What’s changing with the late 2021 MacBook Pro display

MacBook Pro 2021

The format

The MacBook Pro M1 Pro are the first Apple computers to feature such an edge-to-edge display, with 3.5mm of gap between the case and the screen on the sides – that’s 24% thinner lines . Same distance up, but with here 60% margin earned on aluminum. In addition, the corners are now rounded, as on the iPhone, in order to conform even more to the contours of the machine.

But the paradox is that these serious design improvements come at a price: that of… ergonomics. Indeed, Apple has not been able to integrate a punch, retractable camera or lens under the screen for its 1080p FaceTime sensor installed at the top of the machine. No, instead, the brand simply adopted the concept ofnotch which still sits at the top of its high-end smartphones.

Oh, and… Face ID is not integrated.

Diagonal size

  • 16.2 inch for the large model against 16 inches previously
  • 14.2 inch for the compact model against 13.3 inches previously


  • native resolution of 3,024 by 1,964 pixels (254 ppi) for the 14-inch MacBook Pro versus 2,560 by 1,600 px for the 13-inch MacBook Pro M1
  • native resolution of 3,456 by 2,234 pixels (same density) for the 16-inch MacBook Pro, compared to 3,072 by 1,920 px previously
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Brightness in HDR

The screens of the new MacBook Pro M1 Pro feature mini-LED backlighting that can make them up to three times brighter. But to take advantage of this advantage, it is necessary to run the Retina panel with its HDR colors.

Specifically, the new MacBook Pros can achieve 1,600 nits where they were limited to only 500 in 2020. It should also be noted that the proposed contrast is 1,000,000: 1, for a billion colors broadcast.

The rhythm

Finally, the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros are the first to feature the technology Promotion. This is also available on iPad Pro and iPhone 13 Pro / Max, offering a refresh rate of 120 Hz. This means that the screen can broadcast up to 120 images per second.

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