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Apple's first 16-inch MacBook Pro (Late-2019) made its debut on November 13th, 2019 as the successor to the company's ever-popular line of 15-inch MacBook Pros. Among its most highly-touted features are a new Magic Keyboard, Intel's 9th-generation Coffee Lake processors with up to 8 cores, next-gen AMD Pro 5000M Series graphics with up to 8GB of VRAM, higher fidelity audio, an additional hour of battery time, double the max storage to 8TB SSDs, a more advanced thermal design, and the largest Retina notebook display ever.

A new Magic Keyboard

Incorporating improvements that were first developed for iMac Pro's Magic Keyboard, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro marks the debut of a new Apple keyboard that was specifically designed in response to  three years of complaints about the butterfly keyboard first seen in the 12-inch MacBook and migrated to the MacBook Pro in 2016. User issues ranged from an unpleasant typing experience, to issues with reliability.

 

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro Magic Keyboard also brings back a physical escape key, rather than it being a virtual button in the Touch Bar. 

The arrow keys have also been redesigned, with an "Inverted T" arrangement, but in a slightly unexpected configuration. Previously the four arrows took up the space of three full-size keys, with full-size left and right arrows and half-height up and down versions.

In the new arrangement, all four keys are half-height, but with added space above the left and right keys to more distinctly mark out the region where the arrow keys are located. This should make it easier to press the keys while minimizing accidental fumbles with the shift key above.

The key actuation on the 16-inch MacBook Pro is punctuated by a soft click, most similar to the mid-2019 noise versus any other, if a bit quieter. If you press slowly, you can feel where the click is on the new computer, before hitting the bottom of the chamber. Gone is the clackety-clack of the original 2016 MacBook Pro keyboard, and you'll never mistake this keyboard for a desktop mechanical model.

Largest Retina Notebook Display Ever

A super-slim bezel wraps the 16-inch MacBook Pros's massive new 3072x1920, 500 nits of brightness, P3 wide color gamut Retina Display. At a pixel density of 226 ppi, the 16-inch Retina display delivers nearly 6 million pixels and is individually calibrated in the factory for accurate gamma, white point, and primary colors.

The updates Apple has made to the 16-inch MacBook Pro goes far beyond a simple display increase. Even though the size is barely half an inch larger on the diagonal, the extra spare is almost certainly going to be welcomed by users. So too will the higher resolution.

9th-gen Intel Coffee Lake Processors

There is a considerable improvement versus the last year's model in the multi-core score, with the new MacBook Pro beating the 2018 one despite being 2.3GHz compared to our test machine's 2.9GHz. 

The 16-inch MacBook Pro's brawn is driven by Intel's latest 6- and 8-core 9th-generation Coffee Lake processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz. According to Apple's own test, these new chips deliver up to 2.1 times faster performance than the quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro.

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

Music producers can play 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.

AMD Radeon Pro 5000M Series Graphics

On the graphics end, the 16-inch MacBook Pro packs AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series -- the first 7nm mobile discrete GPUs for pro users -- with GDDR6 video memory and with up to 8GB VRAM. Compared to the baseline 15-inch MacBook Pro it replaces, the new base configuration of the 16-inch MacBook Pro will 2.1 times faster graphics performance while the highest-end configuration will see up to 80 percent faster performance.

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.

Better Battery Life, More Storage, Thermals

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

In other firsts, the 16-inch MacBook Pro can be configured up to an 8TB Solid State Drive (SSD), perfect for professionals who work in video or audio production.

In addition to more storage, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro got an overhaul to its sound system, boasting Dolby Atmos audio playback via a newly design high-fidelity six-speaker system with force-canceling woofers.

It also features what Apple calls the "most advanced thermal architecture ever in a Mac notebook." A new 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, the company says.

Additonal Features

Other, smaller upgrades have been made to the system as well. It's worth noting that Apple now includes a 96W USB-C power brick to help keep this powerhouse charged. Not only does it charge the Mac quickly, as USB-C becomes more ubiquitous, but it can also be used to charge up other devices, such as the iPad Pro.

Pricing

16-inch MacBook Pro pricing arrives at exactly the same price points as its 15-inch predecessor, starting at $2399.

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