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The MacBook Pro, Now in 16 Inches

The new/old keyboard design should overall improve user comfort. (Apple)

Apple released a new 16-inch MacBook Pro on November 13, fully replacing the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Compared to its previous generation, the new MacBook Pro naturally has multiple basic upgrades. The 16” Pro comes with MacOS Catalina and all of its features, including improved security, Sidecar, and app updates; however, this also means no 32-bit app support. In terms of storage, the basic 16” Pro has a 512 GB SSD, up from the 256 GB SSD of the 15” Pro. For battery life, it has up to 11 hours for web use, an increase from the 15” Pro’s 10 hours of battery life.

The 16” Pro has also partially reverted its keyboard to the older models of Macs. Instead of using the 15” Pro’s butterfly keyboard, the 16” Pro uses a scissor keyboard, which was used in pre-2015 Macs. This change happened due to the many issues with the butterfly keyboard’s keys getting stuck because of dust as well as some general discomfort due to the lack of depth when tapping a key on the butterfly keyboard. The revival of the scissor keyboard should remove these problems and make typing more comfortable. Another more minor reversion is the revival of the inverted T arrow keys. The Touch Bar on the 16” Pro has been altered slightly, with the escape key and the Touch ID now completely separated from the Touch Bar.

An increase in screen size also naturally means an updated display. The 16” Pro’s resolution is now 3072 by 1920 pixels, and its pixels per inch (ppi) ratio is 226, up from the 15” Pro’s 2880 by 1800 resolution and 220 ppi. The display also has customizable refresh rates, including 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, and 60 Hz.

With quality comes price, however. The entry level price for the 16” Pro is $2399, and with upgrades, the price can rise up to $6099. 

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