MacBook Pro

New 16" MacBook Pro launched November 13, 2019.

MacBook Pro

At a Glance

  • New 16" MacBook Pro debuted in November 2019 with scissor keyboard, improved speakers, and more. 13" MacBook Pro last updated in May and July 2019, depending on configuration.

Current Specs

  • 13- and 16-inch sizes
  • True Tone display and Touch Bar
  • Up to 8 TB SSD on 16", up to 2 TB on 13"
  • 8th-Gen and 9th-Gen "Coffee Lake Refresh" chips: Up to 8-core on 16", up to 4-core on 13"
  • T2 chip for enhanced security and "Hey Siri" support
  • New Magic Keyboard on 16", improved butterfly keyboard on 13"
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The 2019 MacBook Pro Lineup

Apple in November 2019 replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a new 16-inch model, just a few months after refreshing the MacBook Pro in May and July of 2019.

The new 16-inch 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.

Apple is continuing to sell the existing 13-inch MacBook Pro models that were updated earlier this year, so the lineup now consists of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The new 16-inch MacBook Pro features a 3072x1920 resolution and a higher pixel density of 226 ppi.

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.

The machines use Intel's 8th and 9th-generation processors, and are Apple's fastest MacBook Pro models to date. The 16-inch MacBook Pro features the same processors introduced in the May 15-inch MacBook Pro update, with an 8-core option available at the high end.

16-inch MacBook Pro models use 6 or 8-core 9th-generation chips while the 13-inch MacBook Pro models are equipped with quad-core 8th-generation chips. 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.

There's 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.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro continues to feature an upgraded butterfly mechanism that's designed to cut down on key failures, but the new 16-inch MacBook Pro has a 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 and an inverted "T" arrangement for the arrow keys. Like the 13-inch MacBook Pro, it continues to offer a Touch Bar.

There's also 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 and 655, 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 a 2TB SSD.

The AMD Radeon 5000M series graphics in the 16-inch MacBook Pro offer the first 7nm mobile discrete GPUs designed for pro users. The standard configuration offers up to 2.1 times faster graphics performance than the previous configuration, and the high-end graphics options offer 80 percent faster performance.

Up to 64GB RAM is available in the 16-inch MacBook Pro, while the 13-inch model maxes out at 16GB. 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. Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ac WiFi, and a 720p FaceTime HD Camera are other included features.

Pricing on the 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 for a 1.4GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD, while the middle tier 13-inch MacBook Pro model features a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD for $1,799. Pricing on the 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399 for a 2.6GHz Core i7 processor, Radeon Pro 5300M, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Custom configuration options are available for an additional price.

The new MacBook Pro models are available for purchase from Apple's online store and Apple retail stores.

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Design

The 16-inch MacBook Pro features a design that's similar to the prior 15-inch MacBook Pro, but with a slightly larger body and slimmer bezels. The 13-inch model continues to be unchanged and it's the same design that Apple's used for years.

Design wise, the 16-inch MacBook Pro does not look radically different compared to earlier MacBook Pro models, continuing to feature the same general design elements with large trackpad, thin hinge, Touch Bar, rear Apple logo, side speakers, and silver and space gray color options.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro measures in at 14.09 inches long, 9.68 inches wide, and 16.2mm thick. It weighs in at 4.3 pounds. Compared to the 15-inch MacBook Pro, it's thicker, heavier, and bigger.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro measured in at 13.75 inches long, 9.48 inches wide, and 15.5mm thick. It weighs four pounds.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro measures in at 11.97 inches long, 8.36 inches wide, and 14.9mm thick. It weighs three pounds.

Display

The 13 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models both use a similar display with with 500 nits of brightness, P3 Wide Color support, and True Tone functionality.

True Tone uses a multi-channel ambient light sensor that's included in the new MacBook Pro models, which is able to determine both the brightness of the room and the color temperature. After detecting the white balance, the MacBook Pro is able to adjust both the color and intensity of the display to match the room's lighting for a more natural, paper-like viewing experience that also cuts down on eyestrain.

