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  • - Here it is.

  • Apple just released it.

  • It's a 16 inch MacBook Pro.

  • No big keynote, no Phil Schiller bestriding the stage

  • like the colossus of computers that he is.

  • Nope, just tada!

  • It's a new MacBook Pro with a 16 inch screen, and actually,

  • it is designed to replace the old 15 inch MacBook Pro.

  • This is just now discontinued,

  • we've only got the 16 inch.

  • And there've a lot of complaints

  • about this 15 inch MacBook Pro,

  • and Apple I think tried to address a bunch of them

  • but not quite all of them.

  • The goal I think was to bring back the magic of this guy.

  • The old MacBook Pro, the one that everybody likes.

  • The last one that everybody likes, actually.

  • So, what did Apple do to change the new 16 inch Macbook Pro?

  • Well, the first thing they did,

  • the most important thing that they did,

  • is they updated the keyboard,

  • actually kind of went backwards.

  • It is a scissor switch keyboard.

  • It isn't butterfly, it's way quieter,

  • it's got more key travel.

  • It's one millimeter of key travel.

  • Apple calls it a "Magic Keyboard"

  • 'cause it pulled from the Bluetooth Magic Keyboard,

  • but whatever, it's a traditional keyboard.

  • It has a little bit more of a thunk and a clunk

  • than a spring and a snap,

  • but at least it's not tick-tick-ticky

  • like the butterfly keyboards are.

  • The other great thing about this keyboard:

  • real, genuine, physical escape key

  • and inverted T arrow keys, which are way, way easier to hit.

  • Now, there is a little bit more space between the keys.

  • That's because the key caps are just a little bit smaller.

  • Apple also says that the key caps are a little bit stabler,

  • which, I don't know, whatever.

  • There's also a little bit more space between the keys

  • and the touch bar, which is still here

  • and it's still fine.

  • The other really, really important thing

  • that Apple changed on the 16 inch MacBook Pro

  • compared to the last generation 15 inch

  • is the thermals on the inside.

  • So, the heat sink on the processor

  • is 30-something percent bigger,

  • the fans have changed so they can blow 28% more air.

  • They've even moved some stuff around on the logic board

  • to help with getting the thermals out,

  • getting the heat out of this thing.

  • Apple says that all of those changes means

  • that they can run the processor with 12 more watts

  • of power at heavy loads than they could

  • on the last generation, and that's a big, big deal

  • because there were lots of problems with thermal throttling

  • on the last generation MacBook Pro.

  • You could put it in a freezer and it would work better

  • and hopefully this won't require that.

  • Obviously, we haven't had a chance to fully test it,

  • 'cause I've only had this thing for a half a day so far,

  • but we're gonna give that a look during the full review.

  • So those are the two most important things

  • that Apple just had to fix on this MacBook Pro,

  • so I wanted to get them out of the way right away,

  • but we should talk specs.

  • So, there's a couple of configurations

  • that are available at the base

  • and you can spec it all the way up.

  • So let's talk about them.

  • There is a 6-core Core i7 Intel processor

  • or a 8-core Core i9,

  • and these are ninth generation Intel processors,

  • 'cause tenth generation isn't available for the wattage

  • that you want on these machines anyway.

  • They start at 16 GB of DDR4 RAM,

  • but you can spec it all the way up to 64 GB of RAM.

  • It also starts at 512 GB of SSD storage.

  • You can spec that up to 8 TB of storage,

  • which the thing would probably cost like, $10,000,

  • who knows, but if you need all that power

  • and all that storage, you can go get it on this thing.

  • As far as graphics, Apple is staying with what it knows.

  • You can get a Radeon 5300 or a Radeon 5500, sure.

  • In terms of battery, there's a 100 watt hour battery,

  • which is exactly the limit that the FAA allows

  • for regular people like us to take on a laptop on a plane,

  • and so that's what Apple put in this thing.

  • And that battery means that thing weighs 4.3 pounds,

  • which is a little bit heavier.

  • It also means that it's .07 millimeters thicker

  • than the last generation,

  • but you know what, I'm fine with that.

  • This is the powerhouse MacBook Pro.

  • It should be allowed to be just a little bit thicker

  • to get you the better thermals,

  • get you the better battery life.

  • Apple says that it should last about an hour longer

  • than the last generation MacBook Pro,

  • but obviously we're going to have to test that.

  • All right, the screen.

  • We should probably talk about the 16 inch screen

  • on the 16 inch MacBook Pro. (groans)

  • So, it's a 3072 by 1920 screen.

  • It gets up to 500 nits of brightness

  • and it has a P3 wide color gamut.

  • It looks pretty great to me.

  • The bezels are a little bit slimmer on the left

  • and the right and the top and the bottom,

  • but not by that much.

  • You can still see the bezels, and the webcam at the top

  • by the way, is still the same old webcam.

  • They didn't really improve that that much.

  • I think the screen looks great.

  • I think Mac screens always look pretty great

  • and I don't think this is gonna be an exception.

  • The last thing that I wanna talk about

  • and I did not expect that I would be talking about this

  • is the quality of the sound coming out of these speakers.

  • It is incredibly good.

  • Apple says that it's a six speaker array.

  • It says that there's woofers, two on each side

  • that actually cancel out each other's vibrations

  • so that the thing can get an octave lower,

  • give you a better bass without kind of

  • rattling the keyboard or whatever.

  • And just in a couple of songs that I've listened to,

  • it seems really good, so I'm really excited

  • to listen to more music on this thing

  • and see just how good it is.

  • Apple also says that there is a three mic array

  • that is studio-quality and that it could live up to, say,

  • a Bluetooth microphone for podcasting. (Correction: 'Blue microphone' instead of 'Bluetooth')

  • I don't know about that,

  • but we're definitely gonna test that out too.

  • All right, so that's the main stuff

  • that you need to know about the brand new

  • 16 inch MacBook Pro.

  • You could go out and order it right now if you wanted to,

  • but you shouldn't.

  • You should wait for reviews.

  • We've only had this thing for a little while.

  • So for example, we've run a couple of video export tests

  • compared to last year's model,

  • and it seems maybe just a little bit faster,

  • a little bit less thermally throttled,

  • but we need to do more testing to know for sure.

  • My hope is that it could maybe live up

  • to the last MacBook Pro that everybody loved,

  • the old 2015 MacBook Pro 15 inch with all the ports.

  • This doesn't have all the ports.

  • It's got 4 Thunderbolt and a headphone jack!

  • Hooray, headphone jack!

  • But it could bring us back to loving our Macs again.

  • We'll see in the full review.

  • And I want to know what you want to know

  • about the 16 inch MacBook Pro,

  • 'cause that's how I want to run the review.

  • So let me know down in the comments

  • and I will see you next week.

  • (smooth music)

  • (keyboards clicking)

- Here it is.

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