-Core GPU, 32GB of memory, and a 1TB SSD drive. 

If you want to go further, Apple is saying you can. There's up to 8TB of storage, 64GB of memory.  

For those that like to video conference on the go, there's now a 1080p f/2.0 front-facing camera for better low light performance and an improved three-mic array with six speaker sound system, with two tweeters and four woofers, boosted bass, with lower tones supported.


Battery life is pormised at 17 hours of video watching for the 14-inch model and 21 hours of video watching with the 16-inch model.

Both will support fast charging which promises 50 per cent of charge in 30 minutes. 

The new models will be available from 26 October and prices will start at $1,999 for the 14-inch model and $2,499 for the 16-inch model. In the UK prices will start at £1,899 and £2,399 respectively. Those that wish to tick all the boxes will be able to spend up to £5,899 for the fully specced 16-inch model in the UK, and $6,099 in the US. 

Last year's M1 13-inch model will remain on sale. 

Writing by Stuart Miles.