The all-new 16-inch MacBook Pro®, Apple’s most powerful and featured-packed notebook ever, has been released.

This new MacBook Pro features an immersive 16-inch Retina® display, performance up to 80 percent faster, the latest 8-core processors, the largest battery capacity ever and advanced thermal architecture that enables the system to run at higher power for sustained periods of time.

The Pro also introduces the Magic Keyboard™ . It’s magic because it functions beautifully, says Apple.  Previous versions of the MacBook Pro came with a butterfly keyboard that exhibited several issues, resulting in Apple having to offer a maintenance program to repair or replace faulty keyboards.

The Magic Keyboard now features a redesigned scissor-switch mechanism backed by glass fiber-reinforced keys.  The result is a keyboard that provides 4x more key stability than the former design, with just 1mm travel for a more satisfying feel and user experience and hopefully more reliable performance.

While the new Pro still features a Touch Bar™ with a Touch ID® sensor in place of the classic F-keys, another important keyboard enhancement is the return of the physical Escape key and the reinstatement of the traditional inverted-T layout for the arrow keys.  Apple purists are rejoicing everywhere ...

But let’s not bury the lead here, as the computer itself is the real story.  This new MacBook Pro features an immersive 16-inch Retina® display, performance up to 80 percent faster, the latest 8-core processors, the largest batter capacity ever and advanced thermal architecture that enables the system to run at higher power for sustained periods of time.  

The "world’s best pro notebook," says Apple, is not for everyone.  It was designed for developers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists, music producers and anyone who relies on a Mac® to create their life’s best work.  Accordingly, while replacing the 15-inch MacBook Pro atop Apple’s notebook line, prices for the 16-inch MacBook Pro start at $2,399.

(Apple also announced the new Mac Pro® — starting at $5,999 — and Apple Pro Display XDR — starting at $4,999 — will ship this month.  Watch this space for more details soon.)

You might expect the display to be the Pro's most notable feature — and it is legitimately bigger — with that 16-inch diagonal measurement and a slightly higher native resolution.  That translates to a scaled default resolution of 1792-by-1120, up from 1680-by-1050, so the new MacBook Pro will show even more gorgeous content on the screen than the previous model.

To drive that larger screen, the Pro continues to offer both integrated (for better battery life) and discrete (for faster performance) graphics.  On the latter side, you can choose from the AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4 GB of memory, or the Radeon Pro 5500M with either 4 GB or 8 GB of memory.  Those graphics chips simultaneously support up to four 4K external displays or up to two 6K displays.

Apple clearly had audio professionals in mind while designing the 16-inch MacBook Pro.  Along with its beefy processors, high RAM ceilings and massive storage options, all very popular with the audio crowd, the new notebook features significantly improved audio input and speakers.

For input, the MacBook Pro relies on a three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beam forming that Apple claims delivers a 40% reduction in hiss.  And equally compelling for anyone who listens to music is the new six-speaker, high-fidelity sound system.  Its force-canceling woofers with dual opposed speaker drivers reduce unwanted and sound-distorting vibrations and enable the bass to go half an octave deeper than the previous model.  There’s still a 3.5mm headphone jack too.

With all this firepower, the form factor of the 16-inch MacBook Pro is still only 8mm wider and 5mm deeper than the outgoing 15-inch model.  It does gain some weight, however, sitting at 4.3 pounds vs. the 4.02 pounds of the previous notebook.  802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 remain standard for wireless connectivity, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro continues to offer four Thunderbolt 3.0 ports for charging and connectivity.  You’ll still need a collection of dongles for connecting to USB-A peripherals, HDMI and DisplayPort monitors, Ethernet networks and more.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is available through apple.com and Apple retail outlets everywhere.  It is available in either silver or space gray and ships with macOS® 10.15 Catalina.  As referenced, the base model starts at $2,399 with 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage, a 6-core Intel Core i7 processor and the AMD Radeon 5300M graphics chip. But if you need more power, a maxed-out configuration with 64 GB of RAM and an 8 TB SSD  weighs in at an eye-opening $6,099.

Whether you are a Pro user or an aspiring one, CranstonIT can help address your questions about the next-gen capabilities of mobile computing.  Our techs are test-driving the 16-inch MacBook Pro now and are anxious to share their findings.  Contact CranstonIT today at 888-813-5558 or support@cranstonit.com for more information.