I have been using the new MacBook Pro 16 with the M1 Pro for two months and found problems. This was not the case for the 2018 model.

In mid-February, in a techno panic, I picked up a 2021 MacBook Pro (our reviews of the 14″ and 16″ versions) from the Apple store. Now I have a version with a 16-inch screen, M1 Pro processor, 16 GB of memory and 1 TB of storage.

Prior to this, I used a 2018 MacBook Pro with a 15-inch screen, an Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB of memory and 256 GB of storage for two years.

First he wrote impressions about the first MacBook in his life, then said goodbye to him.

It turned out such a mini-review of the bumps of the premium Apple laptop.

In two months, unexpected problems of a loud gadget were found, which even in the USA now cannot be obtained. Some of the shortcomings are associated with mini-LED, others with macOS, and it’s very difficult to come to terms with something.

Speaker crackling is real

We recently got news about this.

From time to time, the reproduced sound from absolutely any source, be it music, podcast, YouTube, movie or game, is interrupted for a moment by a nasty crack, like a rough high-pitched wheeze. The only pattern that I noticed is that the bug is accompanied by a microfreeze of the system at high load.

At first I thought it was a raw software issue with the new processor, but so far macOS updates haven’t helped.

One reddit user moved from the M1 Max model to the M1 Pro, but the creaking did not disappear.

In the same thread, he advised end the process coreaudiod in Activity Monitor but another comment declaresthat this method has a placebo effect, because the problem lies in the macOS kernel.

The probability of marriage at the level of iron is also not confirmed. Third user helped reboot in safe mode, but only for a day.

Topic on the Apple forum so far scored 4 pages, but it is already clear that it is becoming mass.

One user claims that all of her multiple 2021 MacBook Pro 16s have this sound.

Some advise to change the frequency to change the sound format in the Audio-MIDI application from 48,000 Hz to 44,100 Hz. I tried it, I’ll follow the result. But, since there is no official comment from Apple yet, this is unlikely to be solved. So simply.

Ironically, even at a frequency of 48,000 Hz, I can’t catch this crackle on a voice recorder for a whole day. If it comes across, I’ll add the text.

Quirky screen but I like it


On the left is the screen of the iPhone 13 Pro, on the right is the MacBook Pro 2021. The brightness of the laptop at 1600 nits allows you to show colors where the 1200 nits of the iPhone give up

Apple has done a lot of work on the next generation of displays.

Mini-LED technology debuted in a $5,000 monitor, appeared in the iPad Pro, and made its way to the MacBook Pro, making this aspect one of the laptop’s best sellers along with energy efficiency and silent cooling.

The display delights me every day, although nitpicking appeared in two and a half months.

glow noticeably stronger. It is. Apple writes for a reason that the screen contrast is 1,000,000 : 1, and not two million, like the iPhone.

Appears in images with a sharp transition of light and dark, for example, when editing HDR content, editing and dark photos at high brightness. Moreover, if you look directly at the screen, it is not so visible. With peripheral vision, halos around bright images are thrown straight ahead.

This will only really get in the way if you need to apply a filigree glow effect to elements, but I have not had such situations yet.

On the left is normal brightness, on the right is +50 in the editor. The glow is visible in the dark and peripheral vision

On the left is normal brightness, on the right is +50 in the editor. The glow is visible in the dark and peripheral vision

Mercanie appears when the screen changes from SDR mode to HDR. The brightness of the space in which 10-bit video is not shown is “rebuilt”, you can see how it gradually becomes smaller. The same thing happens when you close the video.

Although the effect is noticeable, it is not disturbing, because it happens in an understandable scenario and lasts less than a second.

Vignetting around the perimeter confuses my vision.

It seems to be there, but very weak and only in a bright and light image. It seems that the local mini-LED zones stop shining somewhere in a couple of millimeters from the edge, and the residual diffused light reaches the borders.


The subtle shading along the left side is especially visible, but it is uniform around the entire perimeter.

Record brightness impressive, but played a cruel joke on me. I recently edited a video in HDR mode, and kindly tweaked the brightness of one element.

On a laptop, its color was preserved, but when exported and then viewed on a smartphone in the same HDR mode, which has a lower peak brightness, the letters became just white.

About bangs I don’t want to say anything. When it disappears, I will exhale deeply, but for now I try to ignore this greasy spot on my desktop.

