Apple has launched its new 16-inch MacBook Pro, which replaces the existing 15-inch lineup. This is the first big upgrade to Apple’s MacBook Pro since the 2016 models, when the Touch Bar was introduced. Apart from the size, this marks the return of the scissor switch keyboard, which the company is calling the Magic Keyboard, thus replacing the problematic butterfly switch keyboard, for which Apple has faced a lot of criticism from consumers.
The new 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399 in the US and is priced at Rs 199,900 for the base variant in India. The 16-inch variant at Rs 199,900 comes with the core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. The 16-inch variant with core i9 processor, 16GB RAM and 1TB storage space will cost Rs 2,39,900 in the Indian market. The new MacBook Pro 16-inch will be made available across the country via Apple Authorised Resellers. Other key features of the MacBook Pro are a six-speaker sound system, longer battery life, Touch Bar, Touch ID, the Force Touch trackpad and the Apple T2 Security Chip.
The new MacBook Pro comes with up to 8-core processor, and options for up to 8TB of SSD storage, which is a first along with up to 64 GB RAM. However, the customisable storage and RAM options are not listed for the India versions. In US, both the 512GB and 1TB variants are customisable. The 512GB variant has 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB options, while the 1TB one has 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB SSD options.
Both the variants can be customised towards 32GB or 64GB of RAM, according to the Apple US website. Apple says the MacBook Pro is geared towards professionals which would explain the high-end specifications that it is offering. Key features of the new Magic Keyboard include the return of a physical Escape key and 1mm of key travel.
“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 Apple VP, Tom Boger in a statement.
Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro sports a resolution of 3072×1920 with a pixel density of 226 pixels-per-inch. The new models come with 6-core and 8-core Intel CPUs paired with up to 64GB of RAM. The base variant comes with a 2.6GHz 6‑core Intel Core i7 CPU, while the higher model comes with 2.3GHz 8‑core Intel Core i9 processor.
For graphics, both the variants come with AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics, which is the first 7nm mobile discrete GPUs for pro users. It is paired with GDDR6 video memory and with an 8GB VRAM option and Apple says this is to help pro users tackle GPU-intensive tasks faster than ever. The company claims that the new baseline GPUs offer up to 2.1 times faster graphics performance than the previous standard configuration, whereas, both the CPU and the GPU can now run at full speed for longer due to improved thermal performance.
Coming to the Magic Keyboard, it offers customers with a physical Escape key, an inverted T arrow key arrangement and a Touch Bar. The company states that the new keyboard features a rubber dome, which provides 1mm of key travel and a stable feel.
The new MacBook Pro comes with four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports and these include support for charging, Display Port, Thunderbolt (up to 40Gb/s) and USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s). The laptop has a 720p HD camera at the front. It comes with WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.
Regarding the audio, the new MacBook Pro has a high‑fidelity six‑speaker system with force‑cancelling woofers, wide stereo sound and support for Dolby Atmos playback. It comes with studio‑quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beam-forming. The new MacBook Pro has a 3.5 mm headphone jack as well.