Check out the differences (and similarities) between 16-inch and 15-inch MacBooks Pro
The new 16-inch MacBook Pro They are already among us with their "new-old" keyboard and some other news. Now the time has come for us to make our good old comparison article and put Ma's new, more expensive laptop face to face with its direct predecessor: the (late) 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Let us therefore go through the main differences and similarities between them.
Larger screen and body
The first difference is in the name of the device itself: the new MacBook Pro has a slightly larger screen than its predecessor, 0.6 inch larger, since the old model had a 15.4 inch panel.
The increase in size also gave a jump in resolution, which now 3072 × 1920 pixels (versus 2880 × 1800 pixels previously), and at the pixel-per-inch rate (226 against 220). Otherwise, the panels are the same: LCD, wide color tone (P3), True Tone technology and 500 nits maximum brightness.
The body of the computer has also increased although less than expected as the screen now has thinner edges. The increment of less than 1cm in width and depth, 0.7mm in thickness and just under 200g in weight. Check it out:
For a more visual comparison, the YouTuber iJustine has already set the two models side by side check in the video below, from four minutes.
The new MacBook Pro, as you may have heard by now, has a new type of keyboard which is actually not that new.
This is new to anyone who accompanied the In recent months, but still goes a little recap: starting on the (already late) 12-inch MacBook, Apple has replaced its traditional keyboards, with the so-called scissor mechanism, by different models, with the so-called butterfly mechanism. If you've already touched a recent MacBook, you know the difference: these keyboards are much thinner and flatter, with keys that “travel” a lot less and have a different, drier click feel.
There are those who like it and those who hate the novelty, but the fact that butterfly keyboards have not lived a very quiet life: apart from the mixed reception, they have faced several reliability issues over the last few years involving the entry of dust and keys that no longer exist. function or register double touches. Apple has been refining the engine over time and has created a swap program for all MacBooks with this type of keyboard, but dissatisfaction continued.
That's why the new MacBook Pro back to the old scissor mechanism although not exactly the way older laptops. The keys here are still thin and tactile, but travel more when pressed and are quieter. Apple also believes that it has solved component reliability issues as the new computer does not enter the exchange program mentioned in the previous paragraph. And according to Ma, you can repair keys individually on the machine without having to change the top case MacBook Pro (Rafa, this one for you!).
Another notable difference in the new MacBook Pro is around the Esc key In older Touch Bar models, the key had been replaced by a virtual button, which seriously displeased advanced users. Now the key is back, left of the bar; On the other hand, the Touch ID button is now separated from the Touch Bar (as in recent MacBooks Air).
Finally, here we have the return to old layout on the arrow keys now they all have the same height as in older models. On butterfly keyboards, the side keys were larger, “filling in” the empty space but creating tactility issues.
Although the 16 ″ MacBook Pro represents a completely new generation for Apple's professional computers, there are not many differences here in terms of processing power, as we saw in this article.
Both sale options feature the same Intel chips from the previous generation as a 2.6GHz six-core Core i7 or a 2.3GHz eight-core Core i9. It is also possible to configure the machines with a more advanced eight core i9 chip with 2.4GHz just as before.
New climate control architecture
Although the processors themselves have not changed, Apple has created a new climate control architecture for the 16 ″ MacBook Pro.
According to the company, the new machine has larger fans, which also have new blades / feet extended to improve air circulation (28% higher) and dissipate heat more efficiently (35% higher).
This, of course, makes the notebook cool more efficiently. And the gain in cooling capacity makes the 16 ″ MacBookPro deliver up to 12W at more constant maximum power ie goodbye thermal throttling?
At least you can configure new MacBooks Pro with up to 64GB of RAM, double the maximum that was previously possible. The problem you will need to shell out an extra $ 6,400 for this.
Similarly, Apple now also offers twice as much storage space. If before the two 15 ″ models came with 256GB and 512GB options, now the 16 ″ models come with 512GB and 1TB respectively.
What's more, you can now customize the machine with up to 8TB! The price, although quite salty (+ R $ 17,600), dropped a lot for this type of customization we are talking about a 50% cut!
Larger battery and more powerful charger
The new MacBook Pro has a 100Wh battery The maximum allowed by TSA and other regulatory agencies to board the cabin of an airplane. Previously, the component had 83.6Wh.
Because of this, the computer's longevity estimate has also jumped: Apple claims the new Mac can survive even 11 hours in wireless navigation away from the outlet; previously it was 10 o'clock.
The plug adapter of the new computer has also gained improvements: it now has 96W of power, compared to 87W of the previous model. The single version of the component is already on sale at the Brazilian Apple Online Store, for R $ 550 (or $ 80 in the US).
Nothing new here: the 16-inch MacBook Pro has the same four doors Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), two on each side, which can be used for recharging, data transfer and audio / video. We also have fortunately one 3.5mm audio output.
Here is an area in which Ma really put a good effort: audio, both input and output. For starters, the new MacBook Pro supports playback on Dolby atmosphere, with up to 128 simultaneous tracks, the sound reproduced on the computer's new six-speaker speaker system, which Apple says can fill a room with sound.
The microphones have also gained improvements: now there are three, with (again, according to Apple) studio quality and directional spatial filtering. Those who make the most basic use of these components will certainly be able to dispense with external microphones here.
Otherwise, all the same
The other aspects of the new MacBook Pro are the same as those of its predecessor. Some of them draw attention: the new computer still supports only the Wi-Fi 5 standard, better known as 802.11ac (unlike the new iPhones, which already have the ability to connect to Wi-Fi networks 6).
The FaceTime camera is also the same crap as before, capable of capturing images and videos at 720pas well as the security chip T2.
Bonus: AR viewer
As Apple has done with some recent releases, a viewer has been made available on its website. AIR so you can "position" the new MacBook Pro on your desktop and get an idea of its size and features.
Just go to this page on your recent iPhone or iPad, scroll down and tap the "See MacBook Pro in Augmented Reality" option.