The display of the 16-inch MacBook Pro features a 3072 by 1920 native resolution at 226 pixels per inch (an improvement compared to the 15-inch MacBook Pro), while the display of the 13-inch MacBook Pro features a 2560 by 1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro features a variable refresh rate that can be set to the frame rate of a video that's being edited or viewed. Options include 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, and 60Hz.

Keyboard

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro has a redesigned "Magic Keyboard" that does away with the butterfly mechanism that Apple has been using since 2015. Apple says it's meant to deliver the "best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook."

The butterfly mechanism has not been popular with customers due to its penchant for key failure due to dust and other small particulates.

According to Apple, the new scissor mechanism in the Magic Keyboard offers 1mm of key travel and a stable key feel, plus an Apple-crafted rubber dome that's designed to store more potential energy for a more responsive key press.

Apple says that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will deliver a comfortable, satisfying, and quiet typing experience. Design wise, the keyboard is similar to the prior keyboard, but there's a physical Escape key instead of a virtual key on the Touch Bar, and the Touch ID button is a separate button too.

The arrow keys have been redesigned as well with an inverted "T" arrangement for the arrow keys, which is a departure from the previous design of the MacBook Pro keyboard. The Touch Bar is also slightly further away from the keys on the keyboard.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro continues to use a butterfly keyboard but Apple claims the design of the keyboard will cut down on keyboard failures from prior models.

Apple is still offering a Keyboard Service Program for all MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro machines that feature a butterfly keyboard, including the 2019 MacBook Pro models from May and July 2019. The Keyboard Service Program does not apply to the new 16-inch MacBook Pro as it uses the newer, more reliable scissor mechanism.

Trackpad

As with prior MacBook Pro models, the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the 13-inch MacBook Pro feature a large Force Touch trackpad that takes up much of the bottom of the machines.

The Force Touch trackpad has no traditional buttons and is instead powered by a set of Force Sensors, allowing users to press anywhere on the trackpad to get the same response. A Taptic Engine powered by magnets provides users with tactile feedback when using the trackpad, replacing the feel of a physical button press.

The Force Touch trackpad supports a light press, which is used as a regular click, along with a deeper press or "force click" as a separate gesture that does things like offer up definitions for a highlighted word.

Touch Bar

There's a Touch Bar on both the 16-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro models. The Touch Bar is a small OLED Retina multi-touch display build into the keyboard where the function keys traditionally go.

The Touch Bar is contextual and can perform a huge range of functions on the Mac depending on which app is in use, and it is now available across all of Apple's MacBook Pro lineup.

The Touch Bar is a matte-style display that blends right in with the rest of the keys on the keyboard, and in 2019 MacBook Pro machines, it supports True Tone, allowing the white balance to be adjusted to match the ambient lighting conditions.

Interacting with the Touch Bar is done through taps, swipes, and other multi-touch gestures, with support for up to 10 fingers at a time available.

There are some design differences between the 13 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models as the 16-inch model uses a new updated Touch Bar. There's a separate physical Escape key on the 16-inch model, along with a separate Touch ID button that is not connected to the Touch Bar. On the 13-inch model (and earlier 15-inch models) the Touch ID button and Escape key were part of the Touch Bar.

The Touch ID fingerprint sensor works much like the Touch ID Home button on older iPhone models. Touch ID can be used in lieu of a password, unlocking the Mac when a finger is placed on the sensor. It also replaces a password for password-protected apps, and it can be used to make Apple Pay purchases in Safari.

Touch ID is powered by a separate Apple-designed T2 chip with a Secure Enclave that keeps your fingerprint data and personal information safe.

Thunderbolt 3

The entry-level 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with two USB-C ports with support for USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3, for Thunderbolt transfer speeds of up to 40Gb/s and USB transfer speeds of up to 10Gb/s. Higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro machines and all 16-inch machines feature four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Each port on the MacBook Pro models is identical and can be used for the same functions, so every one can be used to power the machine. All ports support the following connections: power, Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA.

