Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch: A new best for music producers
19.10.2021

Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch: A new best for music producers

Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch product shots
Words by Sam McNiece

With up to 3x as many instances of Logic Pro plugins!

Apple are charging ahead with their new M1 chip, adding new MacBook Pros to the mix which use the in-house designed chip. The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros feature faster processing time and increased performance across the board which is great news for music producers or people in any digital creative capacity.

What you need to know:

  • Apple have unveiled 14-inch and 16-inch editions of the MacBook Pro with some models boasting the new M1 Max chip.
  • The Apple designed and created M1 chips work faster and consume less battery than Intel chips used in previous models.
  • In-built speakers now support spatial audio with six drivers plus a three-mic array with beamforming to capture audio with increased clarity and a reduced noise floor.

Read all the latest product news here.

First, in good news for music producers, the headphone jacks now support high impedance headphones which enable studio reference headphones to be used directly with the new laptops. Magsafe is back for charging the MacBook but Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports still remain as a charging option.

With regards to in-built audio functions, theres two tweeters and four force cancelling woofers that deliver 80% more bass and reach half an octave lower than the previous edition of MacBook Pros. Although most audio heads will be listening to music through dedicated speakers, this is still a cool update for another listening angle.

Courtesy of Apple’s new M1 Pro and Max chips, CPU performance is 2x faster and 2.5x/4x GPU performance from Pro and Max chips respectively. With MacBook Pros already sought after by music producers, this hardware update will allow for more plugins to run on your session without audio clicking and crashes, especially when using Logic Pro, Apple’s DAW.

Also announced in the press ‘experience’ is a new iteration of their AirPods which boast sweat and water resistance alongside spatial audio and an adaptive EQ.

The new MacBook Pro 14 and 16-inch editions are available for purchase now with expected shipping dates on October 26, 2021.

Check out all the new features on Apple’s website.