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MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) review: Escaping the butterfly effect

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is something of a greatest-hits compilation of MacBook features. The body's shape, size and weight are very close to the 15-inch Pro, a well-established standard for high-end laptops that are mostly desk-bound but occasionally portable. The screen is closer to the gone-but-not-forgotten, 17-inch MacBook Pro, a classic big-screen system that readers still email me about at least once or twice a year. The 3,072x1,920 Retina display has tons of pixel real estate, edging closer to the 5K screens on iMacs.

And perhaps most important, the keyboard is... different. No, it's not the clacky classic MacBook Pro keyboard of yore. Frankly, that was never as good as you remember it being. Nor is it the ultra-flat butterfly mechanism keyboard that's slowly bled into every MacBook since 2015. Apple says this new version is based on the standalone Magic Keyboard the company includes with its iMac desktops and also sells separately (yes, there's also a Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad -- frankly, the whole thing always sounded a bit too Disney-fied to me).

For a deeper dive on the exact changes to the processor, RAM and storage options, my colleague Scott Stein has an excellent in-depth breakdown of all the new MacBook Pro specs here. Instead, I'll focus on a few key areas, including the keyboard, Touch Bar and battery, 

The butterfly effect 

Both the iMac Magic Keyboard and this new MacBook Pro keyboard use scissor-style switches under the keycaps, rather than the much-derided butterfly-style switch. The latter was prone to all sorts of issues, from stuck and dead keys to a general lack of pleasingly tactile feedback. Apparently one of my greatest heresies has been to sidestep the butterfly keyboard pile-on and admit that my personal relationship with it wasn't all that bad. 

Earlier this year, I mustered a defense of the butterfly keyboard, at least from some of the overblown rending of garments that made it sound about as useful as trying to type on a keyboard drawn in chalk on the sidewalk. I said:

"The super flat keyboard on current MacBooks is one of our favorite things to hate. It ranks right up there with millennials ordering avocado toast, DC Universe movies and robocalls as fair game for everyone to knock ... But the sheer level of MacBook keyboard hysteria overstates the case."

Lest you think me a butterfly apologist, I also said:

"My experience can be summed up as: 'Not great, but not as bad as people say. Is that a hedge on the big question of the ultimate value of MacBook keyboards? Sure, it is. But like most things in life, this falls somewhere in the middle part of the bell curve. Not great, not terrible."

After just a single day of typing on the new Magic-style keyboard on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, I'm ready to retcon the butterfly keyboard back to being a disaster. That's because the new keyboard is positively delightful, which is not praise I offer lightly. Put another way, my first thought early this morning while typing this review on the 16-inch Pro was, "Where the f*** has this been for the last four years?" 

The feel is definitely closer to the modern MacBook keyboard than the classic one. Seeing all three side by side, it looks more like the butterfly design, with low-slung, wide keys. If anything, this new design fuses the two, with keycaps that are smaller in surface area than the butterfly version, but larger than the old-school version. Likewise, the key travel (a term often used as shorthand for how far one can depress a keyboard key, although it's really the distance before a key press activates) is a substantial-feeling 1mm, which feels like a happy medium. A new rubber dome is under each key, and the individual keycaps can be removed and replaced (I have not tried that yet), which should at least mitigate any problems from dust and debris causing stuck keys. But really, stop getting cookie crumbs on your laptops, you monsters. 

There will no doubt be many longer-term verdicts from many opinionated quarters for this new keyboard, but in my first-24-hours opinion, it's pretty great. 

Still, peace has yet to be restored to the MacBook keyboard galaxy. Welcome to the amazing world of... keyboard fragmentation! Now the 16-inch MacBook Pro has this new and improved keyboard, while the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro both have the clearly inferior butterfly version. The only reason there isn't more MacBook keyboard confusion is that these are the only MacBooks left after the 12- and 15-inch prunings this year. That automatically makes any MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro purchase a compromised experience, as there's a 99.9% chance this new keyboard style is coming to those systems sometime next year (not that Apple would cop to any such thing when I asked). 

