All MacBook Pro models in the past five years had only two to four Thunderbolt ports, a 3.5mm headphone socket, and one Thunderbolt port. This week saw a change with the new 14-inch and sixteen-inch MacBook Pro models.
After years of complaints about the lack of ports, both MacBook Pro sizes now have several ports that Apple has removed in 2016. These ports include an HDMI port and a slot for SD cards. MagSafe is also included. The two models have Thunderbolt 4 ports on each side, one on the left and one on both the right. There is also a 3.5mm headset jack.
These ports enable the MacBook Pro models to support two external displays with up to 6K resolution if they are configured with M1 Pro chips and four external displays with up to 6K resolution if they are configured with M1 Max chips. Apple's tech specs have confirmed that the HDMI port is HDMI 2.0, rather than HDMI 2.1. This disappointment has been felt by some users.
The key features of the 16-inch MacBook Pro are the additional ports, Apple’s next-generation M1 Pro chips and M1 Max chips, mini LED displays with a ProMotion adaptive refresh speed up to 120Hz, up 10 hours longer battery life and many more.
You can order the new MacBook Pro models now. Prices start at $1,999 for a 14-inch model, and $2,499 if you want a 16-inch model. On Tuesday, October 26, the notebooks will be available to customers and in-store.