Apple in November 2019 replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a new 16-inch model, and later refreshed the 13-inch MacBook Pro in May 2020.
The higher-end larger MacBook Pro features a larger 16-inch Retina display, slimmer bezels, an updated keyboard with a scissor mechanism instead of a butterfly mechanism, up to 64GB RAM, up to 8TB of storage, and AMD Radeon Pro 5000M Series graphics cards.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro also has a scissor switch keyboard along with Intel’s 8th and 10th-generation chips, Intel Iris Plus graphics, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 4TB of storage, with no design or size changes. Apple has discontinued all 15-inch models, and there is no longer a Mac notebook for sale that uses the butterfly keyboard.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro features a 3072×1920 resolution display and a higher pixel density of 226 ppi, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro features a 2560×1600 resolution with a ppi of 227. The Touch Bar and the Retina display of all MacBook Pro models feature support for True Tone functionality that adjusts white balance to match ambient lighting, and other display features such as wide color support are included.
16-inch MacBook Pro models use 6 or 8-core 9th-generation chips while the 13-inch MacBook Pro models are equipped with 8th-generation chips for low end models and 10th-generation chips for high-end models. Apple says the 16-inch MacBook Pro uses the “most advanced thermal architecture ever in a Mac notebook,” allowing it to run at higher power for longer periods of time.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro includes a new fan design with a larger impeller, extended blades, and bigger vents, which increases airflow by 28 percent. The heat sink is also 35 percent larger, allowing for more heat dissipation. All in all, this lets the MacBook Pro sustain up to 12 watts more during intensive workloads compared to the prior 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Both the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 16-inch MacBook Pro are equipped with Apple’s new Magic Keyboard. The Magic Keyboard uses a refined scissor mechanism that is expected to be more reliable than the butterfly keyboard that was prone to failure. The keyboard offers up 1mm of key travel and features a “more responsive key press.”
Design wise, Apple has updated the Magic Keyboard to feature a physical Escape key instead of the virtual key on the Touch Bar, along with a separate Touch ID button, an inverted “T” arrangement for the arrow keys, and a Touch Bar.
There’s a new six-speaker sound system in the 16-inch MacBook Pro that’s designed to offer the most advanced audio experience ever in a notebook. Sounds are more clear and more natural than ever before, and the bass is half an octave deeper. There’s also an upgraded high-performance microphone with a 40 percent reduction in hiss and a better signal to noise ratio. The 13-inch MacBook Pro uses stereo speakers with two microphones.
13-inch MacBook Pro machines feature Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 for low-end models and more powerful Intel Iris Plus Graphics for higher-end models, while 16-inch models are equipped with built-in graphics and either Radeon Pro 5300M graphics or Radeon Pro 5500M graphics. Up to 8TB of SSD storage is available in the 16-inch machine, while the 13-inch machine can support up to a 4TB SSD.
Up to 64GB RAM is available in the 16-inch MacBook Pro, while the 13-inch model maxes out at 32GB, which is new in the 2020 models. The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro offers two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports while the higher-end 13-inch models and all 16-inch models feature four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports.
A T2 chip continues to offer enhanced security with secure boot and on-the-fly encrypted storage along with support for hands-free Hey Siri commands. All day 10 hour battery life is available in the 13-inch MacBook Pro, while the 16-inch model offers an 11 hour battery life with a 100Wh battery, the largest ever in a Mac notebook.
You can purchase the new MacBook Pro models in Silver or Space Gray from Apple’s online store and Apple retail stores. Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ac WiFi, and a 720p FaceTime HD Camera are other included features.