New 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pros Feature 20% Brighter Displays

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models announced by Apple today feature 20% brighter displays for standard content, according to Apple.

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Apple's tech specs for the laptops indicate that all of the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models provide up to 600 nits of peak brightness for SDR content, which is a 20% increase over the 500 nits maximum on the previous models. For HDR content, all of the models can achieve peak brightness of up to 1,600 nits, which is unchanged.

"The Liquid Retina XDR display is the world's best laptop display, with an exceptional 1000 nits sustained and 1600 nits of peak brightness for HDR content, impressive contrast ratio, vivid colors, and an outstanding viewing angle," said Apple. "SDR content is now displayed at up to 600 nits, which is 20 percent brighter than before."

The new MacBook Pro models are available to order starting today, and they will begin arriving to customers and launch in stores on Tuesday, November 7. Read our MacBook Pro announcement coverage for more details about the laptops.

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Top Rated Comments

klasma Avatar
7 months ago
If only they could make Siri 20% brighter.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
perplx Avatar
7 months ago
This isn't a hardware feature, there are a bunch apps that can increase the SDR brightness. I use BetterDisplay to do 160%.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JamieLannister Avatar
7 months ago

I wonder if you guys actually use your displays at peak brightness...
I can't handle higher nits like up to 1600. I've seen HDR at full brightness it's way too bright. My personal perference but most would disagree.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JamieLannister Avatar
7 months ago
That's 20% more nits than the regular M1/M2? I read the same 1000 nits on the previous models though?

edit: I read wrong - SDR 500 nits vs 600 nits for the new.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mushy peas Avatar
7 months ago
Apple is straight up lying saying that 600nits is 20% brighter than 500 nits. That’s just not true as light does not increase linearly, but according to a power law.

It’s actually about 5% brighter, and it’s unlikely that anyone is a normally lit room could tell the difference between 500 and 600 nits.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
appleguy123 Avatar
7 months ago
How does this differ from the Vivid app? Is it new hardware?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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