Over Thunderbolt 3, the 16-inch MacBook Pro can power two 6K displays at one time or four 4K displays. The 13-inch MacBook Pro models can power one 5K display or two 4K displays. All external displays are able to run at 60Hz.

In 2016 and 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro models, the left side Thunderbolt 3 ports had reduced bandwidth due to the fact that the chips used in the machines only supported up to 12 PCI Express lanes. The processors in the higher-end 13-inch 2019 MacBook Pro models support up to 16 PCI Express lanes, so all four Thunderbolt 3 ports support maximum data transfer speeds of 40Gb/s.

T2 Chip

Apple's custom-made T2 chip is included in all 2019 MacBook Pro models to make them even more secure and to add additional functionality.

The T2 chip houses the Secure Enclave processor that protects Touch ID fingerprint data and allows for secure boot and encrypted storage capabilities. It also consolidates multiple controllers, including the system management controller, image signal processor, audio controller, and SSD controller.

It supports enhanced tone mapping, improved exposure control, and face detection-based auto exposure to the FaceTime HD camera, and it encrypts the SSD on the fly using dedicated AES hardware.

The T2 chip also powers "Hey Siri" functionality in the MacBook Pro. With Hey Siri capabilities, you can say "Hey Siri" to activate the personal assistant on the MacBook Pro without the need to press the physical Siri button. The T2 chip is a variant of the A10 in Apple's iOS devices and it runs a modified version of iOS.

Speakers

While the 13-inch MacBook Pro uses a standard stereo speaker setup with dual microphones, the 16-inch MacBook Pro has an updated high-fidelity sound system with six speakers.

Apple says the six-speaker setup is designed to provide musicians, podcasters, and video editors with the "most advanced audio experience ever in a notebook."

The speaker system uses Apple-designed force-canceling woofers with dual opposed speaker drivers that cut down on unwanted vibrations that distort sound. The resulting music sounds more clear and more natural, with bass that's an octave deeper.

There's an upgraded microphone array that cuts down on hiss by 40 percent along with an improved signal-to-noise ratio that Apple says rivals that of popular professional-grade digital microphones.

16-Inch MacBook Pro

Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro is the largest and most powerful notebook that the company sells, with up to an 8-core processor, discrete AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics, up to 64GB RAM, up to 8TB of SSD storage, and a larger, 16-inch display that sets it apart from the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

Processor

The 16-inch MacBook Pro models are equipped with Intel's 9th-generation 14-nanometer Coffee Lake Refresh chips, which are the same chips that were used in the 15-inch models that were released back in May 2019.

The entry-level 16-inch MacBook Pro uses Intel's 6-core 2.6GHz Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz. The higher-end 16-inch MacBook Pro features Intel's 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Core i9 processor with 4.8GHz Turbo Boost. Both machines can be upgraded to a 2.4GHz 8-core 9th-generation Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5GHz.

According to Apple, its 8-core chips offer up 2.1 times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making them the fastest chips in a Mac notebook ever.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro uses an updated thermal architecture that Apple designed to allow the notebook to run at a higher power for sustained periods of time.

There's a new fan design with a larger impeller that has longer blades and bigger vents, which allows for a 28 percent increase in airflow. The heat sink is 35 percent larger, enabling "significantly" more heat dissipation than before, which allows the 16-inch MacBook Pro to sustain up to 12 more watts during intensive workouts than the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro.

In our testing, the thermal improvements that Apple made in the 16-inch MacBook Pro has resulted in a 16.5 percent increase in multi-core performance. The 16-inch MacBook Pro earned a single core score of 989 and a multi-core score of 6733, while the previous-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro with the same processor scored 972 in the single-core test and 5781 in the multi-core test.

We also did multiple real-world performance tests with Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro, and our video is worth checking out to see how well the 16-inch MacBook Pro performs with "Pro" tasks.

GPU

The 16-inch MacBook Pro models feature Intel's built-in UHD Graphics 630, but are also equipped with AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics cards, which are the first 7-nanometer mobile discrete GPUs.

