M1 MacBook Pro 16” specs, features, and analysis

Here's what you need to know about 2021 M1 MacBook Pro 16” including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

M1 MacBook Pro 16” image

M1 MacBook Pro 16”

Key Features

M1 MacBook Pro 16”
At Glance
Released in Late
2021
16:10 XDR
16.2”
2234p 120Hz
Weight
4.7 lb
2.13 kg
Up to
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
10C/10T, 3.20 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,747
Single Core
Geekbench 5
12,185
Multi-Core
With integrated
Apple M1 Max iGPU
32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores
Configurable up to
64GB
Unified Memory
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Ports

Availability

M1 MacBook Pro 16”
Released2021
Release Date
  • Announced on October 18, 2021.
  • Available on October 26, 2021.
Pricing
  • $2,499
    M1 Pro 10-Core CPU 16-Core GPU 16GB 512GB
  • $2,699
    M1 Pro 10-Core CPU 16-Core GPU 16GB 1TB
  • $3,499
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 32GB 1TB
  • $3,899
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 1TB
  • $4,299
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 2TB
  • $4,899
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 4TB
  • $6,099
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 8TB
Generations
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Price
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$1,289.00
2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Max Chip (16-inch, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD Storage) Space Gray (Renewed)
2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Max Chip (16-inch, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD Storage) Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$1,879.99
2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (14-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) - Space Gray (Renewed)
2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (14-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) - Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$1,291.08
2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Max Chip (16-inch, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD Storage) (QWERTY English) Silver (Renewed)
2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Max Chip (16-inch, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD Storage) (QWERTY English) Silver (Renewed)
By Apple
$1,924.68
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip 10-core CPU (16 inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD Storage) (QWERTY English) Space Gray (Renewed Premium)
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip 10-core CPU (16 inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD Storage) (QWERTY English) Space Gray (Renewed Premium)
By Apple
$1,741.41

Exterior

M1 MacBook Pro 16”
Dimensions
  • Height: 0.66 inch (1.68 cm)
  • Width: 14.01 inches (35.57 cm)
  • Depth: 9.77 inches (24.81 cm)
Weight
  • 4.7 pounds (2.1 kg)
    M1 Pro models.
  • 4.8 pounds (2.2 kg)
    M1 Max models.
Colors
Space Gray Silver
Keyboard and TrackpadBacklit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys including 12 full-height function keys and 4 arrow keys in an inverted-T arrangement
  • Touch ID
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures

Display

M1 MacBook Pro 16”
Size16.2 Inches
Info
  • Liquid Retina XDR display
    • 16.2-inch (diagonal) Liquid Retina XDR display;10 3456-by-2234 native resolution at 254 pixels per inch
  • XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range)
    • Up to 1000 nits sustained (full-screen) brightness, 1600 nits peak brightness
    • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
    • Color
      1 billion colors Wide color (P3) True Tone technology
  • Refresh rates
    • ProMotion technology for adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz
    • Fixed refresh rates: 47.95Hz, 48.00Hz, 50.00Hz, 59.94Hz, 60.00Hz
 

Ports

M1 MacBook Pro 16”
Ports
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Ports
Image Source: Apple
Left (4)
  • 1 x power port
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Charging
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Right (3)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Charging
  • 1 x HDMI
    4K@60Hz
  • 1 x full-size SD card slot

Internal Specs

M1 MacBook Pro 16”
Processor
  1. Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  2. Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,

Geekbench 5 Single Core

M1 MacBook Pro 16”1
Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)1,73799.43%
2
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)1,747100.00%
01,747

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

M1 MacBook Pro 16”1
Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)11,98898.38%
2
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)12,185100.00%
012,185
Integrated Graphics
  1. Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
    Apple M1 Pro iGPU
    16 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  2. Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
    Apple M1 Max iGPU
    32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
Memory
16GB 32GB 64GB
Unified Memory
Storage
512GB 1TB 2TB 4TB 8TB
SSD

Connectivity

M1 MacBook Pro 16”
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 wireless technology

Battery

M1 MacBook Pro 16”
Size100 Wh lithium‑polymer battery
Battery Life
  • Up to 14 hours wireless web
  • Up to 21 hours of Apple TV app movie playback
Power Supply140W USB‑C Power Adapter 
Charging up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with included USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable.

