Apple today announced the 16-inch MacBook Pro with a slightly bigger and higher resolution display, improved speakers, faster GPU, and scissor mechanism keyboard.
Compared to the outgoing 15.4-inch MacBook Pro, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is a massive upgrade in almost every department. The 16-inch Retina Display has a peak brightness level of 500 nits along with a slightly higher resolution. Apple has reduced the bezels surrounding the display instead of increasing the overall footprint of the machine. Apple says that it is individually calibrating every display for gamma, white point, and primary colors.
Apart from the bigger and brighter display, the new MacBook Pro comes with Apple’s new Magic Keyboard. This marks the beginning of what is hopefully Apple’s departure from its troubled and unreliable butterfly mechanism keyboard that is currently used across its other MacBooks.
The new keyboard has a slightly updated layout, with the Touchbar being slightly smaller and there being a physical Escape key. The arrow keys formation has also been changed and Apple is now following the “inverted T” format. Apple has also worked on improving the stability of the keycaps and made them slightly smaller to increase the space between the keys. Unlike the keyboard on the existing MacBook Pro, it is possible to simply replace one key on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Additionally, the new MacBook Pro comes with a 6-speaker setup which includes “force-canceling woofers.” The new sound system delivers a more natural and cleaner sound with deeper bass. Apple is also using new and improved microphones with noise cancellation which should now make them ideal for use in audio calls.
In terms of specifications, the new MacBook Pro still comes with Intel’s 9th gen Core i7 and i9 processors that were also found on the outgoing models. The processor options include 6-c0re and 8-core Core i9 CPU that can clock as high as 5GHz.
Apple has also worked on improving the thermal performance of the device. For this, the company has made the 16-inch MacBook Pro 0.7mm thicker than the outgoing model. It has also completely redesigned the thermal system which has led to a 35% increase in CPU heat sink and a 28% increase in airflow. This ensures that the new MacBook Pro is able to run for longer periods of time under heavy loads without thermal throttling.
Apple is now also offering the machine with AMD’s 7nm Navi Radeon Pro 5500M GPU with up to 8GB of GDDR6 RAM. The base model comes with AMD’s Radeon Pro 5300M though. Thanks to the new GPU, Apple claims video editors using DaVinci Resolve will see up to 1.8x improvement in color grading, while gamers will see 1.6x improvement in games like Fortnite.
The battery size of the 16-inch MacBook Pro has increased to 100Wh. This leads to a slight increase in battery life as Apple claims the machine offers 11 hours of wireless web browsing.
The base $2,400 MacBook Pro will ship with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage. However, higher-end models now ship with 1TB storage by default. One can also configure the 16-inch MacBook Pro with up to 64GB RAM and 8TB of storage.
Pricing for the new 16-inch MacBook Pro starts from $2,399 and goes on sale later today. It will be available in-store from later this week.