With all the keyboard talk, it's worth noting that the large trackpad, already a MacBook highlight, is unchanged and still feels huge, even paired with a 16-inch screen. 

The incredible shrinking Touch Bar

The Touch Bar, nearly as divisive as the butterfly keyboard, is still here, and still largely underused, at least according to my informal survey of MacBook Pro users. It is, however, getting slowly whittled down, with a physical escape key added to the left side and the fingerprint reader broken out on the right. Apple's Phil Schiller told my colleague Roger Cheng, "If I were to rank the complaints, No. 1 was [from] customers who like a physical Escape key." 

The rest of the Touch Bar remains as mildly interesting as it ever was. Per-app support is decent, but requires learning new workflows, and the entire setup just serves to remind us that this is one of the only major computer platforms without a touchscreen. Like endless Fast and Furious movies, the Touch Bar keeps showing up, but never really makes a great case for itself. It self-perpetuates because there's no way to get a MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar right now. Still, the fact that it's losing real estate doesn't sound like a vote of long-term confidence.

That said, I always use the Touch Bar controls for volume adjustments when using a MacBook Pro. That's even more important here, because better audio is one of the other areas where the new MacBook Pro makes improvements. Built-in laptop speakers are never much to write home about, but with some speaker placement prestidigitation to cancel out rattle at higher volumes, this is certainly a decent-sounding laptop. Apple claims great noise reduction and nuanced capture for the built-in three-mic array as well, but I have not had a chance to test that yet. 

As big as a battery can get

Screens get bigger, processors get more powerful, graphics hard gets upgraded. That's all great, but also a contradiction to longer battery life, a key selling point for any laptop. The CPUs and other components can become more power efficient, with more performance per watt, operating system tweaks can manage battery life better and even low-power displays can add hours of extra life. 

But the most reliable way to increase battery life is to add a bigger battery. The new 16-inch MacBook Pro takes to its logical limit with a 100 watt-hour battery (made up of four individual cells), and a promise of 11 hours of battery life, up one hour from the previous 15-inch Pro. 

Why not go even bigger? Apple has hit something of a wall in battery capacity. The US Federal Aviation Administration limits the battery capacity of lithium batteries to 100 watt-hours (and even then, you have to carry those on; they can't be in checked baggage). A laptop that can't fly is going to have a fairly limited audience, so the MacBook Pro is unlikely to move past that unless the rules change or new battery technology comes to laptops. 

We have yet to test the battery life in the new MacBook Pro, and will update this review when we do. The most-recent MacBook Pro we've tested was the 13-inch 2019 model, which ran for 10 hours, 39 minutes in our video-streaming battery test. 

Big screen, big changes 

In a short time with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, I can say that it feels bigger than the 15-inch model it replaces, both in screen size and desktop footprint. Not by a huge amount, but it certainly seems less portable and more of a desk-bound laptop. 

The keyboard feels extraordinarily different, better than both the butterfly version and even the classic pre-2015 version. It's also less loud and clacky, which you might only notice side by side, but a definite improvement. 

It will take more than a few days to come to a definitive conclusion about this, but there's at least a good chance that new 16-inch MacBook will make you actually like MacBook keyboards again.

Update: The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been updated with 10th-gen Intel CPUs and the new Magic Keyboard

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MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019) - Technical Specifications

     

Touch Bar

  • Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor

Finish

Display

  • Retina display
  • 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 native resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1920 by 1200
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1280 by 800
    • 1024 by 640
  • 500 nits brightness
  • Wide color (P3)
  • True Tone technology

Processor

  • 2.6GHz
    2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz, with 12MB shared L3 cache
    Configurable to 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz, with 16MB shared L3 cache
  • 2.3GHz
    2.3GHz 8-core Intel Core i9, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz, with 16MB shared L3 cache
    Configurable to 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz, with 16MB shared L3 cache

Storage1

  • 256GB
    256GB SSD
    Configurable to 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB SSD
  • 512GB
    512GB SSD
    Configurable to 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB SSD

