Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro launches tomorrow with new keyboard

Thursday, 14 Nov, 2019

The laptop features a new high-resolution display too, which Apple lists as 3072 x 1920 pixels with a 226 ppi pixel density. Apple has reduced the bezels surrounding the display instead of increasing the overall footprint of the machine. Each display is calibrated at the factory and promises 500 nits of brightness and full DCI-P3 color coverage.

Apple today unveiled an all-new 16-inch MacBook Pro - the world's best pro notebook - designed for developers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists, music producers and anyone who relies on a Mac to create their life's best work.

Apple's "butterfly" keyboards in older laptops have faced criticism for typing-related problems, including characters repeating unexpectedly, failing to appear, or keys that feel "sticky" and do not respond in a consistent manner. Also back are inverted-T arrow keys. Apple has also worked on improving the stability of the keycaps and made them slightly smaller to increase the space between the keys. It has a six-speaker sound system with dual force-canceling woofers for less rattle and buzz when the bass is booming, and it supports Dolby Atmos. Also, the MacBook Pro boasts significantly-improved 6-speaker setup and high-quality microphones to capture less background noise when recording.

On the options side, $200 steps up to the 2.4GHz 8-core Core i9 processor with up to 5.0GHz Turbo Boost. And they should also prove easier to fix, with no need to replace the entire front part.

Hopefully. Though we won't know for sure until more people get it into their hands, the scissor switch mechanism on preivous MacBook Pros proved to be fairly resilient.

If you want to upgrade the RAM from the stock 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 to 64GB, that will cost you $800. And while Intel does have 10th-generation laptop chips, they're U- and Y-series chips meant largely for ultraportables rather than in-between systems like the higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro. Having up to 64GB of RAM and 8TB of SSD storage is frankly incredible, and pros in pretty much every industry are going to be able to do a lot of work on the go. Storage is a 1TB SSD.

The two MacBook Pros' integrated graphics are the same-an Intel UHD Graphics 630-though the 16-inch MacBook's discrete video card gets a bump up to AMD's Radeon Pro 5300M or Radeon Pro 5500M, depending on which MacBook Pro version you opt for. Previous MacBook Pro keyboards in particular have been the subject of ire-and even lawsuits-for their shallow design and propensity to fail when debris get stuck in the keys.