Apple this week expanded its MacBook Pro lineup by introducing 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Not only do the new MacBook Pros have some design-level changes, but there are all-new silicon options that come in the form of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. These new proprietary system-on-chip (SoC) units are designed to take on the likes of AMD and Intel. Along with the MacBook Pro (2021) models, Apple has brought AirPods (3rd generation) along with its new truly wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds as part of the Apple Music Voice plan for those who don’t like their voice. want to use music. The company also introduced its new HomePod Mini colors.
In this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital hosts Akhil Arora review editor Jamshed Avari, deputy review editor Roydon Cerejo and in-house audio expert Ali Pardiwala to discuss the new MacBook Pro models, the AirPods (3rd generation), the new HomePod Mini speak with. Color, and the Apple Music Voice scheme.
The discussion begins with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips designed by Apple as two separate upgrades to its last year’s M1. The new silicon options have up to 10 CPU cores and 32 GPU cores. However, Apple has decided not to expand its new silicon offerings – just as it hasn’t provided much details about its A-series processors typically powering the iPhone and iPad series.
Still, Apple did Claim That its M1 Pro and M1 Max offer up to 70 percent faster CPU performance than the original M1. The M1 Max is also said to offer nearly six times the memory bandwidth of the M1 as well as four times faster GPU performance.
Apple packs the memory as a single chip within its CPU package which helps to deliver better performance and higher power efficiency. There is also a neural engine for artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration.
In addition to the new chips, we talk about the 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) and the 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021). The new machines have upgraded specifications as well as an improved design and additional ports that we had earlier. You’ll find an HDMI port and an SDXC card slot.
MacBook Pro (2021) price in India starts from Rs. 1,94,900 for the 14-inch variant, 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 notch helps Apple provide better screen-to-body ratio and pixel count. When the MacBook Pro is in use it’s not as prominently visible as the notch on the iPhone – thanks to the top bar that’s visible on most apps.
The new MacBook Pros also come with a Mini-LED display which is expected to help improve the viewing experience. There are also physical function keys on the keyboard as Apple has decided to do away with the Touch Bar.
After talking about the new MacBook Pro models, we move on to the AirPods (3rd generation) which come as the successor to the AirPods (2nd generation) and look similar to the AirPods Pro. Ali joins the discussion to tell us about the major updates and whether one should go for the new AirPods or continue with the existing model.
AirPods (3rd generation) price in India is Rs. 18,900. However, you can get the AirPods Pro for an even lower price – thanks to the ongoing festive sale.
We also touch on the Apple Music voice plan which costs Rs. 49 per month. This is specifically for accessing the Apple Music collection through Siri using your voice. The arrival of the new plan seems like a marketing gimmick to expand the use of Siri and position it as a strong competitor against the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
There are also new HomePod Mini colors such as Blue, Orange, Space Gray and Yellow. These are intended to attract people looking for colorful accessories to their rooms. HomePod Mini price starts from Rs. 9,900.
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