Memory

  • 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 onboard memory
    Configurable to 32GB of memory

Graphics

  • 2.6GHz
    Radeon Pro 555X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Configurable to Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
  • 2.3GHz
    Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Configurable to Radeon Pro Vega 16 with 4GB of HBM2 memory or Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory

Charging and Expansion

Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with support for:

  • Charging
  • DisplayPort
  • Thunderbolt (up to 40Gb/s)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)

Keyboard and Trackpad

  • Full-size backlit keyboard with:
    • 64 (U.S.) or 65 (ISO) keys including 4 arrow keys
    • Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures

Wireless

  • Wi-Fi
    802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • Bluetooth
    Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology

Camera

Video Support

Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colors and:

  • Up to two displays with 5120-by-2880 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors
  • Up to four displays with 4096-by-2304 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors

Thunderbolt 3 digital video output

  • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
  • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)

Audio

  • Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
  • Three microphones
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack

Battery and Power2

  • Up to 10 hours wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours Apple TV app video playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
  • Built-in 83.6-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 87W USB-C Power Adapter

Operating Requirements

  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: –13° to 113° F (–25° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Size and Weight

  • Height: 0.61 inch (1.55 cm)
  • Width: 13.75 inches (34.93 cm)
  • Depth: 9.48 inches (24.07 cm)
  • Weight: 4.02 pounds (1.83 kg)3

Operating System

macOS
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Accessibility

Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of their new MacBook Pro. With built-in support for vision, hearing, mobility, and learning, you can create and do amazing things.
Learn more about Accessibility

Features include:

  • Voice Control
  • VoiceOver
  • Zoom
  • Increase Contrast
  • Reduce Motion
  • Siri and Dictation
  • Switch Control
  • Closed Captions
  • Text to Speech

Built-in Apps4

  • Photos
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • Siri
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • FaceTime
  • Messages
  • Maps
  • News
  • Stocks
  • Home
  • Voice Memos
  • Notes
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Reminders
  • Photo Booth
  • Preview
  • Music
  • Podcasts
  • TV
  • Books
  • App Store
  • Time Machine
  • Find My
  • QuickTime Player

In the Box

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro
  • 87W USB-C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)

Configure to Order

Configure your MacBook Pro with these options, only at apple.com:

  • 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz, with 16MB shared L3 cache
  • 32GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory
  • Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
  • Radeon Pro Vega 16 with 4GB of HBM2 memory
  • Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory
  • 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB SSD

MacBook Pro and the Environment

Apple takes a complete product life cycle approach to determining our environmental impact. Learn more about MacBook Pro and the Environment

MacBook Pro is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free5
  • Beryllium-free
  • Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure
  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold6

Apple and the Environment
Read our Product Environmental Reports for detailed information on the environmental performance of every Apple product.

Accessories

Mac Software

  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Logic Pro X

Displays and Adapters

  • LG UltraFine 4K Display
  • LG UltraFine 5K Display
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
  • USB-C to USB Adapter
  • USB-C to SD Card Reader
  • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter
  • USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter
  • USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Other Accessories

  • USB-C to Lightning Cable
  • USB-C Charge Cable
  • 87W USB-C Power Adapter
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro Leather Sleeve
  • Blackmagic eGPU
  • Blackmagic eGPU Pro
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
  • Magic Trackpad 2
  • Magic Mouse 2
  • AppleCare+ for Mac

Acoustic Performance

Declared noise emission values in accordance with ECMA-109

 Sound Power Level
L W A,m (B)
Sound Pressure Level
Operator Position
L p A,m (dB)
Idle1.7 (K V = 0.3)8
Wireless web1.7 (K V = 0.3)8
  1. L W A,m is the mean A-weighted sound power level, rounded to the nearest 0.1 B.
  2. L p A,m is the mean A-weighted sound pressure level measured at operator position (rounded to the nearest 1 dB).
  3. 1 B (bel) = 10 dB (decibel)
  4. K v is the statistical adder for computing upper-limit of A-weighted sound power level.
  5. The quantity, L W A,c (formerly called L W Ad) may be computed from the sum of L W A,m and K v .
  6. The Wireless web test browses 25 popular websites.
  7. Configuration tested: 2.3GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 processor, 16GB memory, 512GB storage, Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.

