Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro: hands-on first impressions

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Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro: hands-on first impressions


We thought there might be a new MacBook Pro by the end of the year after all Apple has a new Mac Pro that's that big crazy cheese grater that's coming out in December there is indeed a new MacBook Pro and I've got it right here and I've just started looking at it it's a 16 inch MacBook Pro that's got upgraded processing a 16 inch display better graphics better audio better microphones better battery but the number one thing you're going to be most curious about is this kind of new keyboard and I just started playing with it haven't even been using the MacBook Pro 16 inch for a full day these are my very early impressions using it so far typing on it and just getting a feel for it an FYI the specs on the model I got from Apple it's a 2.4 gigahertz 8 core Intel Core I 9/9 gen 32 gigabytes of RAM and

AMD Radeon Pro 5500 M graphics and let's check a look 2 terabytes of SSD which can be expanded up to 8 terabytes now and the RAM can be expanded up to 64 gigs we'll find out what those configurations turn out to price-wise but it starts at $23.99 let's talk about Apple keyboards they were great and they didn't used to be a problem I remember owning a ton of Mac books and loving the experience typing on them I have a 2012 MacBook at home that the keys have really nice travel and that's what I was used to then things changed Apple introduced this butterfly keyboard with the 12-inch MacBook and created this flatter typing experience that turned a lot of people off and it also started having a whole bunch of problems a lot of people had issues with keys that would break or jam if stuff got under them they'd be very hard to replace

Apple extended its repair program and is a big issue now Apple has decided to change the keyboard again not on the other Mac books that are out there but on the new MacBook Pro and the keyboard that it put in is kind of like a retrofit to one that already exists the iMac and iMac pro magic keyboard and this is called a magic keyboard what this means your new type on them is not really anything exciting it's what you expect to keyboard to be the keys click in more they have more travel this has a millimeter of key travel that's less than what the older MacBook Pros and MacBooks used to have like I have on my 2012 model but it's a lot better than the butterfly keyboards that feel flat and almost not like keys at all this is my favorite in-between feel it's also backlit and they use a mechanism that also has a little rubber dome underneath apparently that means that the keys can be removable so I think it should be easier to repair we don't know that much more about it but it sounds promising and typing with it for just a little bit of time it's a great keyboard

I can definitely feel there's more travel here it still feels clicky though but I feel like the keys are actually moving its the keyboard that I wanted on the other MacBooks now to be clear I've used a MacBook Air from 2018 as my work computer and I think those keyboards are fine when they're not breaking so I been used to typing on screens I have a lot of forgiveness for weird typing mechanisms so those keyboards are okay I think this keyboards a lot better and it sounds like it's gonna be a lot more durable so that's good news then we have to come up with a whole new MacBook to introduce a whole new keyboard no and and this is the other question is when will they introduce this keyboard into other Mac books that's totally unclear the MacBook Pro 16 inch starts at $23.99 so it's not a MacBook for everyone or even for me but it's out there and maybe Apple will adapt this keyboard into its other

Mac books but they haven't announced that yet and they haven't made it clear when that would happen FYI also Apple made a big deal out of the Escape key which used to be part of the touch bar and was not a real key at all I've never really used the touch bar and I'm not really wild about it but it's here on the 16 inch and you can't opt out of it it's smaller this time it doesn't have any vibrating tactile response it's still basically a touchscreen but touch ID is now broken out a little bit like on the MacBook Air so at least you can feel for it if we're not looking at the screen and there's an actual Escape key which Apple says is a big deal for programmers or maybe just for anyone but why not make the rest of those real keys - I would not mind that option let me just pick this thing up and show it to you so the 16 inch MacBook Pro has thin bezels it feels like the thinnest bezel MacBook that I've seen in a while and the chassis is meant to feel a lot like the 15-inch

MacBook Pro which by the way is no longer being sold by Apple the 16 inch pros their replacement for that and it starts at the same price that the 15 inch used to be at now that being said you could probably get that 15 inch MacBook Pro on sale from a lot of other places but this on paper sounds like a much better laptop because of its processor bumps its display its keyboard the battery in here is 800 watt hour which Apple says will last about an hour more in daily use so 11 hours versus the last claim of 10 hours but it's a much bigger battery so I'd love to see how that works as far as performance for games for graphics stay tuned for that and the weight of it I mean it's not a light laptop this is 4.3 pounds it's not bad though I feel like you're buying a laptop like this because you want to perform its powerhouse you're not looking for the lightest thing so it still feels fine to hold like this

I wouldn't want to hold it like that for long but it's a it's compact it feels good it's just you know you're dealing with a slightly larger bodied laptop them before a bit bigger footprint and a tiny tiny bit thicker the trackpad on these Mac books by the way are tremendous this one doesn't seem like it's any bigger but I always loved the fact that I could like put my whole hand on it I don't know if I need that but it's a lot of space you'll notice that there's a lot of space here though on either side of the keyboard part of that is to accommodate a six speaker array that is in this including subwoofers that are meant to cancel themselves out for aberration and provide this booming sound which does sound really great do you need really great speakers in your MacBook Pro maybe if you're producing you know professional films and you need to play them back the microphones on here are also meant to be according to

Apple podcast worthy so you could record something that you could use in a studio setting Lee triple array of mics but again if you're a pro user you probably have something else that you're plugging in but fYI that's in there too as far as the ports go there are still just four Thunderbolt three ports or hey there are four Thunderbolt three ports depending on which way you think about it there are no extra ports which could be really frustrating for you but you could use any of them to charge your macbook pro which by the way comes with a slightly higher wattage charger 96 watts this time but again like a big white brick who is this for well definitely not for me because I'm not the super pro user but we're gonna be giving a lot of pro thoughts about the MacBook Pro and its performance you can get a lot of other laptops for Less including Mac books that perform just fine that aren't this expensive but it's cool that Apple is releasing something that's overdue as far as a big performance boost especially with the

Mac Pro coming out which is in making a big leap for article and graphics and 8k there are a lot more questions you're gonna have about this laptop Pro users want to know all about the performance but in the few hours I've had with this laptop and been able to answer those yet and I'm not going to I was really curious about the keyboard I've been looking forward to a new keyboard on a MacBook for a long time and it's great this is my favorite typing experience I'm not wild about the touch bar though I wish that were changed maybe have tactile feedback or go with physical buttons for more on the MacBook Pro 16 inch including benchmarks graphics performance and a lot more stay tuned on TlcShoppe.

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