Apple's newest MacBook Pro has a 16" Retina Display, the latest 8-core processors, up to 64GB of memory, next-generation graphics with up to 8GB VRAM, and a new advanced thermal design.
Designed for developers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists, music producers, and other professionals, it also includes a new Magic Keyboard with a redesigned scissor mechanism and 1mm travel that Apple says provides a more satisfying key feel. Also included is a six-speaker sound system, longer battery life, Touch Bar, Touch ID, the Force Touch trackpad, and the Apple T2 Security Chip.
The 16" 500 nit, P3 wide colour gamut Retina display, the largest Retina notebook display ever, features a resolution of 3,072 x 1,920 and a higher pixel density of 226 ppi, delivering nearly 6 million pixels. Each display is individually calibrated in the factory for accurate gamma, white point, and primary colours.
Also part of the new Magic Keyboard is an Apple-designed rubber dome that stores more potential energy for a responsive key press. Quiet when typing, the new keyboard also features a physical Escape key and an inverted-"T" arrangement for the arrow keys, along with Touch Bar and Touch ID.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro uses the most advanced thermal architecture ever in a Mac notebook to enable the system to run at higher power for sustained periods of time. The sophisticated fan design features 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. 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 latest 6- and 8-core 9th-generation processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 5GHz, which deliver up to 2.1 times faster performance than the quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro features 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 faster than ever, says Apple. Customers 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.
To power all this performance, 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.
For pros with massive asset libraries and large projects that need even more storage in a notebook, 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 8TB of storage - the largest SSD ever in a notebook.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro introduces a redesigned six-speaker, high-fidelity sound system designed to bring musicians, podcasters, and video editors an advanced audio experience. New Apple-patented force-cancelling woofers use dual opposed speaker drivers to reduce unwanted vibrations that distort sound. As a result, music sounds clearer and more natural, Apple claims, 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 clean recordings that capture even the quietest details.
The MacBook comes with the macOS, including Dark Mode, Sidecar for leveraging iPad as a second display or a tablet input device using Apple Pencil, Gallery View in Finder, third-party apps, and Apple apps like Safari, Mail, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. It also supports high-performance apps like Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, and Xcode.
The 16" MacBook Pro starts at $2,999 and will be available in Canada later this week, with additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options, and accessories available online.
In related news, Apple announced that the new Mac Pro desktop and Pro Display XDR will both be available in December. The 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 powerful graphics card. Pro Display XDR, meanwhile, features a 32-inch Retina 6K display with P3 wide and 10-bit colour, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a superwide viewing angle.
The Mac Pro starts at US$5,999 and the Pro Display XDR starts at US$4,999. Both will be available to order online in December, with additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options, and accessories are available as well.