Software

M1 MacBook Pro 16”
OSShipped with macOS Monterey
Built-in Apps
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player

Camera & Audio

M1 MacBook Pro 16”
Camera1080p FaceTime HD camera 
Advanced image signal processor with computational video.
Audio
  • High-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-canceling woofers
  • Wide stereo sound
  • Support for spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos on built-in speakers
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking when using AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max
  • Studio-quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones

Misc

M1 MacBook Pro 16”
SensorsTouch ID sensor
Security
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
In the box
  • 16‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 140W USB‑C Power Adapter
  • USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable (2 m)
WarrantyYour MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage every 12 months, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.
More
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at 1 billion colors and:
    • Up to two external displays with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors (M1 Pro) or
    • Up to three external displays with up to 6K resolution and one external display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors (M1 Max)
  • Thunderbolt 4 digital video output
    • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
    • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)
  • HDMI digital video output
    • Support for one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz
    • DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)

Photos

Our analysis and reviews

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What we like

Reasons to like about M1 MacBook Pro 16”.

Awesome battery life of up to 21-hours

According to Apple, the M1 MacBook Pro 16” lasts up to 21 hours of battery life.

  • Up to 14 hours wireless web
  • Up to 21 hours of Apple TV app movie playback

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about M1 MacBook Pro 16”.

Non-upgradable storage

M1 MacBook Pro 16” has soldered storage, and there are no M.2 slots for expansion. Learn more

Storage SlotsM1 MacBook Pro 16”
M.20 - Onboard
Non-upgradable memory

The memory on M1 MacBook Pro 16” is soldered to the motherboard, and there is no additional RAM slot for expansion. Since you can't change or add more RAM after you buy, you want to make sure you pick the configuration with the right amount of memory at the initial purchase. Learn more

MemoryM1 MacBook Pro 16”
Slots0 - Onboard
TypeUnified
Speed

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

All-New MacBook Pro Design

The new design focus on functionality and performance. It has a larger chassis that provides more room for an advanced thermal system that can move 50 percent more air than the previous generation.

New M1 Pro and M1 Max Chip

The new 16” MacBook Pro features the new M1 Pro, and M1 Max applies a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture. Both processors feature fast unified memory and increased memory bandwidth up to 400GB/s, 8-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, and with best-in-class performance per watt and industry-leading power efficiency.

New Liquid Retina XDR with ProMotion Display

Featuring the mini-LED technology used in iPad Pro, the Liquid Retina XDR display delivers up to 1,000 nits of sustained, full-screen brightness, an incredible 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

Better Battery Life of up to 21 hours

It delivers up to 21 hours of video playback, seven more hours than its previous-generation 16-inch Intel MacBook Pro.

Much faster CPU performance

Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G) inside M1 MacBook Pro 16” has a 87% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i9-9980HK inside 2020 MacBook Pro 16”.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
M1 MacBook Pro 16” - Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
12,185
M1 MacBook Pro 16” - Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
11,988
2020 MacBook Pro 16” - Intel Core i9-9980HK
6,504
2020 MacBook Pro 16” - Intel Core i9-9880H
6,100
2020 MacBook Pro 16” - Intel Core i7-9750H
4,880

What's missing

Downsides over its predecessor.

Removed features

Here is the list of features removed from the 16-inch M1 MacBook Pro laptop:

  • Removed Touchbar
  • One less Thunderbolt ports
No Bootcamp

You can no longer install and run Windows 10/11 via Bootcamp on the newer Arm-based M1 chip. The only solution you have for now is to use virtualization.

About 9% heavier

M1 MacBook Pro 16” weighed 4.7 pounds, 9% heavier than the 4.3 pounds 2020 MacBook Pro 16”.

WeightM1 MacBook Pro 16”2020 MacBook Pro 16”
Pound
4.7 lbs.
4.3 lbs.
Kilogram
2.13 kg
1.95 kg