Apple has announced an all-new MacBook: the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Available to buy right now, it features a larger display, improved graphics, a bigger battery, and better speakers and microphones. However, the biggest change it brings is a totally refreshed keyboard.
The Magic Keyboard
- Redesigned scissor-switch mechanism
- Wider, shallower, clickier keys
- 1mm of travel
- Escape key at the top
- Discrete Touch ID button
- Smaller Touch Bar
In 2015, Apple began ditching the "scissor" mechanism below each key on the MacBook and releasing its laptops with flatter butterfly switches, as part of an effort to make them even thinner and lighter. However, users immediately criticised the design, claiming the keyboards could be easily damaged by something as simple as dust. Class action lawsuits were even filed against Apple.
Apple redesigned the original butterfly switches at least three times to address ongoing issues, and it even launched a free replacement programme. Now, it is totally conceding, by introducing a 16-inch MacBook Pro with wider, shallower, clickier keys and a redesigned scissor-switch mechanism. Apple's calls this new scissor-mechanism keyboard "The Magic Keyboard".
It's obviously based on the Magic Keyboards that have come with iMacs for years. And, like the MacBook Air, there's an Escape key at the top now, plus a Touch ID button. Each key not only gives you more travel now, too, but the key caps can be removed and replaced. There's still a Touch Bar, unfortunately. But it is smaller now. Perhaps Apple will keep minimising it until it's gone.
Other features and specs
- 16-inch 3,072x1,920-pixel display
- 2.6 GHz six-core Intel Core i7 or 2.3 GHz Intel Core i9 (up to an eight-core Core i9)
- 16GB DDR4 RAM (up to 64GB)
- AMD Radeon Pro 5300M or 5500M, 4GB GDDR6 memory (up to 8GB)
- 512GB SSD (up to 8TB)
- 100 watt-hour battery
The 16-inch Pro is about the same size as the 15-inch, weighing 4.3 pounds and coming in at 0.64 inches thick. The brightness reaches 500 nits, just like the previous 15-inch, and it has a DCI-P3 wide color gamut and a 3,072x1,920-pixel resolution. It also has smaller bezels. Other features include 11 hours of battery life during everyday use, a six-speaker array, and a three-microphone setup.
There's still four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and a headphone jack, too.
In terms of power, the graphics are better, thanks to new AMD Radeon Pro 5300M or 5500M chips. The 16-inch retains Intel's ninth-gen processors, even the same six-core Core i7 that the 15-inch featured. Finally, the base-model 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with 512GB of storage (but it goes up to 8TB SSD) and 16GB of RAM (goes up to 64GB of RAM).
Pricing and availability
Apple is selling the new 16-inch MacBook Pro in silver or space grey, with a starting price of $2,399 in the US and £2,399 in the UK. It replaces the 15-inch model.