New MacBook Pros With M1 Pro and M1 Max Chips

Apple announced two new high-end MacBook Pro models today. These contain new processor chips, the M1 Pro and M1 Max, which are more powerful than the initial M1 Apple Silicon chips. The models also feature new displays with a camera notch, no Touch Bar and a new camera. Apple also announced the new 3rd-generation AirPods and the release date for macOS Monterey (Oct 25).

Comments: 10 Responses to “New MacBook Pros With M1 Pro and M1 Max Chips”

    Debra Calie
    2 months ago

    Hi Gary, ordered my new 16″ MacBook Pro a couple hours ago. It’s is due to ship in 4 weeks.
    In 2015 I restored from last BU to move data to my then new machine, but it also moved problems/glitches over too.
    Don’t want to make the same mistake, so I’m planning a manual transfer this time. Searched your videos and see nothing relating to this. Will do more research, but want to ask – do you have any important tips to keep in mind as I go?
    Thank you SO much. I love everything you post!

    2 months ago

    Debra: Using migration assistant should mostly move your data files over. I don’t think you’d run into any problems like that with it. But otherwise, you can do it any way you want. For those that use iCloud for everything, it is almost as easy as just turning on iCloud.

    GazzaDownUnder
    2 months ago

    @Debra Don’t restore from a backup etc. For a clean, “no crud” system, utilise iCloud as much as you can for files and the photos.app
    Install new apps from 3rd party vendors (if not in App Store), but establish registration details with vendor will work first. If you have an app (or plug-in etc) that won’t run on the new system, replace it with something that will. (Or keep old Mac for just that purpose).
    Files not in iCloud, copy from old Mac to new Mac via sneakernet or Ethernet.

    Trudy Young
    2 months ago

    Gary, have ordered 16″ Macbook Pro as well. my old Macbook Pro runs Mojave and I do not want to update it because of iTunes. what is my best option to transfer to new Macbook Pro?

    Paul Hixson
    2 months ago

    Gary, I just ordered the 14″ with the M1 Max Chip. I mention this because you along with a number of other commentators have implied that a customer had to go with the 16″ model to get the M1 Max. While it is true, that Apple kind of implied that in their announcement, it’s not the case. When you select the 14″ model on their ordering website, you are given a choice of apple silicon inside & can choose whether you want the M1 Pro or M1Max. Can’t wait for it to be delivered in about 4 weeks.

    Mitchell Kennedy
    2 months ago

    Is the mag safe connector identical to the original? I’m presently using the 27” Thunderbolt Display with my 2013 MacBook Pro and would like to still be able to use it on the 16” pro max I just ordered. Thanks

    2 months ago

    Mitchell: I’m pretty sure it is not. Note that the old Thunderbolt Display is only 2560×1440. Compare that to a cheap ($300) 4K display you can get now that is 3840×1920. And probably brighter, higher quality and more energy efficient (less heat too). So while it is tempting to use that old display, you may want to pair your new state-of-the-art MacBook Pro with something better.

    Ellen Lerner
    1 month ago

    Hi Gary, I don’t understand why would they get rid of the Touch Bar? That’s the one thing I love about my computer right now. My big issue is a flat keyboard I hate it. Did Apple change this in new MBP so it’s not so flat? I don’t understand what a notch is! Every time they make these changes I feel like changing to a different brand of computer. After being with Apple all these years new innovations Maybe or not with some of us want.

    1 month ago

    Ellen: If you read a lot of online discussion boards, you know that while some people like the Touch Bar, others didn’t. In fact, many hated it and begged Apple to bring back regular function keys. The keyboard is new, but still flat. Simply no room in a modern laptop for anything else. The notch is the part in the middle of the screen at the top where there is no screen because the camera is there. Like on the iPhone. The Windows laptops change over time too.

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