Apple 2021 MacBook Pros boast improved bass, better mics

The company claims the new MacBook Pros have "the best audio system in a notebook."

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Apple says its new MacBook Pro models feature "the best audio system in a notebook" with better microphones and improved bass.  

Both the 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro feature a six-speaker sound system with 80% more bass. The speakers include two, larger tweeters and four force-canceling woofers that Apple says can go half an octave (or "so la ti do") deeper than before.

The MacBooks include "studio-quality" mics that have a 60% better signal-to-noise ratio than before, which should mean clearer Zoom calls in particular.

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The new sound system also supports Apple's spatial audio for watching movies and listening to Apple Music , as do other Apple products, including the iPad and the new AirPods 3.

The new laptops have M1 Pro and M1 Max chips and a Liquid Retina XDR display. The 14-inch laptop starts at $1,999 (£1,899, AU$2,999) while the 16-inch version will retail for $2,499 (£2,399, AU$3,749). 

This is a developing story. See all of the announcements from Apple's Unleashed event on Monday.