The sale of MacBook Pro (2021) models of both 14- and 16-inch versions has been postponed to October 29, Friday in India. Airpods (3rd generation) also begin to be available on the same day. The latest MacBook Pro and AirPods that were revealed in a virtual event last week were earlier scheduled to be available from October 26.
Apple India posted a banner stating that the 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) and 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) will hit the market on October 29. The same applies to AirPods (3rd generation) whose sale has also been delayed, as the official website of Apple Ingram Micro and Redington India distributors has flashed “soon” at this point.
However, the new MacBook Pro and AirPods models will go on sale from October 26 in the US according to the original schedule.
MacBook Pro (2021) specifications
Both 14-inch and 16-inch models feature Apple’s Liquid Retina XDR display, which is powered by mini-LED technology. Both models can be equipped with the new M1 Pro or M1 Max chipset that includes up to 10 CPU cores and up to 32 GPU cores. New Pro models come with an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate using the proprietary ProMotion technology previously available on iPad Pro models.
The new Pro model does not have a Touch Bar but does have an SDXC card slot and an HDMI port. There are physical function keys in place of the Touch Bar along with a wider Escape key.
The devices use the off-the-shelf macOS Monterey that provides an enhanced user experience for the new MacBook Pro and includes features like AirPlay on Mac, Live Text and Visual Lookup, as well as an updated Safari browser.
AirPods (3rd generation) specifications
The new AirPods look like AirPods Pro but have smaller stems and a force sensor to control pressure. They include Dolby Atmos, spatial audio in Apple Music, and Adaptive EQ support to customize music playback based on how the earbuds fit a user’s ear.
The company claims it has an extra hour of battery life compared to previous models, 6 hours of listening, and 4 hours of talk time. The charging kit supports Apple’s MagSafe protocol. The bundled case extends battery life up to 30 hours on a full charge.
MacBook Pro (2021), AirPods (3rd generation) price in India
The price of the MacBook Pro (2021) starts at Rs. 194900 for the 14-inch variant. The 16-inch model carries a starting price of Rs. 2,39,900. In the US it starts at $1,999 (about 1,50,100 rupees).
AirPods (3rd generation) have been priced in India at Rs. 18,500 while in the US, the new AirPods come in at $179 (around 13,400 rupees).