  1. 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = 1 trillion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  2. Testing conducted by Apple in June 2019 using preproduction 1.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-based 13-inch MacBook Pro systems with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. Testing conducted by Apple in April 2019 using preproduction 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-based 13-inch MacBook Pro systems with 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD; and preproduction 2.3GHz 8-core Intel Core i9-based 15-inch MacBook Pro systems with 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. The wireless web test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The iTunes movie playback test measures battery life by playing back HD 1080p content with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The standby test measures battery life by allowing a system, connected to a wireless network and signed in to an iCloud account, to enter standby mode with Safari and Mail applications launched and all system settings left at default. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.
  3. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  4. iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available on the Mac App Store. Downloading apps requires an Apple ID and a device that is compatible with the OS version required for each app.
  5. PVC-free AC power cord available in all regions except India and South Korea.
  6. MacBook Pro achieved a Gold rating from EPEAT in the U.S. and Canada.
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Each Apple Certified Refurbished Product:

  • undergoes full functionality testing and any defective modules identified in testing are replaced.
  • Apple Watch and Apple Pencil devices that require replacement parts are not included in the Apple Certified Refurbished Program.
  • is put through a thorough cleaning process and inspection.
  • is repackaged (including appropriate manuals, cables, new boxes).
  • includes either the Operating System originally shipped with the unit or, in some cases, a more recent version.
  • is placed into a Final QA inspection prior to being added to sellable refurbished stock.

Refurbishment procedures follow the same basic technical guidelines as Apple's Finished Goods testing procedures.

(2) What should I expect when I purchase an Apple Certified Refurbished Product?

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  • A fully functional unit with complete documentation
  • The assurance that the unit meets Apple's premiere quality standards, and that its defective components have been replaced by genuine Apple components

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Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch review: the one you’ve been waiting for

The keyboard is fixed.

If Apple did nothing else, that one thing makes the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro better than its predecessor and any other MacBook you can buy right now. The tide definitively turned against Apple’s butterfly keyboard design in the past year, thanks in large part to persistent reporting from Casey Johnston and Joanna Stern, and Apple had to do something. Thankfully, Apple did the right thing: it went back to a more traditional keyboard design.

But Apple’s backtrack on the keyboard isn’t the only accommodation it has made to answer complaints about its MacBook line. Apple also altered how the laptop dissipates heat, allowing the processor to run faster and more predictably. It also brought back a physical Esc key and most pro users’ preferred arrow key layout.

There are a few other notable updates compared to the 15-inch model — including, yes, the namesake for the laptop itself, the 16-inch screen. But the keyboard and the thermals are the big updates that show Apple is willing to look back in order to move forward.

I am actually nervous saying that the keyboard is good now. I have reviewed the majority of the butterfly keyboard MacBooks, and with each iteration, I haven’t minded the key feel. It had a sort of gliding feeling that — to me — was almost worth the clacky sound. But those reviews were all written after a week or two of use, which is not enough time to run into a reliability problem.

I’ve had this 16-inch MacBook Pro for the same amount of time, but I’m calling it fixed regardless because the new switch mechanism under the keys is the more traditional scissor-switch — a known quantity. Apple says it’s based on the Magic Keyboard that ships with iMacs, and sure, perhaps it is.

As a keyboard, it’s up there among my favorites right now. (For the record, the one at the top of the list is the quiet keyboard on the Pixelbook Go.) Apple’s new keyboard has a full millimeter of travel (about 0.5mm more than the butterfly keyboard and 0.5mm less than the keyboard on a 2015 MacBook Pro). And though the keys aren’t especially springy, they do land with a satisfying and relatively quiet thunk.

