Apple unveils the new 16-inch MacBook Pro designed for developers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists, music producers and anyone who relies on a Mac to create their life’s best work.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is packed powerful features, making Apple claim that it is the most powerful MacBook Pro ever, and here’s why:
Largest Retina Notebook Display Ever
Pros love the brilliant 500 nits, P3 wide colour gamut Retina display on MacBook Pro, and at 16 inches, it’s the largest Retina notebook display ever. Featuring a resolution of 3072×1920 and a higher pixel density of 226 PPI, the 16-inch Retina display delivers nearly 6 million pixels and an even more immersive front-of-screen experience.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro features a new Magic Keyboard with a refined scissor mechanism that delivers 1mm of key travel and a stable key feel, as well as an Apple-designed rubber dome that stores more potential energy for a responsive key press.
The new Magic Keyboard also features a physical Escape key and an inverted-“T” arrangement for the arrow keys, along with Touch Bar and Touch ID, for a keyboard that delivers the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook.
Advanced Thermal Design
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 new design features a larger impeller with extended blades along with bigger vents, resulting in a 28 per cent increase in airflow, while the heat sink is 35 per cent larger, enabling significantly more heat dissipation than before. This allows the 16-inch MacBook Pro to sustain up to 12 more watts during intensive workloads than the previous design.
Powerful Processors and Faster Memory
The 16-inch MacBook Pro features the latest 6- and 8-core 9th-generation processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, which deliver up to 2.1 times faster performance than the quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro.1 Its powerful CPUs, combined with faster memory up to 64GB allows better performance compared to older MacBook Pros.
When compared to the previous-generation quad-core MacBook Pro:
- Photographers can apply complex edits to photographs 1.7 times faster in Photoshop.
- Music producers can playback massive multi-track projects with up to 2.1 times more Amp Designer plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
- Scientists and researchers will benefit from 2.1 times faster simulation of dynamical systems in MATLAB.
- Developers using Xcode can compile code up to 1.8 times faster.
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.
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 per cent 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.
8TB of Storage
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 a staggering 8TB of storage — the largest SSD ever in a notebook.
Higher Fidelity Audio Experience
The 16-inch MacBook Pro introduces a completely redesigned six-speaker, a high-fidelity sound system designed to bring musicians, podcasters and video editors the most advanced audio experience ever in a notebook.
The new force-cancelling woofers use dual opposed speaker drivers to reduce unwanted vibrations that distort the sound. As a result, music sounds are clearer and more natural, and the bass can go half an octave deeper. An upgraded high-performance mic array delivers a 40 per cent reduction in hiss and an improved signal-to-noise ratio that rivals that of popular professional-grade digital microphones, delivering super-clean recordings that capture even the smallest details.
macOS, Designed for Pros
Dark Mode highlights pro content while controls recede into the background on the Mac’s stunning Retina display.
Sidecar, a new feature in macOS Catalina, lets users leverage iPad as a second display or as a high-precision tablet input device using Apple Pencil. Files on macOS can be quickly browsed with visuals and easy access to metadata with Gallery View in Finder.
Along with a robust ecosystem of third-party apps and devices, macOS includes Apple apps like Safari, Mail, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, and supports high-performance apps like Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X and Xcode.
Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR
Additionally, Apple also announces that the all-new Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display XDR will be available in December.
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 graphics architecture featuring the world’s most powerful graphics card.
Pro Display XDR 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 super wide viewing angle, all at a breakthrough price point.
Pricing and Availability
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is available today here and the Apple Store app starting at S$3,499.
It will be in Apple Stores and Apple Authorised Resellers in the US later this week and coming soon to stores around the world. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online.
Mac Pro starts at $5,999 (US) and Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999 (US). Both will be available to order in December. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are also available at Apple website.