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MacBook Pro 16-inch release date, news and features

The MacBook Pro 16-inch, Apple’s latest addition to its MacBook Pro line in 2019, is finally here. 

There have already been two minor MacBook Pro 2019 updates with the MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019) and MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019), which both offered slightly updated hardware and features. However, these two refreshed models lacked innovation – particularly when it came to their designs, which were the same as the previous year’s models.

Now, the 16-inch MacBook Pro brings the company’s lauded Retina display to a larger size as well as a brand new keyboard and speakers. Plus, the laptop features support for 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processors, gobs of memory (RAM) and loads of solid-state (SSD) storage.

Apple is setting the 16-inch MacBook Pro starting price at $2,399 (£2,399, AU$3,799) and is available for pre-order today with a release slated for November 15. This is the exact same starting price for the current 15-inch MacBook Pro, which this newer model now replaces entirely.

(With that in mind, expect to see some sweet 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro deals this Black Friday, as surely there’s lots of leftover stock to get rid of.)

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The first-ever MacBook Pro 16-inch
  • When is it out? Pre-orders today, launches November 15
  • How much will it cost? Starting at $2,399 (£2,399, AU$3,799)

16-inch MacBook Pro

The 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019 has a brand new “Magic Keyboard.”

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MacBook Pro 16-inch 2019 release date

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is available right now for pre-order, and will launch for general purchase on November 15 in the US, UK and Australia.

This means that the new MacBook Pro 16-inch release date will be the same in every English-speaking country.

Release dates in other regions in which TechRadar readers live are currently unknown, but Apple promises that the laptop will be “coming soon to stores around the world.”

MacBook Pro 16-inch

Apple naturally is aiming the new MacBook Pro 16-inch at creatives, like music producers.

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MacBook Pro 16-inch 2019 price

Apple is starting the pricing for its 16-inch MacBook Pro at the same level of the now-older 2019 15-inch model: $2,399 (£2,399, AU$3,799). At this price, you’re getting the following:

  • 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU (Boost up to 4.5GHz)
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM
  • 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 512GB SSD storage

Then, Apple is offering a more advanced configuration with Intel Core i9 processing, stronger AMD Radeon Pro graphics and more for $2,799 (£2,799, AU$4,399). Here’s what that looks like:

  • 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 CPU (Boost up to 4.8GHz)
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM
  • 16GB 2,666MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB SSD storage

Finally, all of these models will include the new 16-inch Retina display with True Tone technology (which is at a 3,072 x 1,920 IPS resolution, 500 nits brightness and the P3 color gamut), the Touch Bar and Touch ID features, and the same four Thunderbolt 3 ports as before.

You also have the option to configure the 16-inch MacBook Pro to even more stacked configurations in terms of memory and storage.

For the maximum 64GB of RAM, that will cost you an additional $800/£720/AU$1,280 on top of the starting price.

If you want the maximum 8TB (!!!) of SSD space, that will go for $2,400/£2,160/AU$3,840 more in addition to the base price. (Honestly, you can skirt almost all of this additional cost with a Thunderbolt 3-equipped external SSD.)

At last, you can also pile on the graphics performance with more VRAM. The highest amount of VRAM only comes in the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB. This will cost an additional $200/£180/AU$320 on top of the final price.

For a completely decked out 16-inch MacBook Pro, you’ll end up paying an insane $6,099/£5,679/AU$9,679, which includes the Intel Core i9 processor.

All information below is developing…

16-inch MacBook Pro

Apple expects the new 16-inch MacBook Pro to be a video editing beast.

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Top MacBook Pro 16-inch 2019 features

Apple Magic Keyboard
At long last, there’s a new keyboard in town for Apple’s Pro laptop. Naturally, it’s called the Magic Keyboard, and actually adapts a lot of the same technology used in Apple’s desktop Magic Keyboard for a laptop environment. The keyboard now uses a supposedly much more reliable scissor switch, and offers up 1mm of travel. The keys are also promised to be more forceful in their response when returning to their default position after a key press, thanks to new rubber domes underneath. Finally, the Escape key is now a defined, physical key rather than software.

New, bigger Retina display
Using thinner side bezels than before, the 16-inch MacBook Pro features a larger and sharper Retina display. The screen is technically at a 3,072 x 1,920 resolution for a sharper 226 pixels-per-inch count than before, and is brighter at a maximum of 500 nits. However, the display still is not 4K, which won’t be ideal for folks that work with 4K video or image content these days unless it’s attached to such a display.

Stronger speakers and microphones
Apple has completely redesigned the speakers inside the 16-inch MacBook Pro with new “force-canceling woofers” that drive up the bass without upping the vibration. Also, brand-new microphone arrays promise a 40% reduction in hiss, allowing for professional-grade audio input for tasks like podcasting and audio recording.

9th-generation Intel Core processors
Apple has gone with Intel’s 9th-generation of high-end processors for laptops in the 16-inch MacBook Pro, allowing for up to an Intel Core i9 configuration. This means that the new model has a 6-core processor at entry-level, and a massive 8-core part at the high-end. The end result is intended to be faster multi-track audio project playback, faster complex photo edits in Photoshop, faster code compiling in Xcode and more. For more information on these specific improvements, check out Apple’s press release.

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