Apple Launches 16-inch Macbook Pro With Magic Keyboard, Upgraded Speakers

It’s been a long time coming, but the 16-inch MacBook Pro is finally here. After months of wait, Apple is today announcing the brand new 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro will be replacing the company’s 15-inch MacBook Pro, and it comes with some key improvements to the MacBook Pro hardware.

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First things first, the new MacBook Pro comes with a new keyboard design. Apple is finally getting rid of its butterfly keyboard design, replacing it with a new scissor-switch keyboard design that’s more reliable than before and offers 1mm key travel. The new keyboard design is being called the “Magic Keyboard”. The new design also brings back the physical Esc key, which sits next to the Touch Bar. “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,” says Apple.

The new MacBook Pro also has a bigger display than the previous 15.4-inch model. The 16-inch Retina display panel on the new MacBook Pro offers a resolution of 3072×1920 pixels, P3 wide color gamut and 500 nits of brightness.

Performance-wise, the new MacBook Pro features the 9th gen Intel processors, and you can get up to an 8-core processor, up to 64GB of RAM, up to 8TB of SSD storage (largest ever in a notebook), and the Radeon Pro 5000M graphics with up to 8GB of VRAM. To drive all that power, the new MacBook Pro comes with a 100-Wh battery.  The device also features the “most advanced thermal architecture” ever in a Mac notebook, allowing for a 28% increase in airflow.

The new device also features louder speakers, thanks to the new six-speaker sound system, and studio-quality mics that are apparently capable of rivalling the “popular professional-grade” microphones.

Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro will start at $2,399. You can pre-order right now.

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  • dontbeevil

    13 November, 2019 - 9:03 am

    <p>No thanks </p>

    • siv

      13 November, 2019 - 8:46 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#488472">In reply to dontbeevil:</a></em></blockquote><p>100% agree, you'd have to have more money than sense!</p>

      • bob_shutts

        13 November, 2019 - 10:23 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#488840"><em>In reply to Siv:</em></a><em> "</em>100% agree, you'd have to have more money than sense!" This is really about the money, isn't it?</blockquote><p><br></p>

  • MikeGalos

    13 November, 2019 - 9:09 am

    <p>"Magic Keyboard"?</p><p><br></p><p>OK, forget them dropping the headphone plug, creating that straight line really is a case of Apple being brave.</p>

    • obarthelemy

      13 November, 2019 - 10:11 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#488473">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>magic: it doesn't fail *and* can be fixed. Maybe.</p>

    • ivan19998

      13 November, 2019 - 10:24 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#488473">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Magic Keyboard is related to desktop keyboard which has very similar design.</p>

      • anoldamigauser

        Premium Member
        13 November, 2019 - 12:03 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#488482">In reply to ivan19998:</a></em></blockquote><p>OK, but the name is pure Apple chutzpah. However, if dust doesn't cause it to fail, and it can be repaired, that is great. It does not justify the name in any way, shape or form.</p>

        • bob_shutts

          13 November, 2019 - 12:53 pm

          <blockquote><a href="#488528"><em>In reply to AnOldAmigaUser:</em></a><em> It's magic because it will be magical if it doesn't fail like the previous generation. LOL</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

        • Greg Green

          16 November, 2019 - 11:27 am

          <blockquote><em><a href="#488528">In reply to AnOldAmigaUser:</a></em></blockquote><p>Apple has had the Magic Mouse for about ten years. The only surprising thing about the name Magic Keyboard is that it took them so long to come up with it.</p><p><br></p><p>I imagine their hope is that the new Magic product will be as reliable and as loved as the old Magic product.</p>

    • bob_shutts

      13 November, 2019 - 11:21 am

      <blockquote><a href="#488473"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a><em> Referring to the new MacBook Pro or the phone?</em></blockquote><blockquote><br></blockquote><blockquote><em>The reason the keyboard is hyped as "Magic" is that they are using the same mechanism used in their desktop keyboard, which is called the "Magic Keyboard." Should be much more reliable. As for me, I've owned the 2015 MacBook, 2016 MB Pro, and now own a 2018 MBA and current MacBook Pro. No problem with any of the keyboards. But then, I keep food and other cooties away from my workplace.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

      • siv

        13 November, 2019 - 8:45 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#488505">In reply to Bob_Shutts:</a></em></blockquote><p>For us UK readers, what is a "cootie"???</p>

