At 16:35 Moscow time (in Cupertino was 5:35 in the morning!) I got a notification about that in the American online Apple store 16-inch retina MacBook Pro replaced the 15-inch, stained in recent years by numerous flaws. If they can do it? Let’s not be hasty. Reasons for cautious optimism, in my perverted taste, a lot of suspicion.
16-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro?
Press release of the company from the very first lines, impressive death: the performance of 16-inch MacBook Pro increased by 80%. How can this be? MacBook Pro 16 the same processors (Coffee Lake Refresh generation 9) that in the may 15-inch MacBook Pro. Yes, Apple has upgraded the cooling system and replace the graphics processors, but the performance of this grow by 80% could not. Is a fraud or error? They never lie, and they have everything under control, as always. Productivity has increased by 80% compared to some “4-core MacBook Pro”, most likely with the last MBP with a diagonal of 15 inches. In a press release Apple typos or there are no coincidences. They re-read and double-check more carefully than a passenger aircraft for flights across the ocean. And everyone who checks or rechecks puts his signature: “I check that everything is in order, answer.”
Never lied, they misled the inexperienced and inattentive recipients of the press release. Bought anyone on this? Yes. How. Performance write – up, processors – new. And they write this on a MacBook Pro 16. They can already be ordered, but the first independent users of these laptops will only appear on 15 November, the first in the US, the UK and Australia, then in other places. In the Russian online store, for obvious reasons, “shipping unavailable”. Retail Apple Store in the countries where the laptop will November 15, prepare adequately to meet hurricane demand and the reasons for it. This is the first MacBook Pro for a few years which you really want to buy.
New MacBook Pro 16
The keyboard, as I expected – a magical new Apple development. To return to what it was before the MacBook would be a surrender. “Magical” is not an epithet, and its name. She, too, Magic Keyboard, as a standalone keyboard the supplied iMac, despite the fact that it’s a different keyboard. The mechanism of the scissors. Improved Apple. The key travel is 1 mm, which is more than “butterflies”, but less than the keyboard last MacBook Pro with a “normal” keyboard. They say that first Magic Keyboard feels unusual, but it passes very quickly, and it ceases to be perceived as something foreign. Just like old times. A big victory for Apple, almost magic. Anatomy of keys, their size and the distance between them, and every other ergonomics on this keyboard worked like over some AirPods Pro or iPhone 11, seriously and uncompromisingly.
But “butterflies”, though not quickly and not all, people were used to. Their main problem was the low reliability in combination with complete unsuitability for repair turned into a real sabotage against Apple, and its laptops. As before, Apple claims that the new keyboard is reliable and durable. But there are the facts: from now on, if something happens with any of the keys it will be easy to replace by itself. It does not have to change the whole keyboard, together with half a computer. This small local repair. And since Apple took care of all costs, duration of repair was probably the most unbearable aspect of the problem. By the way, 16-inch MacBook Pro is not included in the list of models to be free and almost unconditional replacement by a new one in case of problems with the keyboard. But at least the problem with one or a few keys is no longer a disaster.
Screen size diagonal – 16 inches (40.6 cm). 3072х1920 pixels 226 pixels per inch. Retina, LCD, IPS, DCI-P3, True Tone – screens to the MacBook Pro, no complaints since time immemorial. Those who got in his interim order MBP 16 before the start of their sale, found in these screens “extraordinary brightness”, but in fact the brightness is the same as the 15-inch MacBook Pro may 2019. Touch Bar – on the spot, but the Escape button and Touch ID was separated from him, and they are no longer virtual. Real. The set of connectors is the same as the previous MacBook Pro, but they are different inside. MacBook Pro now supports up to two 6K displays when they are connected one by one with the left and right side of the keyboard. Two Apple Pro XDR display, at the same time? May MBP, under the same conditions, supported two 5K display. As before, four USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) can be used to connect four 4K displays. Or two 6K and two 4K. 3.5 mm analogue output for headphones – on the spot. As the FaceTime camera, with 720p the same as before. Compared to may MacBook Pro this year, 16-inch MBP increased in size (fat) and gained weight. Dimensions of novelty – of 1.62 x 35,79 x of 24.59 cm, weight – 2 kg. his ancestor, respectively – 1.55 x of 34.99 x of 24.07 cm and 1.83 kg.
The battery capacity is 100 Watt-hours. Laptops with batteries with a capacity more than 100 Watt-hours FAA (Federal aviation administration USA) prohibits airlines to carry on Board aircraft. The ban has already led to the scandals, but like many other prohibitions in the airline industry it is written with blood and not going anywhere. If not for that, the capacity of the battery in MBP 16 would have been even more – according to Apple. Capacity may MBP 15 was 83.6 per Watt-hour. Battery life MBP 16 increased in comparison with its ancestor for an hour, up to 11 hours. I’m writing this on 13 November 2019, when still no one independent user has failed to verify this statement by Apple, they still have one so did not use.
For me it’s a surprise – people (musicians and experts in audio) the MBP 16 is praised for the excellent quality of its audio system (6 speakers, a great range of frequencies), and for very good Studio quality MICS (three of them). This large MacBook Pro has been the first year everything was very good, they got better. I know there are naturalists who are not too lazy to compare the sound system of this laptop with her colleagues in the elite class, who will find it lame but for us it is important what it is and what it does not cause disgust, even among experts.
Prices for the new MacBook Pro
Another “the most sensitive issue”, with the intensification of disease symptoms which those who want a Apple laptop was, at least in words, are ready to accept. But Apple never listens to its customers, and did not go on about them. In short, the prices of basic configurations for 16-inch MacBook Pro are the same as the 15-inch MacBook Pro six months ago – same 2 and 2 399 799 dollars (excluding taxes and fees). In Russia these configurations are 199 990 ₽ 232 990 ₽, the price includes all taxes and fees. More precisely, it will be worth – while “shipping unavailable”.
In a cheaper configuration 6-core Intel Core i7 2.6 GHz (i9-9750H), SSDS of 512 GB and AMD Radeon Pro 5300М c 4GB GDDR6. In the more expensive 8 – core Intel 2.3 GHz Core i9 (i9-9850H), SSD 1 TB, AMD Radeon 5500М Pro with 4GB of GDDR6. In both configurations installed 16 GB of RAM. In any of them, for a fee, you can replace the CPU on an Intel 2.4 GHz Core i9 (i9-9950HK), is still the most efficient processor for notebooks in the world. The RAM size can be increased to 64 GB, and HDD capacity up to 8TB. Read more about configuration and how much it is worth – I’ll write another time, but to conceal from you one interesting detail I was not able: the maximum configuration Intel 2.4 GHz Core i9 (i9-9950HK), with 64 GB of RAM, SSD capacity of 8 TB and AMD Radeon 5500М Pro with 8GB of GDDR6 5 is $ 299 (excluding taxes and fees), in American online store. This must be said: offhand, this configuration could draw 10 thousand.
What options will be available in Russia, and how much they will cost, I don’t know. “Shipping is unavailable”, the “Buy” button is inactive, and access to the Configurator is possible only after clicking it.