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  • - I want to tell you a little story

  • about the year 2019.

  • In June at WWDC, Apple announced iPadOS

  • which, feature for feature,

  • addressed a bunch of complaints that we had,

  • like USB drives and web browsing.

  • And Apple also announced the new Mac Pro,

  • which finally replaced the old trash can

  • and was designed for the way pros actually need

  • to use their computers - they just made it big again.

  • And then in September, Apple released the iPhone 11

  • and 11 Pro, and it fixed the things that people care

  • the most about - camera quality and battery life.

  • Apple also just made it a little bit thicker.

  • Finally, Apple put a smart keyboard connector

  • on the base of iPad, and then a little bit later,

  • released the AirPods Pro, which actually stay

  • in my ears, and they also happen to do noise canceling.

  • It has been a year of Apple doing obvious things.

  • Not the flashiest things, not the, "This changes everything"

  • things, just the things that we wanted Apple to do.

  • And so now we have this, the new 16" MacBook Pro.

  • In a parallel universe, we wouldn't review this

  • on a video at all, because it would just be

  • a minor spec bump.

  • Instead, it is a laptop full of Apple fixing the things

  • that is has done wrong on the MacBook for years.

  • It's a pretty good way to cap off 2019.

  • (relaxed synth music)

  • Let's just start by catching you up on the basics

  • of what's new with this laptop,

  • even though by now you're probably already familiar.

  • So, the screen is half an inch or so bigger than before,

  • so it's 16 inches now.

  • The keyboard has been switched to the new scissor switch,

  • a more traditional kind of switch,

  • along with a real escape key.

  • The laptop has also been made just a little bit thicker

  • and it's a little bit better at dissipating heat

  • than before.

  • The speakers are all new and they're amazing,

  • and the graphics cards are the most interesting part

  • of all the spec bumps here.

  • But if you want, you can get a ton of RAM

  • or storage, if you need to get those.

  • I asked a bunch of you what you wanted me to test

  • on this computer on YouTube, and on my email newsletter

  • and on Twitter, and I got a ton of responses

  • but they all break down into some

  • pretty predictable categories.

  • And at the tippy top of that list is the keyboard,

  • so let's do this.

  • (keys tapping)

  • The keyboard is absolutely good.

  • In some ways it's leap ahead of other modern keyboards,

  • it has good key travel, and the backlight doesn't

  • bleed out all over the place.

  • In terms of key feel, it's firm and not really that springy,

  • at least compared to the old 2015 MacBooks,

  • but I like it.

  • It has a satisfying and fairly quiet thunk.

  • (keys striking)

  • It really is a massive upgrade over those butterfly keys,

  • and iFixit says that the key caps

  • are easy to replace too.

  • And yes, there is now an escape key again,

  • and the arrow keys are way easier to hit

  • because they have this inverted T shape.

  • All the keys are spaced a little bit further apart

  • because the key caps are just a little bit smaller,

  • and it's much less likely that you're going to

  • accidentally tap on the touch bar.

  • Oh yeah, the touch bar.

  • I personally don't know anybody who really loves it.

  • You can use third party tools like BetterTouchTool

  • or Pock to change it up,

  • but it's not going anywhere and so you might as well

  • get used to it.

  • Got a bunch of questions about battery life,

  • especially since there's a 100-watt hour battery,

  • the FA limit, inside this thing,

  • and it seems good.

  • I am getting through a full day of work

  • up to the eight-hour range

  • just doing my basic web, Twitter, YouTube office stuff

  • that I do.

  • I mean it certainly should, it has that giant battery

  • inside this chonk.

  • It weighs 4.3lbs and it's just a little bit bigger

  • than the other 15" MacBooks,

  • but unless your 15" laptop was already tight in your bag,

  • this one should probably fit in there just fine.

  • Oh, by the way, I also had people ask

  • if the battery drains even when it's plugged in

  • and you've got it under heavy load,

  • and so far that hasn't happened to me at all.

  • Next up, a lot of people asked about performance

  • and specifically thermal throttling,

  • so we need to talk about that for a minute.

  • Basically Apple had a big problem on it's hands last year

  • with the last MacBook Pro, which was

  • all kinds of unpredictable when it came to

  • slowing down the processor because of heat.

  • Apple released some software updates which helped,

  • but the bottom line is that that laptop

  • couldn't run as hot as other laptops.

  • This year, Apple increased the size of the heatsink,

  • made the fans blow more air,

  • and even added a little bit of thickness

  • to help with airflow, and it worked.

  • There can be any number of things off with this benchmark

  • that you're looking at on your screen right now.

  • Unless you're really carefully testing it

  • in like lab conditions, all sorts of random variables

  • are going to change your result.

  • But what I see here is a processor that can hit it's turbo

  • and then settles into an entirely predictable,

  • stable, and respectable speed over time,

  • and that is not what we saw last year.

