Apple Releases the 16-inch MacBook Pro

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Yesterday, Apple officially released its widely-expected 16-inch MacBook Pro. The all-new laptop features an immersive 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 brand new advanced thermal design.

The new 16-inch laptop also features a new Magic Keyboard with a redesigned scissor mechanism and 1mm travel for a more satisfying key feel, delivering the best typing experience ever in a Mac notebook.

In addition, the 16-inch MacBook Pro includes a six-speaker sound system, longer battery life, Touch Bar, Touch ID, Force Touch trackpad, and Apple T2 Security Chip.

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.”

Largest Retina Notebook Display Ever

Apple users love the brilliant 500 nit, P3 wide color gamut Retina display on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The innovative display features a resolution of 3072×1920 and a higher pixel density of 226 ppi, delivering nearly 6 million pixels and an even more immersive front-of-screen experience. Each MacBook Pro display is individually calibrated for accurate gamma, white point, and primary colors.

New Magic Keyboard

The new MacBook Pro includes a new Magic Keyboard with a refined scissor mechanism that delivers 1mm of key travel and a stable key feel, as well as an Apple-designed rubber dome that stores more potential energy for a responsive key press. The 16-inch MacBook Pro incorporates the extensive research and user studies focused on human factors and key design, delivering a keyboard with a comfortable, satisfying and quiet typing experience. Additionally, the new Magic Keyboard features a physical Escape key and an inverted -“T” arrangement for the arrow keys, together with Touch Bar and Touch ID.

More Advanced Thermal Design

The 16-inch MacBook Pro uses the most advanced thermal architecture ever in a Mac notebook, enabling the system to run at higher power for sustained periods of time. The sophisticated fan design includes a larger impeller with extended blades along with bigger vents, resulting in a 28% increase in airflow, while the heat sink is 35% larger, enabling significantly more heat dissipation than before. All these improvements in cooling capacity let the 16-inch laptop sustain up to 12 more watts during intensive workloads than the previous design.

Powerful Processors and Faster Memory

No matter if it is compiling code, editing multi-cam video or doing 3D animation, MacBook Pro users need pro-level power they can take on the go. To deliver blazing fast performance, the 16-inch MacBook Pro features the latest 6- and 8-core 9th-generation processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, delivering up to 2.1 times faster performance than the quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro. Its powerful CPUs, combined with faster memory up to 64GB for the first time, and its more advanced thermal design enables the pro workflows as never before.

When compared to the fastest quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro:

  • Music producers can play back massive multi-track projects with up to 2.1 times more Amp Designer plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
  • Scientists and researchers will benefit from 2.1 times faster simulation of dynamical systems in MATLAB.
  • Developers using Xcode can compile code up to 1.8 times faster.
  • Photographers can apply complex edits to photographs 1.7 times faster in Photoshop. 

Next-Generation Graphics

The 16-inch laptop includes new AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics — the first 7nm mobile discrete GPUs for pro users. Paired with GDDR6 video memory and with an 8GB VRAM option for the first time, pro users will be able to tackle GPU-intensive tasks much faster. Users who choose the standard configuration will see 2.1 times faster graphics performance than the previous standard configuration. Those who opt for the highest-end graphics options will see up to 80% faster performance than the previous high-end configuration.

When compared to the previous-generation 8-core 15-inch MacBook Pro with the highest graphics options:

  • Video editors using DaVinci Resolve will see up to 1.8 times faster effects rendering when color grading.
  • Gamers will enjoy smoother gameplay with up to 1.6 times faster performance in games like Fortnite.
  • In Unity, developers will experience 1.4 times faster fly-through performance during game development.

To power the performance, the 16-inch MacBook Pro features a 100Wh battery — the largest ever in a Mac notebook — for an additional hour of battery life of up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing or Apple TV app video playback.

First 8TB Notebook

For pros with massive asset libraries and large projects that need even more storage, the new MacBook Pro doubles the SSD storage to 512GB and 1TB on standard configurations. And for the first time, MacBook Pro can be configured with a staggering 8TB of storage — the largest SSD ever in a notebook.

Higher Fidelity Audio Experience

The 16-inch MacBook Pro features a fully redesigned six-speaker, high-fidelity sound system designed to bring musicians, podcasters and video editors the most advanced audio experience. New Apple-patented force-canceling woofers use dual opposed speaker drivers to reduce unwanted vibrations that distort sound. As a result, music sounds more clear and natural than ever before, and the bass can go half an octave deeper. An upgraded high-performance mic array delivers a 40% reduction in hiss and an improved signal-to-noise ratio that rivals that of popular professional-grade digital microphones, delivering super-clean recordings that capture even the quietest details.

macOS, Designed for Pros

Pro users love the power, reliability and productivity built into macOS — designed to take full advantage of Mac hardware, deliver robust features with the highest possible performance and work seamlessly with other Apple devices. Dark Mode highlights pro content while controls recede into the background on the Mac’s stunning Retina display. The Sidecar feature in macOS Catalina, lets users leverage iPad as a second display or as a high-precision tablet input device using Apple Pencil. Files on macOS can be quickly browsed with visuals and easy access to metadata with Gallery View in Finder. Along with a robust ecosystem of third-party apps and devices, macOS includes Apple apps like Safari, Mail, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, and supports high-performance apps like Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X and Xcode.

Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

Yesterday, Apple also announced that the all-new Mac Pro desktop, and Apple Pro Display XDR will be available next month. Designed for maximum performance, expansion and configurability, Mac Pro features workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with a massive 1.5TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring the world’s most powerful graphics card. Pro Display XDR features a 32-inch Retina 6K display with P3 wide and 10-bit color, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and a superwide viewing angle.

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