In the test: what can the new Macbook Pro do? – Business

The notch, really now? When critics of a new technology work on a really minor detail, it usually shows that there isn’t much else to complain about. In Apple’s new Macbook Pro laptop series, it’s the recess at the top of the screen that houses the camera, among other things. Yes, that’s right, the beautiful is different, but Apple has done a lot of good with its new professional series. While design often dominated practicality, the new ones fulfill many of the wishes that Macbook users have had for a long time.

Above all, Apple serves a wish – that of always having more computing power. After all, anyone who needs a lot of power (or wants to brag about it) is buying a business laptop. Californians, who have put a lot of development work into chips for a relatively long time, are now increasingly reaping the rewards with their computers after their success with smartphones, where they are the clear leader in the field in terms of chip performance.

The Apple team combines a main processor with ten computing cores, eight of which are powerful and two economical, a fast graphics unit and various other computer aids on a huge chip in comparison. They help, for example, to master high-resolution video streams, perform AI calculations or connect peripherals. The particularly fast cache is large and the connection to main memory (RAM) is fast. Since the rather clever concept is also made using five-nanometer technology, the chips operate with tolerable power consumption.

The M1 Pro and especially the M1 Max are as low as their predecessor, the M1, but not anymore. This shows that Apple has managed to significantly increase performance over its predecessor, supported by the fast connection to memory, not through improvements in the compute cores themselves, but mainly by increasing them.

Anyone familiar with the previous generation Macbook probably won’t miss two things: on the one hand, the rather odd touch bar above the keyboard, called the Touch Bar, which allows you to type with your finger. It never took.

Gone are the days of adapters

Second, Apple is using a conventional keyboard again, after a space-saving but repair-prone variant developed in-house caused Apple a lot of trouble. The close-range “butterfly” mechanism was not only noisy, it also clogged up quickly and no longer worked properly. For many Macbook owners, it had to be replaced.

The novelties, on the other hand, will surely be welcomed by most users: there are connections for headphones / microphone, HDMI, three USB-C and a slot for memory cards in SD format. And even the Magsafe connector that many missed is back, which is the magnetically adhesive connector for charging the laptop. Gone are the days when, due to the impeccable design, there was only one USB-C port available, for which you then needed an adapter – which didn’t particularly benefit the look on the office.

Apple shouldn’t be particularly celebrated for these innovations – after all, competition from the Windows camp has long been able to accommodate the connections that are often required in cramped laptops. It was more, if you will, a submission to the wishes of the user, who is tired of fiddling with adapters. We can hardly say that the still very pretty design of Macbooks Pro would be damaged.

Macbooks Pro are available with screen diagonals of 14.2 inches and 16.2 inches (36 and 41 centimeters), they display 3024 by 1964 and 3456 by 2234 pixels. The screens reflect, but compensate for the lack with a large reserve of brightness. The keyboard is pleasant to type and doesn’t sag anywhere.

The question remains who needs the new Macbook Pro. Basically, they’re optimized for target groups who are already Apple users: Filmmakers who want to rough cut on location can now do it much faster, and musicians are also happy with more tracks than they do. in their projects – anyone who really needs a lot of computing power. The rest doesn’t have to spend that much money, it starts at 2250 euros, the maximum configuration costs almost 7000 (!) Euros.

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