What you need to know
- Early 2021 MacBook Pro unboxings and reviews are here!
- Now is your chance to get an early look at that new notch.
The new 2021 MacBook Pro officially goes on sale tomorrow, but today's all about the early reviews and unboxings. And as ever, YouTube is full of them!
Whether it's the 14-inch MacBook Pro that takes your eye or that 16-inch monster, there are plenty of talking points here. They begin with that notch — where else? — before we even get as far as the beastly power offered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. And then the ports — oh so many ports!
Enough talking. Let us dive in!
Apple's new MacBook Pros come with new mini-LED screens, powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, and a notch that allows for an improved 1080p cameras to nestle inside the Menu bar, making space for content below it. No matter where you stand on that notch, there's no denying that Apple has a potential winner here — not least because it brought back MagSafe, an HDMI port, and a slot for SD cards. These are things users have been crying out for since 2016 and it's great to see them back once again.
These things are very much shaping up to be the best Mac for creatives — and Apple's just getting started! Bring on the refreshed iMac Pro, Mac mini, and Mac Pro!
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.