MacBook Pro Overview Updated December 12, 2019

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MacBook Pro has been the product name for Apple’s high-end laptop since early 2006 when the transition to Intel processors began.

16-inch MacBook Pro

In November of 2019, Apple finally released the new high-end 16-inch MacBook Pro which replaced the 15-inch lineup. The model brings the return of the scissor switch mechanism with a ‘Magic Keyboard’, a six-speaker system, up to 8-core processor, and up to 64GB RAM.

You can configure the new MacBook Pro with up to 8TB of SSD storage. The new 16-inch screen features a resolution of 3072×1920 which means it is higher density panel at 226 pixels-per-inch.

In a statement, Apple VP Tom Boger described it as featuring a “larger display, blazing-fast performance, the biggest battery possible, the best notebook keyboard ever, awesome speakers and massive amounts of storage”.

Another change the new Magic Keyboard offers is an inverted T arrow key arrangement along with the Touch Bar. Apple says the new keyboard features an Apple-designed rubber dome, with 1mm of travel and a stable feel.

Apple has also improved the thermal performance of the new laptop which helps sustain CPU and GPU performance to run at full speed for longer. The new models feature 6- and 8-core CPUs and up to 64GB RAM. The new baseline GPUs offer up to 2.1 times faster graphics performance than the previous standard configuration.

Apple is claiming this is the first notebook in the world to offer an 8 TB option for internal storage. As standard, it now comes with 512GB SSD — double the previous generation.

The new chassis also houses a new speaker design “to bring musicians, podcasters and video editors the most advanced audio experience ever.” With the release of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has discontinued the 15-inch model.

16-inch Pricing

16-inch MacBook Pro ($2,399)

  • 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
  • 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

16-inch MacBook Pro ($2,799)

  • 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
  • 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • 1TB SSD storage
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

13-inch MacBook Pro

The 13-inch model with Touch Bar is available in two models:

  • 1.4GHz Quad-Core Processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz, 128GB Storage, Touch Bar, Touch ID, and 2 USB-C Ports ($1299)
  • 2.4GHz Quad-Core Processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz, 256GB Storage, Touch Bar, Touch ID, and 4 USB C ports ($1499)

There are multiple upgrade options for additional RAM (standard is 8GB) and storage up to 2TB. The current 13-inch model doesn’t have the new Magic Keyboard, but it’s likely to receive an update in the spring/summer 2020.

Differences between 13-inch and 16-inch models

In terms of size, the 16-inch is noticeably larger and heavier. In addition to the overall increase in footprint to accommodate the larger display, the 16-inch model is also around 1-pound heavier. You will notice slightly smaller bezels on the 16-inch model compared to the 13-inch. Here are all of the details:

Both the 13-inch and 16-inch are available in silver and space gray.

The biggest difference between the two MacBook Pro models sold by Apple is the display. The 16-inch MacBook Pro features a resolution of 3072×1920, which equates to a density of 226 pixels-per-inch (PPI).

The 13-inch MacBook Pro features a resolution of 2560×1600, which equates to a density of 227 pixels-per-inch (PPI). Both displays feature things like Apple’s True Tone display technology for adaptable color temperature, a P3 color gamut, and more.

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