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MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
  • Excellent for general use
  • Excellent for software development
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
  • The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) has no clear advantages over the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021).

Key differences

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Screen Quality

9.4
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
9.4
16.2in
SIZE
16.2in
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
3456 x 2234
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
Mini LED
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
120Hz
497.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
487.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has a better screen than the Apple MacBook Pro 16 for software development.
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Key similarities

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General Use

9.0
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
8.7
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
3456 x 2234
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
Mini LED
497.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
487.0 nits
17.5 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
17.5 Hours
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.5/10
7.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.6/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) to be excellent for general use, while the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) is very good.

Gaming and AI

7.1
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
7.2
3.2/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
4.6/10
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
3456 x 2234
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
120Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
8.7/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
8.7/10
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) are both good for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

8.3
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
8.4
7.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.6/10
3.2/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
4.6/10
32.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) are both very good for engineering and design.

Content Creation

8.8
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
8.7
7.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.6/10
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
3456 x 2234
32.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
Mini LED
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) are both very good for content creation.

Software Development

9.0
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
8.7
7.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.6/10
32.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
3456 x 2234
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.5/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) to be excellent for software development, while the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) is very good.

Battery

17.5 Hours
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
17.5 Hours
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has 17.5 hours of battery life. The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has 17.5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Good
16.2in
SIZE
16.2in
4.7 lbs
WEIGHT
4.7 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
0.6in
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) both have good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
10.0
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) both have best in class build quality.

Cost

$1,999
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
$1,990
Product imageProduct image

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) has a price of $1,999 and the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) costs $1,990.

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How the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) and the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)

GENERAL

Price
$1,999
$1,990
Release Date
October 1, 2021January 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.8'' x 0.66''14'' x 9.8'' x 0.66''
Weight
4.7 lbs4.7 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M1 Pro (10C)Apple M2 Pro (12C)
Graphics
M1 Pro (16C) M2 Pro (19C)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
32 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
17.5 Hours17.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.6 Wh99.6 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16.2"16.2"
Display Technology
Mini LEDMini LED
Resolution
3456 x 22343456 x 2234
Refresh Rate
120Hz120Hz
Display Brightness
497 nits487 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/1010/10
Portability Score
7.6/107.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
8.8/108.8/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteWhite
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9.5/109.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/1010/10
Webcam
1080p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
YesYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
00
USB-C ports
33
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
22
Thunderbolt Version
44

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Andreas Osthoff | February 2023
"The Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023: M2 Max challenges GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. The new MacBook Pro 16 2023 with the M2 Max SoC is the most powerful laptop Apple has on sale right now. While we do not get the expected performance and efficiency improvements from completely new 3 nm chips, which we expected ahead of the launch, the 2023 model is still a solid update. The CPU of the M2 Max can be up to 20 % faster than the old model and we also see an advantage of 25-30 % for the GPU with 38 cores. However, both components also consume more power, so the efficiency did not change that much under maximum load."

Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)

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Andreas Osthoff | February 2023
"The Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023: M2 Max challenges GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. The new MacBook Pro 16 2023 with the M2 Max SoC is the most powerful laptop Apple has on sale right now. While we do not get the expected performance and efficiency improvements from completely new 3 nm chips, which we expected ahead of the launch, the 2023 model is still a solid update. The CPU of the M2 Max can be up to 20 % faster than the old model and we also see an advantage of 25-30 % for the GPU with 38 cores. However, both components also consume more power, so the efficiency did not change that much under maximum load."

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About Apple

Apple, an American technology company, is one of the world’s largest company in terms of market capitalization. Their MacBook laptops feature a slim, minimalistic design, class-leading battery life, and premium display and speaker quality. In 2020 Apple switched from using Intel processors to their own silicon chips which have excellent performance and efficiency. The macOS operating system is the second most widely used OS, after Windows.

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