Apple this week expanded its MacBook Pro product line by launching new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The new MacBook Pro not only has some design changes, but also new silicon options in the form of M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. These new proprietary system-on-chip (SoC) units are designed to compete with companies such as AMD and Intel. In addition to the MacBook Pro (2021) model, Apple also brought AirPods (3rd generation) as its new true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds and Apple Music Voice plan for those who want to access music through voice. The company also introduced a new HomePod mini color.
On this week’s TechnologyShout podcast Orbital show, host Akhil Arora had a conversation with Commenting Editor Jamshed Avari, Associate Commenting Editor Roydon Cerejo, and in-house audio expert Ali Pardiwala, discussing new MacBook Pro models, AirPods (3rd generation) , New HomePod mini colors, and Apple Music Voice plan.
The discussion started with Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, which are two different upgrades to last year’s M1. The new chip option has 10 CPU cores and up to 32 GPU cores. However, Apple decided not to go into details about its new silicon products—just as it usually does not provide detailed information about the A-series processors that power the iPhone and iPad series.
Nevertheless, Apple does claim that the CPU performance of its M1 Pro and M1 Max is 70% faster than the original M1. M1 Max is also touted to provide M1 with nearly six times the memory bandwidth and up to four times the GPU performance.
Apple has packaged the memory in its CPU package into a single chip, helping to provide better performance and higher energy efficiency. There is also a neural engine for artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration.
In addition to the new chips, we also discuss the 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) and 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) as a whole. Compared with our previous machine, the new machine has upgraded specifications as well as an improved design and additional ports. You will get an HDMI port and an SDXC card slot.
The MacBook Pro (2021) starts at Rs in India. The 14-inch model is 1,94,900, while the 16-inch model starts at Rs. 2,39,900.
As a distinctive move, the new MacBook Pro models have a notch-just like the latest iPhone models. The gap helps Apple provide a better screen-to-body ratio and pixel count. When using the MacBook Pro, it is not as conspicuous as the notch on the iPhone-thanks to the top bar that appears on most apps.
The new MacBook Pro is also equipped with a mini-LED display, which is expected to help improve the viewing experience. There are also physical function keys on the keyboard, because Apple decided to abandon the Touch Bar.
After discussing the new MacBook Pro models, we turned to AirPods (3rd generation), which is the successor to AirPods (2nd generation) and looks similar to AirPods Pro. Ali joined the discussion, telling us about key updates and whether we should buy new AirPods or continue to use existing models.
The price of AirPods (3rd generation) in India is set at Rs. 18,900. However, due to the ongoing holiday sales, you can get AirPods Pro at a lower price.
We are also involved in the Apple Music Voice plan priced at Rs. 49 a month. It is specifically used to access Apple Music collections via Siri-use your voice. The arrival of the new plan seems more like a marketing gimmick aimed at expanding the use of Siri and positioning it as a strong competitor to companies such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
There are also new HomePod mini colors, namely blue, orange, space gray and yellow. These are designed to attract people looking for colorful accessories in their rooms. The HomePod mini starts at Rs. 9,900.
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