Apple says that it redesigned how the keycap attaches to the scissor-switch to improve stability across the key. The backlight also doesn’t bleed out around the edge of the keys. Finally, the keycaps are slightly smaller than the ones on the butterfly design, which allows them to be spaced slightly farther apart from each other and — critically — the Touch Bar. The “inverted T” layout on the arrow keys is also much easier to use than the old layout.

The physical Esc key shortens the Touch Bar up a bit, but I haven’t noticed any problems stemming from the lost length. That’s probably because, like most people, the Touch Bar is something I endure instead of something I enjoy. Apple believes in it, and there is still potential there. But in general, it’s less useful to me than a row of function keys. I use a utility called Pock to put my Mac’s dock there instead of the default, but even that doesn’t make the Touch Bar a must-have for me.

Inside Apple, I am sure there are engineers who still believe that the butterfly keyboard is fixable. Perhaps it is, but hardware design has to take culture into account as much as it does engineering. Even if Apple were able to turn out a perfectly reliable butterfly keyboard with decent key travel and quiet clacking, nobody would trust it. Apple really had no other choice, and I’m glad it finally acceded to the inevitable.

The only question now is when Apple’s other laptops will get the new (old) keyboard design. Apple, of course, isn’t even hinting. But there are clues: the company has spent the last year doing the obvious things everybody has been asking for: improved iPadOS USB access, thicker phones with bigger batteries, and a Mac Pro that’s modular again. Hopefully, 2020 will be more of the same.

We can get a lot of the standard “laptop stuff” out of the way because Apple has done a good job with the fundamentals. The trackpad is still almost comically big, but Apple does better than anybody at palm rejection. There are still four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and there’s still a fingerprint sensor to log in. But unfortunately, there’s no SD card slot.

The screen — aka the namesake of this laptop — is typical Apple, which is to say it’s great. It’s not actually a full inch larger than the 15-inch version (which actually had a 15.4-inch display), and it doesn’t really feel that much more capacious. It’s a big, color-accurate retina screen. I think on the next iteration of this design — which is presumably more than a few years out — Apple should aim a little higher. But OLED and HDR screens on laptops are still relatively rare, and I think Apple was right to nail the basics.

The 16-inch model is just slightly larger than the 15-inch model across all three dimensions, but not so much so that you would really notice it unless you compared them side by side. If you have a bag that will fit the 15-inch MacBook Pro, I would be very surprised if it didn’t also fit the 16-inch laptop.

Besides the larger screen, one of the reasons it’s just slightly bigger is that it has a full 100Wh battery, which is the Federal Aviation Administration’s limit for laptops that are allowed on planes. It also comes with a 96W charger to match. Apple claims up to 11 hours of battery life that consists of web browsing and various other non-intensive tasks. I didn’t quite get there — I averaged around eight hours — but on the whole, I do think it’s slightly better than the last model.

If there’s one place where Apple could do better on the hardware, it’s the webcam. It’s still a piddly 720p affair. The other place Apple needs to do better is macOS Catalina. Even now, almost two months from launch, it’s still a little buggier than it ought to be.

My favorite part of the 16-inch MacBook Pro isn’t the keyboard or the improved thermals. (More on that below.) To be blunt, those are both things Apple shouldn’t have messed up in the first place, so I don’t want to give it too much credit for just hitting par.

It’s the speakers. They’re the best I’ve ever heard on a laptop.

Apple’s technical explanation for the speaker quality is that it has three speakers on each side, two of which are woofers designed to cancel out each other’s vibrations. That allows the MacBook Pro to get half an octave deeper bass. It also means that the speakers can get much louder without sounding tinny.

Speaker details like that often end up just being marketing gobbledegook, but not here. The laptop gets super loud and has great stereo separation. It still won’t fill a room like a Bluetooth speaker, but it will impress anybody who sits in front of it.

Apple also has improved the microphone — it’s now a three-mic “studio” array. It certainly sounds better than most microphones — including Microsoft’s “studio” mics on the Surface Laptop 3. It’s less hissy and a little less echoey to my ears. But despite Apple’s claims, it still doesn’t stand up to a dedicated USB microphone like a Blue Yeti.