  • So, you know, bravo.

  • But more important than benchmarks is results,

  • and a lot of you asked me to run your particular software

  • and tools and y'all, I just gotta tell you,

  • I'm not going to be able to test everybody's workflow.

  • I just can't afford to buy that much software too.

  • But what I can tell is that for our video team,

  • the improvements here in Adobe Premiere Pro

  • over last year's model are pretty modest.

  • Compared to a fairly comparable machine from a year ago,

  • this 16" was like 3-5% faster

  • on a half-hour export.

  • That's not much, but then again Adobe isn't great

  • at utilizing the GPU.

  • Now, Jonathan Morrison runs Final Cut Pro 10

  • and I'll link to the video where he tested this below,

  • and he saw much more improvement.

  • I also saw some GPU improvements myself.

  • Here is "Rise of the Tomb Raider"

  • it's running with all the default graphics settings

  • on a 2018 6-core i9 with a Radeon Pro Vega 20

  • and then this new 2019 16" with an 8-core i9

  • and the Radeon Pro 5500M.

  • The old MacBook got 29.99 frames per second,

  • and this 16" was around 52.

  • Here's where I land on performance.

  • It is better year over year, just like you'd expect,

  • especially on graphics,

  • but it's not a huge change unless your software

  • really uses the GPU.

  • It's also pretty great that you can get as much storage

  • or RAM as you want, so long as you're willing to pay for it.

  • The base model starts at $2,399 but there are

  • a ton of options,

  • and so you can get it all the way up to $6,099

  • if you need to.

  • Now, I only got a couple of questions

  • about the new speakers and the new studio microphones

  • which is kind of a bummer,

  • because these are actually my favorite parts

  • of this computer, especially the speakers

  • which do this really clever thing

  • where the two woofers on each side

  • cancel out each other's vibrations

  • which allows for more bass.

  • We set up a bunch of laptops and audio gear

  • back in our New York studio last week,

  • and we just tried it all out.

  • All right, so we're here in the studio

  • and Andrew has set up a bunch of cool audio gear.

  • We've got binaural audio recording microphones

  • with ears on them and a Blue microphone,

  • but what you're listening to right now

  • is the studio three-mic array from the MacBook Pro itself,

  • and we're going to compare this microphone

  • to a few other things,

  • and I'm going to read the same thing across all of them

  • because then we'll have an equal test.

  • So, four-score and seven years ago,

  • our fathers brought forth onto this continent

  • a new nation conceived in liberty

  • and dedicated to the proposition that all men

  • are created equal.

  • All right, we're back on the 2019 16" MacBook Pro

  • and since these are studio-quality microphones

  • we should probably listen to some actual music on them,

  • so let's do that.

  • (cheerful acoustic strumming)

  • The really impressive thing with this laptop though

  • is the speakers.

  • Apple has a six-speaker array, three on each side,

  • and two of them on each side are these woofers

  • that are designed to cancel out each other's vibrations.

  • And you really have to hear it in person to hear it,

  • but what you're listening to right now

  • is me talking into the ear-shaped microphones

  • on this binaural audio set-up,

  • and so we'll do our best so that you can try and hear

  • a little bit of it,

  • but you really need to wear headphones

  • to catch the differences here, if it works.

  • (high-intensity synth music)

  • So the microphone, it's pretty good

  • but it's maybe not quite studio quality.

  • The speakers though, they are the best that I've ever heard

  • on a laptop.

  • Here is what I think of the 16" MacBook Pro.

  • The speakers and the microphone are huge upgrades,

  • the screen is a small upgrade,

  • and the performance is a decent upgrade

  • depending on whether or not your software needs a good GPU.

  • And then there's the keyboard,

  • which is a massive upgrade

  • if you compare it to the butterfly keys,

  • and a medium upgrade if you compare it to

  • literally any other keyboard.

  • The 16" MacBook Pro is the first MacBook Pro in years

  • that doesn't come with any major caveats.

  • If you've been holding out on buying one,

  • this is the one that you've been waiting for.

  • All of which leads me to the other question,

  • maybe the most-asked question that I got.

  • What about the 13" MacBook Pro?

  • What about the MacBook Air?

  • Are they going to get the new or the old, the keyboard?

  • Are they going to get the keyboard?

  • Well, I wish I knew.

  • But if 2020 is anything like 2019

  • and Apple just keeps doing the obvious things,

  • I'm optimistic.

  • Hey everybody, thank you so much for watching.

  • Let me know down in the comments,

  • is this the laptop that you've been waiting for?

  • Also it's LA Auto week, and there is a ton of stuff.

  • We saw the Mustang Mach-E SUV electric thing from Ford,

  • and Elon Musk has tweeted that the Cybertruck

  • is coming tonight,

  • so keep it locked to the Verge.

- I want to tell you a little story

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/28
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