16-inch MacBook Pro
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Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro is the company's high-end professional notebook, replacing the 15-inch MacBook Pro that was first introduced in January 2006. In addition to the largest ever Retina display on a Mac notebook, it also has a redesigned Magic Keyboard, 9th-generation Intel processors with up to 8 cores, an additional hour of battery life, AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics, and superior sound at the same costs as the outgoing 15-inch MacBook Pro.
● 3072x1920 16-inch Retina Display
● Magic Keyboard
● 9th-gen Intel Coffee Lake Processors
● New Thermal Footprint
● AMD Radeon Pro 5000M Series Graphics
● 11 Hours of Battery Life
● Up to 8TB SSD Storage
● Starts at $2,399
Apple's first 16-inch MacBook Pro 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.
Apple has begun rolling out Macs with custom Apple Silicon. While the M1 processor or a more powerful variant has not debuted in the largest MacBook, it is assumed Apple willl refresh the line in 2021.
16-inch MacBook Pro Pricing
The 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399 for a version with a 2.6GHz six-Core processor and 512GB of storage. A model with a 2.3GHz eight-core processor and 1TB SSD costs $2,799. Apple also offers additional custom configurations with various pricing.
16-inch MacBook Pro Features
Incorporating improvements first developed for the iMac Pro's standalone Magic Keyboard, the updated 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 Magic Keyboard also brings back a physical escape key, rather than its being a virtual button in the Touch Bar. Apple also redesigned the arrow keys, now with an inverted-T arrangement. Previously, the four arrows took up the space of three full-sized keys, with full left and right arrows and half-height up and down versions.
In the Magic Keyboard, 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 Magic Keyboard is punctuated by a soft click, most similar to the mid-2019 noise (if a bit quieter) versus any other MacBook keyboard. If you press slowly on the new keyboard, you can feel where the click is 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.
The return of the Touch Bar means the return of Touch ID and the Secure Enclave. Touch ID functionality has not changed and is placed in the sleep-wake button next to the Touch Bar at the top right.
Largest Retina Notebook Display Ever
A super-slim bezel wraps the massive new P3 wide color gamut Retina Display. At a pixel density of 226 ppi and a resolution of 3,072 x 1,920, 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, while also producing 500 nits of brightness.
Apple's updates to this display go far beyond a simple display increase. Even though the size is barely half an inch larger on the diagonal, the extra space is welcomed by users. So too is the higher resolution.
9th-gen Intel Coffee Lake Processors
The 16-inch MacBook Pro draws its power from Intel's 6-core 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.
There is a considerable improvement versus the previous year's 15-inch model in the multi-core score, with the new MacBook Pro beating the 2018 model despite being 2.3GHz compared to our test machine's 2.9GHz.
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.
This will likely be the last Intel generation as Apple brings the M-series processor to more of its Mac lineup. The M1 used in the 13-inch MacBook Pro is able to rival even the most powerful configurations of Intel-based MacBooks.
AMD Radeon Pro 5000M Series Graphics
On the graphics end, the MacBook Pro uses 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 will be 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.
On June 15, Apple announced a new configuration with the AMD Radeon 5600M series chipset. It costs $700 more than the base model while offering a 75% performance boost.
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, it can be configured with up to an 8TB solid-state drive (SSD), perfect for professionals who work in video or audio production.
In addition to more storage, Apple gave the sound system in its biggest laptop an overhaul, boasting Dolby Atmos audio playback via a newly designed high-fidelity six-speaker system with force-canceling woofers.
It also has what Apple calls the "most advanced thermal architecture ever in a Mac notebook." A new fan design uses 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.
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. It charges the Mac quickly, and as USB-C becomes more ubiquitous, it can also be used to charge up other devices, such as the iPad Pro.
Common 16-inch MacBook Pro questions
When will Apple update the 16-inch MacBook Pro?
Apple first released the 16-inch MacBook Pro in November 2019 with a bigger screen and scissor-switch keyboard. Apple began updating its Mac lineup with Apple Silicon processors in November 2020, though the 16-inch MacBook Pro was not part of that initial round of upgraded Macs.
How do you factory reset a 16-inch MacBook Pro?
If you want to set up your 16-inch MacBook Pro from factory defaults or sell it to someone, you'll want to perform a factory reset.
- Back up your Mac.
- Sign out of TV, Music, Messages, iCloud, the App Store, and FileVault.
- Restart the Mac, hold down CMD+R until you see the Apple logo.
- Click Disk Utility, then Continue, then Startup Disk.
- Select the Internal drive running macOS, likely Macintosh HD. Select edit, then choose Delete APFS Volume.
How big is the 16-inch MacBook Pro— size and weight?
- Height: 0.64 inches
- Width: 14.09 inches
- Depth: 9.68 inches
- Weight: 4.3 pounds
How much does the 16-inch MacBook Pro cost?
16-inch MacBook Pro prices start at $2,399 and max out at $6,699 depending on the selected configuration.