Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro is available to order now, and if you get excessive with the options you’re looking at a notebook that’ll cost you more than $6,000. Revealed today, the new, larger-screen laptop promises an end to the butterfly keyboard frustration 15-inch MacBook Pro users have long been complaining about, but make no mistake. This is really a performance update.
Entry-level $2,399 16-inch MacBook Pro
The entry-level 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at the same price as the outgoing, 15-inch version, which is welcome. Power gets a noticeable bump, however, as you’d expect. The standard CPU is a 2.6GHz 6-core Intel 9th Generation Core i7, with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz.
There’s AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics, with 4GB of dedicated GDDR6 memory, and 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM. Storage is a 512GB SSD.
Options include a 2.4GHz 8-core Core i9 processor with up to 5.0GHz Turbo Boost, which is $300, and either 32GB or 64GB of memory. The latter will set you back either $400 or $800 over the base configuration. Apple offers two GPU upgrades: an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GRRD6 for $100, or the same GPU with 8GB for $200.
For storage, there’s the choice of 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB of SSD. You’re looking at $200, $600, $1,200, or $2,400 for each upgrade over the base spec, respectively.
Higher-spec $2,799 16-inch MacBook Pro
Apple’s higher-spec configuration comes with a 2.3GHz 8-core 9th Generation Intel Core i9 out of the box, with Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz. It has AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, along with 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory. Storage is a 1TB SSD.
On the options side, $200 steps up to the 2.4GHz 8-core Core i9 processor with up to 5.0GHz Turbo Boost. 32GB of memory is $400, while 64GB is $800. Doubling the Radeon Pro 5500M’s memory to 8GB is $100.
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For storage, a 2TB SSD is $400 more, a 4TB SSD is $1,000 more, and an 8TB SSD is $2,200 more.
Maxed-out 16-inch MacBook Pro
Get happy with the options, and you can bring your new 16-inch MacBook Pro up to $6,099. That leaves you carrying a 2.4GHz Core 9 with 8 cores, paired with 64GB of RAM and 8TB of SSD storage. It also gives you the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics, with 8GB of their own memory.
Regardless of configuration, the 16-inch MacBook Pro gets four Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headphone jack. There’s a 100Wh battery – which Apple says can deliver up to eleven hours of use – and a 720p HD webcam. Apple supplies a 96W USB-C adapter in the box to recharge it, as well as a 2m USB-C Charge Cable.
Orders are shipping now, and the new notebook should be available in Apple Stores from today.