Apple has finally released the long-rumored and long awaited 16” MacBook Pro.
For months now, we have been hearing rumors that there would be an October Apple Event where they would unveil the new MacBook Pro with a new design as a super high-end machine.
October has come and gone and there was no event, nor a new machine.
In a surprising move, Apple has released the 16” MacBook via a press release, and with early models being delivered to the press just a day before.
There are several surprises with this new device, all of them pleasant.
Firstly, the 16” MacBook Pro completely replaces the 15” MacBook Pro in their lineup, meaning there won’t be a choice between them.
To everyone’s delight, they kept the prices the same, starting price $2399, but actually increased the specs for the price.
Your starting spec 16” MacBook Pro has a 2.6Ghz 6 Core i7 (9th gen), 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, AMD 5300M 4GB GDDR6, and of course the new 16” 3072 x 1920 Retina display, all for $2399.
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They’ve even increased the top spec substantially, as it can be configured with a 2.4Ghz 8 Core i9, 64GB RAM, AMD 5500M 8GB GDDR6, and an astounding 8TB of SSD storage. This top spec will run you about $6099.
Aside from the spec increase, they’ve also listened to everyone’s complaints, and implemented a new keyboard. The scissor mechanism keyboard, dubbed “Magic Keyboard” is a reversion back to the old design, and is like the wireless keyboard they sell. Time will only tell if this keyboard is problem free, however things are looking promising.
The TouchBar is still there, but they’ve cut off the ends to include a physical Escape key and separated the TouchID power button to be on its own as well.
To the right and left of the keyboard is still the speaker grill, this time with 3 drivers on each side, specifically engineered to work together and cancel out any sort of chassis vibrations; first impressions appear to be very positive.
Apple has upgraded the built in microphones to a three microphone array that they say can completely replace a dedicated podcasting setup; we’ll see about that, but it’s good to see they have made improvements.
The webcam at the top of the screen remains exactly the same however, at 720p.
The bezels seem to have shrunken just a little bit to make room for the larger screen, but the footprint of the laptop is a bit larger as well, so it’s not quite edge to edge like some competitors.
They’ve also stuffed the largest possible battery they could in here, 100Wh, which is the largest you can take on a plane as a regular consumer and have included a 96W power brick to charge it.
Apple also says that the internals have been redesigned to better handle heat and cooling by 28%; which was a big criticism of last years 15” MacBook Pro. Fingers crossed that this will mean max performance for longer periods of time.
The 16” MacBook Pro is available for order right now, with shipments slated for November 18th.