Apple announce all-new 16 inch MacBook Pro with new “Magic Keyboard” and Navi Graphics!

It’s here, Apple’s infamous and very expected all-new MacBook Pro and, we’re not going to lie, it’s a lot better than we were expecting to be honest. Does it have the same divisive keyboard, no, does it still have the ancient Polaris AMD Graphics, no, all these improvements in a 15 inch form factor and price point, this is actually looking fairly decent!

Speaking of the looking like, in terms of design, you’d be hard pressed to tell much difference from the 15 inch it actually replaces, which means the same 4 USB-C ports but outside of that we’re actually fairly praised surrounding the improvements.

16 inch display

Supporting a 3072 x 1920 resolution, the 16 inch display on the new MacBook Pro is literally a slightly increased 15 inch one, with the same PPI to show for it, supporting P3 colour gamut and a very bright 500-nits of brightness.

This all from a form factor the same size as the 15 inch which means the display is far closer to the edge and looks incredible. What won’t look incredible is that Apple have decided to keep the quite-frankly abysmal 720p Webcam on the top.

AMD Navi makes it to a real Mac!

This is a big one! For the longest time, we’re talking nearly 10 years now, the Mac notebook line up has just had very small incremental upgrades to more or less the identical Graphics cards from AMD. We’d blame AMD if they didn’t already have better solutions out there, but they did. Apple did add support for some low power Vega cards if you had the money for it, but finally you can get a Mac and use AMD’s RDNA architecture with their Navi Graphics Cards.

RX 5300M and RX 5500M

These are a big step up from the Radeon Pro 555X you had from the previous MacBook Pro, in fact in terms of the 5500M, it’s worth mentioning this is being put in to gaming PCs for high performance 1080p gaming, so that should tell you in itself that these are worlds better. What’s also nice to see is that they’re not as costly as the older Graphics.

The base models 16 inch MacBook Pros come with either the 5300M or 5500M in their lower 4GB GDDR6 variants, but for not that much more you can top out at the 8GB GDDR6 variant of the 5500M which we would recommend you do, especially as it’s only £180 more on the base, or £90 more on the second base model.

These are a great step up, and definitely worth the extra buck.

That keyboard … is actually good again!

Whilst it may seem the last variant of the butterfly keyboards did fix the issues with the keyboards, Apple seem to have very much heard the call and have gone back to scissor keys on the new 16 inch MacBook Pro, a hallelujah we can already here for so many. This has resulted in the machine being slightly thicker and weighty than it could have been, but we expect this is a more than a perfectly fine trade off for practically everyone.

The keyboard isn’t the MacBook Pro keyboard of yore, it still has a reduced travel, but it will definitely be more reliable, you know, like other Computers.

Specs

The MacBook Pro 16 inch features the latest-ish Intel processors, latest AMD graphics, keyboard it shouldn’t of taken this long to get, and more, and starts at the same price as the 15 inch, but of course it goes further;

15 inch base model – £2,399

  • 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6
  • 16GB 2666Mhz DDR4 memory
  • 512GB SSD

As far as Apple goes, the base spec isn’t actually that bad, as we mentioned earlier though we would tweak the Graphics, but we’re still very impressed with what you get here, this in every category nearly destroys the previous gen.

15 inch high tier – £2,799

  • 2.4Ghz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6
  • 1TB SSD

Whilst this spec does get you the Intel Core i9 and an SSD upgrade, this is really only for those who want to go all out, which is next, but when looking at upgrading the lower tier, it does work out worth it

15 inch maxed out – £5,769

  • 2.4Ghz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9
  • 64GB DDR4 RAM
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6
  • 8TB SSD

Let’s be fair, that SSD is the majority of that price point, but that’s as far as you can chug it and with the added thickness, redesigned cooling, it should be able to deliver it!


Apple’s all new 16 inch MacBook Pro goes on sale in a couple weeks, will you be picking one up?

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