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Definition: MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro is the top line of MacBook laptops, introduced in 2006. The Pro was the first Mac laptop to use Intel CPUs and the first laptop to use the Thunderbolt interface in 2011 (see Thunderbolt). In 2020, Apple began switching to its own M1 chip and offered different chip configurations in 2021 (see below). See Apple M1.

Screens Sizes: All Over the Place
Pro models initially had 17" screens until 2012; then down to 15" but up again to 16" in late 2019. In 2021, 13", 14" and 16" screens became available (see below).

The Touchscreen Toolbar
In 2016, the fourth-generation Pro included a programmable touchscreen toolbar in place of physical function keys (see Touch Bar). The application controls what displays on the touch bar (buttons, menus, etc.), and Touch ID for Apple Pay and logins is supported. In 2019, the non-Touch Bar Pro model was discontinued, but in 2021, the Touch Bar itself was dropped on 14" and 16" models (see below). See MacBook.


                    SSD     Max
     Screen       Storage   RAM  Weight
      Size  Chip   (GB)     (GB)  (lbs)

 Pro   16"  Max  1024-8192   64   4.8
 Pro   16"  Pro  1024-8192   64   4.7
 Pro   16"  Pro   512-8192   64   4.7

 Pro   14"  Max  1024-8192   64   3.5
 Pro   14"  Pro   512-8192   32   3.5

 Pro** 13"  M2    256-2048   24   3.0

 ** Includes Touch Bar


          CPU    GPU

  M1 Pro   10    14-16
  M1 Max   10    24-32

  M2        8    10

The Pro Touch Bar
The Pro line includes a touch toolbar in place of function keys. Very innovative, an application can display essential functions for the currently running process. F1-F10 keys can also be simulated, and in some apps, users can configure their own keys. (Images courtesy of Apple Inc.)