After the keyboard, the other consensus on the 15-inch MacBook Pro is that it was thermally throttled. The processor couldn’t run as fast as it otherwise might because of various design factors. Last summer, there was another initial worry that the processor was much worse than it should have been, resulting in a fast software update from Apple to provide a so-called “missing digital key” in the firmware.

I think those days are behind us. In both benchmarks and lots of real-world tests, the 16-inch MacBook Pro can maintain higher speeds than before and — I think, more importantly — it does so consistently.

That all happens, thanks to some design changes that Apple made: it added a larger heat sink, changed the fan design to move more air, made the whole thing slightly thicker, and even rearranged the logic board to optimize for heat dispersal. Apple claims that all of these changes allow it to push 12W more power though the processor under load.

I’ll let others handle in-depth benchmarking, but I will note that, in my tests, the MacBook Pro was slightly better than last year’s model across raw processor tests. Cinebench 20 on my Core i9 review unit hit peak turbo speeds and then settled into a very consistent 3.1GHz (800MHz above its “base” speed) across multiple tests — aka it was the same on the first test and the fifth when the laptop was warm.

In a more real-world test — a very complex export in Adobe Premiere Pro that took about a half-hour to run — I saw a 3 to 5 percent improvement over a fairly comparable 2018 model (which is technically two generations behind, thanks to a processor refresh earlier this year). That’s a modest jump, but it’s also completely in line with what you’d expect from the year-over-year improvements in Intel’s processors combined with Apple’s improved thermals.

Software that takes better advantage of the GPU will see much bigger gains in performance. Our video team doesn’t use Final Cut X, but Jonathan Morrison has posted a video to YouTube confirming that there are significant speed improvements on it. Similarly, in the built-in benchmark in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I saw frame rates at the default graphics settings jump from about 30 fps to nearly 60 fps very consistently.

In short: the performance is there, but unless you definitely know your software can take full advantage of the new GPUs in the new MacBook, you might not see life-changing improvements.

There is an alternate universe where I might not have bothered to review the 16-inch MacBook Pro. In that universe, it would have been an iterative update with a slightly larger screen, nicer speakers, and new graphics card options. That alternate universe is the one where Apple didn’t go off on a thinness-at-all-costs Quixotic quest. In that universe, the keyboard always used scissor-switches.

But in this universe, here’s my review: it’s the MacBook Pro that lots of people have been holding out for. It rolls back the most experimental of Apple’s changes. The Touch Bar has an Esc key next to it, the processor is better cooled at the expense of thinness, and the keyboard is (almost surely) reliable.

It’s the no-drama MacBook Pro. And thank god for that because for people who want a big-screen, big-power Mac laptop, it’s also the only option around. This year, it’s a very good one.

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MacBook Pro

The best for the brightest.

Designed for those who defy limits and change the world, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is by far the most powerful notebook we have ever made. With an immersive Retina display, superfast processors, advanced graphics, the largest battery capacity ever in a MacBook Pro, Magic Keyboard, and massive storage, it's the ultimate pro notebook for the ultimate user.

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16-inch Retina display
for an immersive viewing experience.

Up to 8-core processor
to power through intensive workloads.

Up to 8TB SSD storage
— the highest capacity in any notebook.

Up to 64GB of memory
for editing large files and smooth multitasking.

AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics
for fast rendering and seamless playback.

Six-speaker sound system and studio-quality mics
for dramatic sound and superclean recordings.

Retina Display

A big, beautiful workspace. For doing big, beautiful work.

Boundaries are meant to be pushed.

Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard

Adventure Photographer

Boundaries are meant to be pushed.

Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard

Adventure Photographer

MacBook Pro features a stunning 16-inch Retina display — the largest Retina display ever in a Mac notebook. It produces 500 nits of brightness for spectacular highlights and bright whites, while delivering deep blacks thanks to the precise photo alignment of liquid crystal molecules. And the P3 wide color gamut enables brilliant, true-to-life images and video. So no matter where you are, you’ll see your work in the best possible light.

