MacBook Pro (2021) in 14- and 16-inch versions have been postponed in India and the laptops are now set to go on sale on Friday, October 29th. In addition to the new MacBook Pro models, Apple will have AirPods (3rd generation) available until October 29th. Both the MacBook Pro (2021) and AirPods (3rd generation) should originally be available in India on Tuesday, October 26th. Apple presented the new devices as significant upgrades to its previous offerings at Unleashed. virtual event last week.
Apple India’s website now carries a banner listing the 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) and 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021), which shows October 29th as the new availability date for the next generation models. Apple originally announced October 26th as the availability date for the new MacBook Pro models. A cached version of the Apple India site from last week also shows October 26th as the sale date.
Similar to the new MacBook Pro models, the Apple India site now shows October 29th as the sales date for AirPods (3rd generation). The new AirPods should originally also be available in the country from October 26th. A cached version of the AirPods (3rd generation) list on Apple India’s website shows that October 26th was the sale date in India until last week.
In addition to the Apple India website, IndiaiStore.com, the official website of Apple distributors Ingram Micro and Redington India, was displaying an “Coming Soon” banner for new MacBook Pro models and AirPods at the time of this submission.
Unlike India, the new MacBook Pro models and AirPods (3rd generation) will go on sale in the US on their original October 26th schedule.
Gadgets 360 reached out to Apple India for clarification on the delay in the availability of the MacBook Pro (2021) models and AirPods (3rd generation) in the country.
MacBook Pro (2021), AirPods (3rd Generation) Price in India
The price for the MacBook Pro (2021) in India starts at Rs. 1.94.900 for the 14 inch variant. The 16-inch model of the new MacBook Pro has a starting price of Rs. 2,39,900. The new MacBook Pro models start at $ 1,999 in the US.
The price for AirPods (3rd generation) in India is Rs. 18,500. In the US, the new AirPods are priced at $ 179 (around 13,400 rupees).
MacBook Pro (2021) specifications
The MacBook Pro (2021) is available in 14- and 16-inch display options, and both feature Apple’s Liquid Retina XDR display, which is powered by mini-LED technology. The displays on the new MacBook Pro laptops deliver an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz using the company’s proprietary ProMotion technology previously available on the iPad Pro models. Under the hood, both MacBook Pro (2021) models can be equipped with the new M1 Pro or M1 Max chips, which contain up to 10-core CPUs and up to 32-core GPUs.
Apple has also tweaked the design of the new MacBook Pro models with a notch at the top of the display. It removed the Touch Bar from the new models and added an SDXC card slot and an HDMI port. The new models now contain physical function keys and a wider escape key instead of the Touch Bar.
The MacBook Pro (2021) models run out-of-the-box on macOS Monterey. The new macOS operating system, which is now also available for older models, brings an improved user experience to the new MacBook Pro. It includes features like AirPlay for Mac, Live Text and Visual Lookup, and an updated Safari browser.
AirPods (3rd generation) specifications
The AirPods (3rd generation) come in a design that is similar to the AirPods Pro. There are smaller stems over the existing AirPods, along with a force sensor for pressure control. The new AirPods also offer support for Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio in Apple Music. Additionally, there is Adaptive EQ support to adjust the sound based on how the earbuds sit in the user’s ear.
Apple claims that the AirPods (3rd generation) offer an additional hour of battery life over the previous generation, with up to six hours of listening time and up to four hours of talk time. The new model also includes a charging case that supports Apple’s MagSafe protocol. The included case should extend the battery life to a total of 30 hours.