Rejoice, Apple fans, because the rumors were true: Apple has just launched the near-mythical 16-inch MacBook Pro. That means we finally know what it looks like, how fast it is and, most importantly, how much of a hole it’ll burn in your wallet.
We’ve rounded up all the news, specs and features, giving you all the info you need right here. If you’re interested in the 16-inch MacBook Pro, this is the place to be.
Price and release date
Original reports indicated Apple was targeting either a September or October release date for the new MacBook Pro, but they turned out to be wide of the mark. As it turns out, Apple launched the
The good news is that the
We know what you’re thinking: This is going to be expensive, right? Well, it actually costs the same as the MacBook Pro 15, which has now been phased out entirely. It seems Apple seems the
If you were to
A new keyboard
One of the biggest complaints and points of controversy about the Pro over the last few years has been the keyboard. The butterfly-switch keyboard has been present in every MacBook Pro since 2016, but fortunately it’s finally been ditched in place of what Apple calls the “Magic Keyboard”. Apple describes the new design as a “redesigned scissor mechanism” that’s quiet, stable, and comes with 1mm of travel. The company also states it contains a rubber dome “that stores more potential energy for a responsive key press.”
And that’s not even the full story of what Apple changed. The arrow keys have been restored to the “inverted T” shape of previous designs, which should make it easier to avoid mistakes when pressing the up or down arrow (on the butterfly keyboard, these keys were extremely small). As well as that, there’s now a physical Esc key — something that a small but vocal group of Apple users has been crying out for ever since the key was assimilated into the Touch Bar (which is present on both variants of the
All these changes suggest Apple really went back to the drawing board with the MacBook Pro’s keyboard, as users clearly weren’t satisfied with the butterfly design. That’s backed up by a statement from Apple, which explains the keyboard redesign involved “extensive research and user studies focused on human factors and key design.” Here’s hoping it’s a substantial improvement.
As well as all that, there’s now a separate Touch ID button to the right of the Touch Bar. Although previously this a physical key, it was attached to the Touch Bar. Presumably moving it a few millimeters to the right will make it easier to press and more obvious to spot.
A larger, higher-resolution display with slimline bezels
Some rumors had previously suggested the
It’s got a resolution of 3,072 x 1,920 and pixel density of 226ppi, both of which are the highest on any MacBook device. That means the screen packs in almost 6 million pixels into its frame, which should be great news for photographers, designers, and anyone who needs plenty of screen real estate.
Apple also says every panel is calibrated in the factory for optimal gamma levels, white point accuracy and primary colors, and the
And just look at the slimline bezels on the image above. It’s funny how cutting just a few millimeters from the black border can make such a huge difference, but it really does make the display feel that much bigger. It’s hugely noticeable — just look at the thick bezels on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 if you don’t believe us.
But thinner bezels aren’t just there for show. By paring them back, Apple has been able to squeeze a 16-inch display into a chassis that’s only marginally larger than the now-discontinued MacBook Pro 15. Where the MacBook Pro 15 measured 13.75 x 9.48 x 0.61 inches, the
Plenty of powerful specs — but no ARM chips yet
Rumors have been piling up that Apple is working on its own ARM-based chips for a future MacBook, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to see those. That’s because the
Still, they aren’t exactly weak. The entry-level
Graphics look just as promising, with AMD’s Navi GPU’s making an appearance for the first time in a MacBook. You’ll be able to choose between an AMD Radeon Pro 5300M or 5500M with 4GB of video memory, or a 5500M with 8GB of video RAM. Apple says this marks a substantial step up over the previous-generation MacBook Pro 15, with the entry-level
Elsewhere, you’ll be able to add up to 64GB of RAM — the most ever in a MacBook — which Apple says is faster than that in the previous version of the MacBook Pro. You can also outfit the laptop with a gargantuan 8TB SSD. That’s the largest SSD available in any laptop of any brand. Of course, upgrades like these don’t come cheap — the 64GB RAM upgrade costs $800, while the 8TB SSD is an eye-watering $2,400 on the entry-level
A massive battery, and much more
Just as impressive as the minimal increase in chassis size is the fact that Apple has managed to ramp up the battery capacity. Where the MacBook Pro 15 packed in a reasonable 83.6 watt-hour battery, the
Speaking of powerful internals, extra power means extra heat, and Apple says it’s tackled that issue too with a new thermal design. This brings with it a 28% increase in airflow, the company says, while the heat sink is 35% larger. The real world effect of this is that the
That’s all well and good, we hear you say, but what about the ports? Well, they remain untouched from the MacBook Pro 15, with four Thunderbolt 3 slots that can run at up to 40Gb/s on every
And while we’re on the topic of audio, the speakers and microphone have been improved on the
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