A mirrorlike enhanced reflector sheet in the backlight reflects over 98 percent of incident light, allowing MacBook Pro to achieve 500 nits of brightness efficiently.

The oxide thin film transistor (TFT) features 10 times faster pixel charging than the traditional amorphous silicon TFT, and holds the pixel voltage steady during low-frequency power-saving modes, enabling pin-sharp resolution and longer battery life.

The narrow-band LED-powered backlight allows MacBook Pro to represent the P3 wide color gamut for brilliant, true-to-life color in photos and videos.

500 nitsof brightness

Processor and Memory

Working at the speed of thought.

This MacBook Pro is a game changer.

Oak Felder

GRAMMY®️-Nominated
Songwriter and Producer

This MacBook Pro is a game changer.

Oak Felder

GRAMMY®️-Nominated
Songwriter and Producer

The 16-inch MacBook Pro brings a whole new class of performance to the notebook. Thanks to a more advanced thermal design, the Intel Core i9 processor with up to 8 cores and 16 threads of processing power sustains higher performance for longer periods of time — and delivers up to 2.1 times the performance of a quad-core MacBook Pro. So whether you’re layering dozens of tracks and effects, rendering 3D models, or compiling and testing code, you’ll be doing it in no time flat.

More advanced thermal architecture enables faster processing. The thermal architecture in MacBook Pro has been completely redesigned, featuring larger impellers with improved fan blades for optimal airflow and more heat-dispersing fins for more effective cooling. The resulting gain in cooling capacity allows MacBook Pro to deliver up to 12 watts more maximum sustained power.

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro

Quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro (Baseline)

2.1xmore Amp Designer plug-ins2

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro

Quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro (Baseline)

2.1xfaster simulation of dynamical systems3

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro

Quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro (Baseline)

2.1xfaster Arnold render4

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro

Quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro (Baseline)

95%faster render scene to disk5

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro

Quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro (Baseline)

85%faster CPU benchmark performance6

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro

Quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro (Baseline)

80%faster build time using Xcode7

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro

Quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro (Baseline)

65%faster TetrUSS computational fluid dynamics performance8

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro

Quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro (Baseline)

70%faster processing of well-threaded filters9

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro

Quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro (Baseline)

70%faster ML-based image repair10

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro

Quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro (Baseline)

60%faster RAW image import with Smart Previews11

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro

Quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro (Baseline)

55%faster 4K H.264 export12

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro

Quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro (Baseline)

11simultaneous 4K multicam streams13

Up to 64GB of DDR4 memory means more efficient multitasking. The 16-inch MacBook Pro uses fast 2666MHz DDR4 memory — up to 64GB — for smooth performance whether you’re loading hundreds of audio samples, editing billion-pixel images, or running multiple virtual machines.

Up to4.3xfaster than 16GB14

Graphics

Bending reality takes bandwidth.

This is an amazing amount of power to carry around.

Charmaine Chan

Charmaine Chan

Visual Effects Artist
Industrial Light & Magic

This is an amazing amount of power to carry around.

Charmaine Chan

Charmaine Chan

Visual Effects Artist
Industrial Light & Magic

The AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series delivers the most graphics horsepower ever in a MacBook Pro. The 16-inch MacBook Pro base model is over two times faster than the previous-generation base model, for seamless playback and faster rendering of ultra-high-definition video.

For working on graphics-intensive projects like 3D rendering or high-end game development, you can supercharge your MacBook Pro with the optional Radeon Pro 5600M. With its 40 compute units and 8GB of High Bandwidth Memory, this powerhouse GPU brings a new level of desktop-class graphics power to MacBook Pro.