The base-level 16-inch MacBook Pro features an AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB GDDR6 memory and the mid-level model uses an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB GDDR6 memory. Both can be upgraded with an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M GPU with 8GB GDDR6 memory.

According to Apple, customers who choose the standard GPU configuration will see 2.1 times faster graphics performance than the previous standard configuration, while those who choose the highest-end graphics options will see up to 80 percent faster performance than the previous high-end configuration.

Apple says that compared to the prior-generation 8-core 15-inch MacBook Pro, the new 16-inch models with the highest graphics options will result in the following improvements:

  • Video editors using DaVinci Resolve will see up to 1.8 times faster effects rendering when color grading.

  • Gamers will enjoy smoother gameplay with up to 1.6 times faster performance in games like Fortnite.

  • In Unity, developers will experience 1.4 times faster fly-through performance during game development.

In our testing of the new 5500M GPU in the higher-end machine, we found significant gains. In an OpenCL test, the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ scored 30608, compared to the 15-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌'s score of 17904, and in a Metal test, the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ scored a 29840 vs. the 15-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌'s score of 19065.

RAM

The 16-inch MacBook Pro supports up to 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, which is faster than the RAM used in prior models. The previous 15-inch MacBook Pro also maxed out at 32GB RAM.

SSD

Apple in 2016 introduced super fast SSDs with sequential read speeds of up to 3.2GB/s and sequential write speeds up to 2.2GB/s, and that same technology is used in the SSDs of the 2019 MacBook Pro models.

Storage space in the base-level 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at 512GB, but it can be upgraded to a maximum of 8TB for the first time, up from 4TB.

Other Features

Camera

The camera in the 16-inch MacBook Pro has not been upgraded compared to the previous-generation machine. It continues to use a 720p FaceTime HD camera.

Battery Life

Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro offers "all-day" battery life with up to 11 hours of wireless web usage, up to 11 hours of Apple TV app movie playback, and up to 30 days of standby time.

The machine is equipped with a 99.8 watt-hour lithium-polymer battery that's higher capacity than the battery in the 15-inch MacBook Pro models from 2019. Apple added extra battery capacity by slightly increasing the thickness of the batteries in the MacBook Pro. The machine comes with a 96W USB-C Power Adapter for charging purposes.

Wireless Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0 is included in the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro. It also supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Available Models

There are two stock 16-inch MacBook Pro configurations available from Apple:

  • $2,399 - 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 processor, Radeon Pro 5300M, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD.

  • $2,799 - 2.3GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 processor, Radeon Pro 5500M, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD.

Build to Order Options

The processor, RAM, SSD capacity, and graphics card can be upgraded in the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Entry level 16-inch MacBook Pro upgrade options:

  • 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 processor - +$300

  • 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM - +$400

  • 64GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM - +$800

  • Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB memory - +$100

  • Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB memory - +$200

  • 1TB SSD - +$200

  • 2TB SSD - +$600

  • 4TB SSD - +$1,200

Higher-end 16-inch MacBook Pro upgrade options:

  • 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 processor - +$200

  • 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM - +$400

  • 64GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM - +$800

  • Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB memory - +$100

  • 2TB SSD - +$400

  • 4TB SSD - +$1,000

  • 8TB SSD - +2,200

13-Inch MacBook Pro

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro is smaller than the 16-inch model, and that size reduction means its internal components are not quite as powerful. Rather than a 6-core or 8-core processor and discrete graphics, the 13-inch MacBook Pro includes a quad-core processor and integrated graphics.

Apple refreshed the higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro models in May 2019, and refreshed the entry-level models in July 2019, bringing them on par with the more expensive options and adding a Touch Bar, Touch ID, a T2 security chip, and True Tone support.

Processor

The 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel's 8th-generation 14-nanometer chips, adopting quad-core chips rather than 6-core or 8-core chips like the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Apple first started using quad-core chips for the 13-inch models in 2018.

The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro models, refreshed in July 2019, feature quad-core 1.4GHz Core i5 8th-generation Intel processors with Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz. A 1.7GHz quad-core Core i7 chip is available as an upgrade option.

The higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro models, refreshed in May 2019, use Intel's quad-core 2.4GHz 8th-generation Core i5 processors with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz, while the quad-core 2.8GHz 8th-generation Core i7 chip with Turbo Boost up to 4.7GHz is available as a build-to-order upgrade option.

RAM

All stock 13-inch MacBook Pro configurations include 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM that's upgradeable to 16GB.

GPU

Unlike the 16-inch MacBook Pro models, the 13-inch MacBook Pro models do not feature discrete graphics cards. The entry-level MacBook Pro machines feature Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 with 128MB of embedded DRAM, while the higher-end machines feature Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 with 128MB of embedded DRAM. There are no GPU upgrade options available for the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

SSD

Though the 13-inch MacBook Pro has a less powerful CPU and GPU than the 16-inch machine, it uses the same super fast SSD technology with sequential read speeds of up to 3.2GB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 2.2GB/s.

Storage in the 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at 128GB, but it can be upgraded to a maximum of 2TB for an additional fee.

Other Features

Camera

The 13-inch MacBook Pro continues to offer a 720p FaceTime HD camera with no improvements introduced compared to the 2018 model.

Battery Life

According to Apple, the 13-inch MacBook Pro offers "all day" battery life with 10 hours of wireless web usage, 10 hours of iTunes movie playback, and up to 30 days standby time.

The new models use a ~58-watt-hour lithium polymer battery that is higher capacity than the battery in the 2017 MacBook Pro.

Wireless Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0 is included, as is 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Available Models

There are four standard configuration 13-inch MacBook Pro models available from Apple:

  • $1,299 - 1.4GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, 2 TB3 ports, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD.

  • $1,499 - 1.4GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, 2 TB3 ports, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD.

  • $1,799 - 2.4GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 4 TB3 ports, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD.

  • $1,999 - 2.4GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 4 TB3 ports, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD.

Build to Order Options

The 13-inch MacBook Pro build to order options include processor, RAM, and SSD upgrades.

Entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with 128GB storage:

  • 1.7GHz quad-core Core i7 processor - +$300

  • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM - +$200

  • 256GB SSD - +$200

  • 512GB SSD - +$400

  • 1TB SSD - +$600

  • 2TB SSD - +$1,000

Entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with 256GB storage:

  • 1.7GHz quad-core Core i7 processor - +$300

  • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM - +$200

  • 512GB SSD - +$200

  • 1TB SSD - +$400

  • 2TB SSD - +$800

Mid-level 13-inch MacBook Pro:

  • 2.8GHz quad-core Core i7 processor - +$300

  • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM - +$200

  • 512GB SSD - +$200

  • 1TB SSD - +$400

  • 2TB SSD - +$800

High-end 13-inch MacBook Pro:

  • 2.8GHz quad-core Core i7 processor - +$300

  • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM - +$200

  • 1TB SSD - +$200

  • 2TB SSD - +$600

Blackmagic eGPU

Apple teamed up with Blackmagic Design to launch an external GPU (eGPU) option that was designed for the MacBook Pro, providing powerful desktop-class performance without compromising the portability of the notebook design.

Priced at $699, the Blackmagic eGPU is meant to allow MacBook Pro owners to connect to a higher-end GPU while working at a traditional workstation when more powerful graphics are needed for gaming, VR experiences, or creative tasks. For those who need even more power, there's also a $1,199 Blackmagic eGPU Pro.

With the basic Blackmagic eGPU, for example, Fortnite on the 15-inch MacBook Pro is 2x faster than with the 15-inch MacBook Pro's Radeon Pro 560X GPU, while Unity Editor is 2.2x faster and Maxon Cinema 4D is 2.8x faster. Improvements are even more impressive on the 13-inch machines that do not have discrete graphics cards.

The Blackmagic eGPU is equipped with a Radeon Pro 580 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5 memory and it has built-in I/O connections to drive a Thunderbolt 3 display, charge the MacBook Pro (85W power delivery), and support multiple accessories. The Blackmagic eGPU Pro upgrades the graphics card to a Radeon RX Vega 56 with 8GB of HBM2 memory.