These are all small features of the screen that you can get used to. If you notice at home, do not be afraid and just take the monitor for granted.

On a positive note, there is no more light leakage in the dark around the perimeter, as seen with the 2018 MBP 15″.

A strange macOS bug has appeared

I have heard many times how smoothly Apple’s transition from x86 architecture to arm goes, and I can subscribe to almost every word. I really have almost no problems installing software. I’ll talk about the smaller ones below.

But there are some small moments that I did not expect at all.

I really like the function of previewing images by clicking on Space. With it, it is convenient to choose successful shots, create a library for publications, view photos, because the application A photo do not use.

But on the 2021 MacBook Pro, the window breaks every couple of days.

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Instructions on how to fix the bug

Instead of a full-fledged image or video, a small preview appears in full screen. At first, rebooting helped, but there is a faster way.

If you encounter this problem, open System monitoringin the search enter Quick (possible with a small one), find the process QuickLookUIService (Finder)click on it, click To completeand then Force Quit.

The problem returns from time to time in an unknown scenario, although it never happened on the 2018 MacBook Pro.

How heavy is he

MacBook Pro 16-inch 2021 is the largest and heaviest laptop in the last 8 years. With weight 2.1 kg it is 100 grams heavier than the 2019 model (2kg) and 270 grams heavier than my last 2018 laptop (1.83kg).

Interestingly, the power supply is lighter. The 140W version weighs 277 grams, while the 87W model weighs 318 grams. Thanks to the new GaN gallium nitride technology. According to rumors, a 30W version will be released soon with it.

But the lighter block does not make much difference, my back became even harder. And this despite the fact that the past load seemed to be a record.

We have to move even more carefully, because it is more difficult to cope with a heavier body. And also now, due to the weight of the lid, it constantly leans backwhen I put my laptop on the surface.


Absolutely no one would resent another slot in this thick case

angrythat in such a fat case there was no place for a connector USB-A. I understand that we are looking forward to the future, but I use hard drives, flash drives and wires with this standard all the time.

The boxier silhouette made it harder to lift the MacBook Pro off the table, and people were complaining en masse in front of me. Any way out is to pry it under the cooling slot.

And this leads to the last negative facets laptop.

Not so convenient without symmetrical charging

The essence of the problem in one sentence: before, I almost did not depend on the position of the sockets. The length of the wire was enough, albeit with a stretch.

Now it happens when the complete (braided and very pleasant) cable is shortened to the length of the laptop, because it has to be thrown from behind. Now I’m thinking of buying a compatible one. extension.

But the MagSafe connector is incredibly practical. No more push-and-pull. He lifted the metal plate and went.

I have no complaints about the issue of autonomy. Yes, when editing and processing, the power of the chip squeezes out all the juice in 3-4 hours (which is also a lot), but when working with text, watching YouTube, and especially when playing movies, the laptop breaks space records.

When under heavy load, I plug in the adapter and the current goes to the processor, bypassing the battery. To save even more battery health, I keep it at 70% with the help of the program Al Dente.

Big friend with little flaws

In general, of course, I am satisfied with the laptop. There is nothing that would make me indignant and say “and for this they asked for 250 thousand?”. After testing a dozen other models, I understand that an advanced screen, quietness, power and almost flawless software work in a single bundle are worth a lot.

The sound of the speakers sometimes crackles, this is a frank mess, and the USB-A port is angrily lacking. That’s all there is to this claim.

For me personally, it has not worked out its heavy price tag yet, because the 2021 MBP does absolutely everything the same as the 2018 model. Only faster, smoother, and more enjoyable to watch.

The downgrade from 32 GB to 16 GB of RAM is felt. It happens that I literally grope for the limit of open tabs and running programs. But it doesn’t feel like a jump from 256GB to 1TB. If the RAM slows down, it’s enough to close a couple of tabs, but when the swap on the SSD ended earlier, there was little that could be done.

So I advise everyone who wants to keep the equipment longer to invest in storage, and not in the processor, they are now even in the basic version in full order.

And I also suggest thinking a few times whether you really need such a giant. For me, the screen size played a decisive role because of the vision, because the glasses are getting smaller.

And if Apple releases a potential 15-inch MacBook Air a pound lighter, I’ll give it some serious thought about sticking with the current model. You have to stretch your back more and more.

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