        • Tiny

          Premium Member
          13 November, 2019 - 8:55 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#488839">In reply to Siv:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>cootie</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;noun</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;°A louse.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;°Any germs or contaminants, real or imagined, especially germs from the opposite gender (for pre-pubescent children).</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;synonyms: boy germ, girl germ </p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

  • will

    Premium Member
    13 November, 2019 - 10:45 am

    <p>Seems like they wanted to do something besides just update the keyboard and overall they did good esp with keeping the price the same. </p>

  • Vladimir Carli

    Premium Member
    13 November, 2019 - 11:14 am

    <p>I'll try this in a store as soon as possible. If the keyboard is "normal" I might go back to a Mac after three years</p>

  • RonV42

    Premium Member
    13 November, 2019 - 11:44 am

    <p>I have had bad experiences with product that have the word "Magic" in their description. </p>

  • ronh

    Premium Member
    13 November, 2019 - 12:14 pm

    <p>1 mm travel.. not enough??</p><p><br></p><p>I automatically become skeptical of any product that gets released and they have to use the word magic to describe or name it.</p><p><br></p><p>I hope that the keyboard issues are in the past for Apple, as their customers deserve better.</p>

  • igor engelen

    13 November, 2019 - 1:38 pm

    <p>Haven't checked any articles yet..</p><p>Did they go for a rounded corner approach like the ipad 11" pro?</p>

    • Skandalous

      Premium Member
      13 November, 2019 - 3:28 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#488601">In reply to Igor Engelen:</a></em></blockquote><p>They did not.</p>

  • TallGuySE

    Premium Member
    13 November, 2019 - 5:27 pm

    <p>With the exception of a 720p webcam in 2019, this is exactly the laptop I wanted. Just ordered and hopefully here before Thanksgiving. Will be a nice upgrade from the standard config 2017 model. </p>

    • siv

      13 November, 2019 - 8:44 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#488772">In reply to TallGuySE:</a></em></blockquote><p>How do you justify that price?</p>

      • TallGuySE

        Premium Member
        13 November, 2019 - 9:02 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#488838">In reply to Siv:</a></em></blockquote><p>I don’t have to justify the price, I just have to be able to afford it.</p><p><br></p><p>That said, the 16” offers significantly more hardware for the money than the 15” released just 6 months ago. RAM and SSD upgrades are much cheaper as well. </p><p><br></p><p>Apple products are not inexpensive, but to me they offer fair value. </p>

  • chaad_losan

    13 November, 2019 - 6:28 pm

    <p>Phil Shiller calling children stupid if they don't use an iPad and new the "Magic" keyboard. F*** you apple. You finally jumped the shark. Congratulations. </p>

    • siv

      13 November, 2019 - 8:47 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#488795">In reply to chaad_losan:</a></em></blockquote><p>I can't believe how slimy Apple are!</p>

      • Greg Green

        16 November, 2019 - 11:21 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#488842">In reply to Siv:</a></em></blockquote><p>Not as slimy as people spreading or believing propaganda.</p>

    • ivan19998

      13 November, 2019 - 9:51 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#488795">In reply to chaad_losan:</a></em></blockquote><p>That's not true. He just told that only doing tests is not enough for success in education. That totally true</p>

    • Greg Green

      16 November, 2019 - 11:20 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#488795">In reply to chaad_losan:</a></em></blockquote><p>In the CNET article he never used the word stupid, or any of its synonyms. Why are you making things up?</p>


    13 November, 2019 - 9:03 pm

    <p>I'm typing this on a 2014 15" MacBook Pro that has served me faithfully for the last five years… I will upgrade to this new 16" MacBook having completely skipped over the bad keyboard era… However .. I must state .. that my daughter's both have a 12" MacBook and they never had any problems with their keyboards.. They eat in front of them and worse still .. put on make up. It was never the keyboard that kept me from updating.. It was having a fast and functional 15" MacBook Pro that still worked great that kept me from updating.</p><p>But .. the time has FINALLY come. Here's to another 5 years!!</p>

  • SenorGravy

    Premium Member
    13 November, 2019 - 10:20 pm

    <p>The most surprising new feature of the 16" Macbook Pro, to me, is the new and improved Speakers. The Macbook has the de facto standard for laptop speakers. Nothing else even comes close. Super excited to try it.</p>

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