Both models include two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3 ports, and one HDMI port, with the Pro model also including a DisplayPort 1.4 port. A 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 cable is included with both models.

2015 15-inch MacBook Pro Recall

Though not applicable to current MacBook Pro models, Apple has launched a recall program for the 15-inch MacBook Pro manufactured in 2015. These machines have batteries that can overheat and pose a fire safety risk.

An example of an affected 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2015 that caught fire due to a faulty battery

Apple is asking customers with an affected MacBook Pro to stop using it until it can be brought in to an Apple Store for a free battery replacement. More information is available here.

Some airlines are banning affected MacBook Pro models if they have not had a battery replacement, with rules that vary from airline to airline. It's worth checking on the restrictions ahead of any upcoming flights.

How to Buy

The 2019 MacBook Pro models can be purchased from Apple's website, Apple retail stores, and the retail locations and websites of third-party resellers like Best Buy and B&H Photo.

The Blackmagic eGPU that's being sold as an accessory for the MacBook Pro can be purchased from Apple for $699, with the Blackmagic eGPU Pro available for $1,199.

What's Next for the MacBook Pro

Apple is rumored to be planning to release a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with an updated scissor switch keyboard during the first half of 2020. Thus far, rumors suggest there won't be changes to the size of the display. Prior rumors have indicated a new 13-inch MacBook Pro could support up to 32GB RAM, up from 16GB.

Apple in the fourth quarter of 2020 will release an updated 16-inch MacBook Pro with a mini-LED display. Kuo believes the mini-LED technology will "significantly improve productivity and the entertainment experience."

Future mini-LED displays will use approximately 10,000 LEDs, with each one below 200 microns in size. Mini-LED will ultimately allow for thinner and lighter product designs, offering many of the same benefits as OLED like better wide color gamut, high contrast and dynamic range, and local dimming for truer blacks. Given the cost of mini-LED, the MacBook Pro is expected to be a high-end model. Epistar, an Apple supplier that produces mini-LED displays, has said that demand for the technology will rise in the second half of 2020. Epistar may be one of companies producing mini-LED displays for Apple devices.

Further in the Future

There are rumors suggesting Samsung is in talks to supply Apple with OLED displays for a future 16-inch MacBook Pro, but it's not clear how this information meshes with rumors of mini-LED machines. It's possible Apple is exploring multiple different display advancements for MacBook Pro models coming in 2020 and beyond.

OLED displays could bring benefits like increased brightness, deeper blacks, better contrast, faster response times, and sharper colors, and thinner devices as OLED panels are slimmer than LCDs.

Apple is said to be working on a range of MacBooks with 5G cellular connectivity, which could launch as early as next year. The rumor comes from DigiTimes, a site that has a mixed track record when it comes to Apple info. The site says that Apple has finalized its integrated 5G MacBook design, and it has a 5G transceiver that's more efficient and faster than components used by rivals like Lenovo, Dell, and HP. Apple is said to be using a ceramic antenna board for the improved performance, which could drive up the cost of the 5G MacBook.

Best Prices
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2019): 1.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD - Silver
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2019): 1.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD - Space Gray
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2019): 1.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - Silver
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2019): 1.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - Space Gray
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2019): 2.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - Silver
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2019): 2.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - Space Gray
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2019): 2.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - Silver
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2019): 2.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - Space Gray
15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2019): 2.3 GHz 8-Core, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - Silver
15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2019): 2.3 GHz 8-Core, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - Space Gray
15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2019): 2.6 GHz 6-Core, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - Silver
15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2019): 2.6 GHz 6-Core, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - Space Gray
16-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2019): 2.3 GHz 8-Core, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD - Silver
16-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2019): 2.3 GHz 8-Core, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD - Space Gray
16-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2019): 2.6 GHz 6-Core, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - Silver
16-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2019): 2.6 GHz 6-Core, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - Space Gray

MacBook Pro Timeline

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