Apple has presented new versions of its MacBook Pro laptops. This 16″ laptop will replace the 15″ versions released last year. The new MacBook Pro has a larger screen, a new keyboard, new CPUs and better speakers.
Apple provides the new MacBook Pro with a Retina display with a resolution of 3072×1920 pixels with a pixel density of 226ppi. The screen achieves a peak brightness of 500cd/m², although HDR is not supported. Furthermore, the screen of the new laptop supports an undisclosed percentage of the dci-p3 color space and the maximum refresh rate is 60Hz. The size of the new MacBook Pro almost matches that of last year’s edition. That version had a screen diagonal of 15 “, which in view of the slightly larger screen means that Apple has reduced the screen edges with the new version.
The company refers to the keyboards with the term Magic Keyboard, a reference to the existing wireless Magic Keyboard sold with the iMac Pro. The keyboard of the same name on the new MacBook Pro has a modified design of the scissor mechanism with keys that have a travel of 1 mm. Apple laptops of recent years have many problems with the Butterfly keyboard that the manufacturer developed itself. The company has therefore fallen back on scissor switches in combination with a rubber dome with the new MacBook Pro. Furthermore, the keyboard is backlit and the Touch Bar, Touch ID and a Force Touch trackpad are present. The Touch Bar is smaller, so there is room for a separate Esc key and Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
The manufacturer says the design of the new laptop has been modified to improve heat dissipation. For example, there would be larger fans with blades with a renewed design, the cooling has more cooling fins and there are larger holes in the housing to better blow the warm air out of the device. In addition, according to Apple, the heatsink is 35 percent larger than with the previous edition of the laptop. All of this should result in a 28 percent improvement in airflow and allow for the delivery of an additional 12 watts of maximum constant power.
Apple gives the entry-level model a ninth-generation Intel Core i7 hexacore clocked at 2.6GHz, while the top model gets a 2.3GHz Intel i9 CPU with eight cores. The i7 has a turbo up to 4.5GHz and the i9 goes up to 4.8GHz. Incidentally, a MacBook Pro can also be configured with an i9 octacore at 2.4GHz with a turbo boost of 5.0GHz.
In terms of graphics performance, both models again have an AMD GPU. The Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB is available for the least expensive variant of the 16″ MacBook Pro, while the more expensive variant is equipped with a Radeon Pro 5500M with 4 or 8GB. In both cases, it is about GDDR6 memory. models also have the Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU via the CPU and the cheaper version can also be equipped with the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M.
Both models have 16GB DDR4 memory on board with a speed of 2666MHz, which can be expanded up to 64GB. The cheaper version gets an SSD with a capacity of 512GB, while the more expensive version has a 1TB SSD. There is support for a total of 8TB storage space.
The new MacBook Pro has a design with six speakers and has four Thunderbolt 3 connections and a 100Wh battery. Because of the latter, a scenario of 11 hours of watching movies or wireless internet should be possible. The MacBook Pro measures 1.62×35.79×24.59cm and weighs 2kg. The cheapest version costs 2699 euros and the more expensive version has a price tag of 3199 euros. Both versions will be available from November 25.