Hard to miss: the keyboard of MacBook Pro with M1 Pro processor is now belted in black, giving it a solid appearance that resembles that of the eponymous iPad accessory. The backlight therefore contrasts even more, which is handy in the middle of the night.
A few keys of change
As on the similar product released with the twenty-four-inch iMac, the Magic Keyboard of the MacBook Pro 2021 has a button Touch ID. You just need to put your fingerprint on it to pay for an online purchase, validate a change in the registry or simply unlock the computer. This is located at the top right of the keyboard, and is also used to turn on the machine.
Just opposite but at the other end, we find the shortcut esc. And in between? No more Touch Bar! Instead of this touch screen, Apple signs here the return of function keys. There are twelve of them, and they double as volume and brightness controls, plus access to Spotlight, voice dictation, do not disturb mode, and video playback controls.
Finally, the globe at the bottom left can display the emoji collection in all messaging apps. a must-have.
A more imposing format?
Good to know for those used to light travel: the new MacBook Pros are not the same size as their predecessors. We thus lose a small tenth of a millimeter between the 2020 MacBook Pro M1 and the one with a 14-inch panel, but the 16-inch MacBook Pro has on the other hand shrunk a little with 0.4 mm more. For the width, it will be 30.41 cm for the 13-inch M1 against 31.26 cm for the current one and 35.79 cm for the 16-inch of 2019 against 35.57 cm now.
As for the depth, it is 21.24 cm for 13-inch M1 against 22.12 cm on the M1 Pro, while the 16-inch goes from 24.59 cm to 24.81 cm with the arrival of the Pro chip. Max. With also a hundred grams more on the scale, against two hundred for the small model.