Apple launched its 16-inch Macbook Pro lineup, improving the overall performance and listening to its consumers. Finally, Apple has done everything to optimize the 16-inch Macbook. They have ditch their thin form factor, adding some bulk into the Macbook for better performance and packing a huge battery. The 16-inch model has caught eyes of every prosumer, reviewer, etc. So what did Apple do to impress everyone? Here the new updates on the new Macbook Pro.
Improvement on Every Corner:
Apple finally ditched the thin frame body and added some hunk to the body. The thickness is a trade-off to the lowered thermals. The Macbook weighs 2 Kg or 4.3 pounds. Everyone hated those butterfly key-switch on the laptop and went on with their old scissor-switch, which has 1 mm key travel. The annoying thing in the previous model was the touch Escape key. The Escape key was in the touch bar, which was an eyesore. Finally, Apple made a standalone escape key on the keyboard.
On top of that, the laptop comes with a fingerprint sensor and supports touch ID. Even more robust security on your device, now your data will be safe if you forget your laptop on the Starbucks or KFC. ( We don’t have Starbucks. Now, this is sad news.)
Thermals on the laptop improved significantly with noticeable performance gain. Apple has redesigned the fans, heatsink, and thermal design, making it optimal for the 6-core and 8-core to run at their highest rated frequency. The larger sophisticated fans draw in more air for better cooling and have enlarged the exhaust vents. The heatsink has been made a bit thicker so that there is better thermal contact and dissipation. Apple claimed the new design has a 28% increase in airflow, and the heatsink is 38% larger for better heat dissipation.
Talking about the screen, Apple always had the best screen on the market. Apple ships the 16-inch laptop with a resolution of 3072×1920 Retina Display. The display has a pixel density of 226 PPI and a max brightness of 500 nits. Every display is factory calibrated for peak color accuracy. Apple is doing this for its consumers, better call them as prosumers. It supports variable refresh rate (60Hz and lower), better for the creator who edits the videos on the same frame rate it was captured
Apple has made tons of upgrade on the device. Apple has changed the base model storage to 512 GB SSD. It seems Apple has bumped up the base model’s storage. Apple now provides a storage upgrade to 8TB SSD. The RAM also appears to get an upgrade; Apple upgraded the RAM frequency on a higher RAM module. You can max out the laptop with 64GB of RAM. It comes with AMD new RX 5500 graphics available in 2 capacity 4GB and 8GB.
The audio department of the device also got an upgrade. The microphone sounds great, but the speaker got a nice upgrade. It currently fits a professional-grade mic array with reduced mic hiss improved signal to noise ratio. Apple even claims that it competes with the studio microphones giving super clean audio. The speaker has an uplifted bass performance, sounds louder, and gives off audio like a subwoofer. Apple-patented force-canceling speakers? Apple has designed a speaker that cancels vibration on the speak resulting in rich and distortion-free audio.
With increased body size comes even larger battery. The device comes with a 100wh battery and 8Hr usage time. Packed with the large but adequate battery, it’s the maximum battery capacity that you can carry on the airplane. Going on a trip, need to edit on the road? Content Creators are going to be satisfied with it. Might say that the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo as its competitor on the rise.
Pricing and Availability:
The base model will be available for $2,399, and the maxed-out model will cost you a whopping $6,099. Well, it looks like it is going to cost more than an arm and a leg. The laptops will be available from November and will be available from New Year in Nepal. Looking at the pricing, it will cost above 3 Lakhs in Nepal for the base model.
The new 16-inch MacBook seems like a suitable device for a content creator, editor, are anyone who needs a well-performing capable device for their work. The word “Pro” on the device defines it all, this ain’t a laptop for the casual users. It’s for professionals who need a portable device, and need to do work on the go. It seems Apple listen to their customers and built it for their prosumers. For a guy who is new to the Mac, the ecosystem might get hiccups using the new MacBook and adaptation to its ecosystem needs time. The laptop has decent gaming performance but who buys a Mac for gaming.
It seems like a massive content creation laptop, a.k.a mini portable workstation of every professional and prosumer is finally here.