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5600M and 8GB HBM2

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5500M and 4GB GDDR6

8-core 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 560X and 4GB GDDR5 (Baseline)

3.5xfaster render with ProRender15

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5600M and 8GB HBM2

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5500M and 4GB GDDR6

8-core 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 560X and 4GB GDDR5 (Baseline)

3.4xfaster timeline render performance16

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5600M and 8GB HBM2

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5500M and 4GB GDDR6

8-core 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 560X and 4GB GDDR5 (Baseline)

3.4xfaster effects render17

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5600M and 8GB HBM2

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5500M and 4GB GDDR6

8-core 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 560X and 4GB GDDR5 (Baseline)

3.2xfaster demo fly-through18

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5600M and 8GB HBM2

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5500M and 4GB GDDR6

8-core 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 560X and 4GB GDDR5 (Baseline)

3.1xfaster game performance19

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5600M and 8GB HBM2

8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5500M and 4GB GDDR6

8-core 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 560X and 4GB GDDR5 (Baseline)

2.6xfaster game performance20

Up to3.5xfaster than Radeon Pro 560X

Up to394GB/smemory bandwidth

Keyboard

There’s magic in a perfect workspace.

Everything is where it should be, and everything makes sense.

Laure De Mey

Game Developer
ustwo games

Everything is where it should be, and everything makes sense.

Laure De Mey

Game Developer
ustwo games

The 16-inch MacBook Pro takes workflow efficiency to a new level. The Magic Keyboard features a refined scissor mechanism with 1 mm travel for a responsive, comfortable, and quiet typing experience. The Touch Bar puts powerful shortcuts front and center, and Touch ID provides fast authentication. A dedicated Escape key allows quick switching between modes and views. And the inverted-T arrow keys enable fluid navigation whether you’re flying through lines of code, navigating spreadsheets, or gaming.

Touch Bar. The commands you need most are right where you need them — saving time and keystrokes.

Touch ID. Fast, easy authentication for secure logins and purchases.

Force Touch trackpad. Speed your workflow with Force click and Multi-Touch gestures.

Audio

Bigger bass.
Better mic.

MacBook Pro has a big voice. The six-speaker sound system produces room-filling wide stereo sound like you’ve never heard from a notebook before. Dual force-cancelling woofers dramatically reduce system vibration for a clearer, more natural sound and a half-octave lower range to the bass. And the studio-quality three-mic array rivals professional third-party microphones, for creating superclean podcasts or music recordings on the go.

Six-speaker sound system with dual force-cancelling woofers.

Studio-quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio.

Storage

Bring your whole studio with you.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro has up to 8TB of SSD storage — the most available in any notebook. So you can take your photo or video libraries with you no matter where you’re headed. And with superfast speeds, massive files load in an instant and pro apps launch in a blink.

Up to3.2GB/ssequential read speed21

Battery

A battery with a strong work ethic.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro has the highest-capacity battery we’ve ever put in a notebook. The 100-Wh lithium-polymer battery not only powers the larger display and delivers higher maximum sustained power, it also provides longer battery life — up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing and video playback.22 So you’ll have more time to work between charges — whether you’re on or off the grid.

Up to11 hrsof battery life

Apple T2 Security Chip

The next generation of security.

Every MacBook Pro is equipped with the Apple T2 Security Chip — our second‑generation custom Mac silicon designed to make everything you do even more secure. It includes a Secure Enclave coprocessor that powers Touch ID and provides the foundation for secure boot and encrypted storage capabilities. It also consolidates many discrete controllers, including the system management controller, audio controller, and SSD controller, into one.

Thunderbolt 3

The most powerful and versatile port ever.

Thunderbolt 3 combines ultra‑high bandwidth with the ultra‑versatility of the USB‑C industry standard to create one revved‑up universal port. It integrates data transfer, charging, and video output in a single connector, delivering up to 40Gb/s of throughput for twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2. MacBook Pro is equipped with four ports, so you can do all of that from either side. Existing devices are easily connected with a cable or adapter. And Thunderbolt 3 is reversible, so no matter how you plug in, it’s always right side up.

Supports up to two6Kdisplays

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Doing it all, in all new ways.

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