Apple has revealed a much-needed upgrade to the MacBook Pro, and it’s available to buy right now.
The new 14in and 16in MacBook Pro offer a significant change compared to their predecessors; as well as the 13.3in model jumping to 14.2in, the new range sport smaller bezels and a 120Hz Super Retina XDR display with HDR support, the return of ports including HDMI, an SD Card Reader and even the beloved MagSafe, and the next-gen Apple Silicon chips.
In a surprise move, there isn’t one but two new Apple Silicon chips; the M1 Pro and M1 Max. The M1 Pro offers an impressive upgrade over the M1, with up to 10 CPU cores and 16 GPU cores, while the M1 Max offers the very best performance Apple has to offer, with the same 10 CPU cores and a whopping 32 GPU cores.
When combined with up to 64GB of Unified Memory, the MacBook Pro has the potential to provide serious computing power.
It hasn’t come at a cost to battery life either, with Apple quoting a 17-hour battery life for the MacBook Pro 14in, while the MacBook Pro 16in offers the best battery life of any Mac to date with an impressive 21 hours.
Excited? You should be. Here’s everywhere that you can buy the new MacBook Pro range in the UK and US, even if Black Friday deals are unlikely. If you’d prefer to find out more before buying, we outline all you need to know about the new MacBook Pro range separately.
When were the new 14in and 16in MacBook Pro released?
The 14in and 16in MacBook Pro went up for pre-order on 18 October 2021, and orders shipped a week later on 25 October 2021.
How much does the new MacBook Pro range cost?
Appearing alongside – rather than completely replacing – the M1 variant of 13in MacBook Pro, the new 14in and 16in models are a little more expensive, starting at £1,899/$1,999 and £2,399/$2,499 respectively, and that price will rise if you customise your Mac before you buy it.
Here’s a list of stock pricing for reference:
MacBook Pro 14 (M1 Pro 8-core CPU, 14-core GPU, 16GB memory, 512GB storage) – £1,899 / $1,999
MacBook Pro 14 (M1 Pro 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16GB memory, 1TB storage) – £2,399 / $2,499
MacBook Pro 16 (M1 Pro 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16GB memory, 512GB storage) – £2,399 / $2,499
MacBook Pro 16 (M1 Pro 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16GB memory, 1TB storage) – £2,599 / $2,699
MacBook Pro 16 (M1 Max 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 32GB memory, 1TB storage) – £3,299 / $3,499
Where can I buy the new 14in and 16in MacBook Pro?
During the pre-order stage, both models of MacBook Pro (2021) were exclusively available via the Apple Store and a small handful of retailers. However, now that the laptop range has started shipping, it has begun appearing at most third-party retailers that stock Macs.
We’ve listed all third-party retailers selling the new 14in and 16in MacBook Pro in the UK and US right now and we’ll add more as they appear, so check back frequently if your favourite retailer isn’t selling the new MacBook Pro right now.
When is Black Friday 2021? Should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday arrives on 26 November this year, followed by Cyber Monday on 29 November, which leads to the question: should you wait until then for a better deal?
In the case of the new MacBook Pros, there’s no need. Given the device went on sale so recently, the chances of significant discounts around Black Friday are highly unlikely. There may be some bundles here and there, but you can buy one right now without too many regrets.
If you are looking for a bargain on Apple laptops, consider the 13in M1 MacBook Pro or M1 MacBook Air instead.