Apple usually loves to make a production out of new hardware announcements, at least hardware that’s significant and important. So while the rumors have been that the company was going to introduce the new 16-inch MacBook Pro soon. It comes as a surprise that they sort of unceremoniously dropped the announcement out of nowhere.
We’ve been expecting the 16-inch MacBook Pro to land soon and now that it’s finally here this is what Apple made. The first thing to talk about is the new “Magic Keyboard.” For the past few years, users have been fairly vocal about their distaste for the new Apple keyboards. Now, it seems the company has changed and improved the keyboard on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The new keyboard has a redesigned scissor mechanism and 1mm travel which is huge and gives you a better tactile feel. I know I was sad when the old keyboards were retired in favor of the clacky and crappy ones of the past few years.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro also includes a six-speaker sound system, longer battery life, Touch Bar, Touch ID, the Force Touch trackpad and the Apple T2 Security Chip. It’s also sporting a 16-inch Retina Display, the latest 8-core processors, up to 64GB of memory, next-generation graphics with up to 8GB of VRAM and a new advanced thermal design.
“Our pro customers tell us they want their next MacBook Pro to have a larger display, blazing-fast performance, the biggest battery possible, the best notebook keyboard ever, awesome speakers and massive amounts of storage, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro delivers all of that and more,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing. “With its brilliant 16-inch Retina display, 8-core processors, next-gen pro graphics, even better thermal design, new Magic Keyboard, six-speaker sound system, 100Wh battery, up to 8TB of storage and 64GB of fast memory, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the world’s best pro notebook.”Apple
The display gives you a great 500 nits of brightness as well as a P3 wide color gamut and has a resolution of 3072×1920 with 226ppi. Apple is also touting its new thermal design work on the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro uses the most advanced thermal architecture ever in a Mac notebook to enable the system to run at higher power for sustained periods of time. The sophisticated fan design features a larger impeller with extended blades along with bigger vents, resulting in a 28 percent increase in airflow, while the heat sink is 35 percent larger, enabling significantly more heat dissipation than before. Together, these advancements in cooling capacity allow the 16-inch MacBook Pro to sustain up to 12 more watts during intensive workloads than the previous design.Apple
Of course, you’re going to get the latest Intel processors, an Intel Core i7 and i9 respectfully. You’ll get AMD Radeon Pro graphics and you’ll be able to spec the crap out of this thing with RAM hitting 64GB and storage all the way to 8TB. The speakers have also been improved with a new six-speaker system. Be sure to check out Apple’s full press release for more info on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. They start at US$2,399 and you can max these things out at much more of a cost than that.