Has the new MacBook Pro finally fixed Apple's keyboard problem?
We thought there might be a new MacBook Pro by the end of the year after all Apple has a new Mac Pro.
That's a big crazy cheese grater that's coming out in December.
There is indeed a new MacBook Pro and I've got it right here and I've just started looking at it.
It's a 16 inch MacBook Pro that's got upgraded processing a 16 inch display.
Better graphics, better audio, better microphones, better battery, but the number one thing you're going to be most curious about is this got a new keyboard and I've just started playing with it.
I haven't even been using the MacBook Pro 16 inch.
For a full day these are my very early impressions using it so far typing on it and just getting a feel for it and FYI, the specs on the model I got from Apple.
It's a 2.4 gigahertz eight core Intel Core i nine knife jen 32 gigabytes of RAM in MD radio and pro 5500 m graphics and Let's check a look two terabytes of SSD, which can be expanded up to eight terabytes now, and the ram can be expanded up to 64 gigs.
We'll find out what those configurations turned out to be price wise, but it starts at 2399
Let's talk about Apple keyboards.
They were great and they didn't used to be a problem.
I remember owning a ton of Mac books and loving the experience typing on them.
I have a 2012 mac book at home, that the keys have really nice travel and that's what I was used to Things changed.
Apple introduced this butterfly keyboard with the 12 inch MacBook and created this flatter typing experience that turned a lot of people off and also started having a whole bunch of problems.
A lot of people had issues with keys that would break or jam.
It's softer under them [UNKNOWN] will be very hard to replace Apple extended it's repair program.
And here's the big issue, now Apple has decided to change the keyboard again again.
Not on the other [UNKNOWN] there on the new Macbook pro.
And the keyboard that they put in is kind of like a [UNKNOWN] to one that already exist.
The iMac and iMac pro magic keyboard and this is called a magic keyboard.
What this means when you type on them is not really anything exciting.
It's what you expect a keyboard to be.
The keys click in more they have more travel.
It says a millimeter of key travel that's less than what the older MacBook Pros and Mac books used to have.
Like I have my 2012 model But it's a lot better than the butterfly keyboards that feel flat and almost not like keys at all.
This is my favorite in between field.
It's also a backlit and they use a mechanism that also has a little rubber dome underneath.
Apparently that means that the keys can be removable so I think it should be easier to repair.
We don't know that much more about it but it sounds promising.
And typing with it for just a little bit of time.
it's a great keyboard.
I can definitely feel there is more travel here.
It still feels clicky though but i feel like teh keys are actually moving.
Is the keyboard that I wanted on the other Macbooks?
Now to be clear I've used a Macbook air from 2018 as my work computer.
I think those keyboards are fine when they're not breaking.
So I used to typing on screens.
I have a lot of forgiveness for weird typing mechanisms.
So those keyboards are okay.
I think this keyboards a lot better and it sounds like it's going to be a lot more durable.
So that's good news.
We have to come up with a whole new MacBook to introduce a whole new keyboard.
No and, and this is the other question is when will they introduce this keyboard into other Mac books?
That's totally unclear.
The MacBook Pro 16 inch starts at 2399.
So it's not a MacBook for everyone or even for me.
But it's out there, and maybe Apple will adapt this keyboard into its other MacBooks.
But they haven't announced that yet, and they haven't made it clear when that would happen.
FYI, also Apple made a big deal out of the escape key, which used to be a part of the Touch Bar, and was not a real key at all.
I've never really used the touch bar and I'm not really wild about it, but it's here on the 16 inch and you can't opt out of it.
It's smaller this time.
It doesn't have any vibrating tactile response.
It's still basically a touch screen.
But Touch ID is now broken out a little bit, like on the MacBook Air, so at least you can feel for it.
If you're not looking at the screen, and there's an actual Escape key, which Apple says is a big deal for programmers, or maybe just for anyone.
But why not make the rest of those real keys do.
I would not mind that option.
Let me just pick this thing up and show it to you.
So the 16 inch MacBook Pro has thin bezels.
It feels like the thinnest bezel Macbook that I've seen in a while.
And the chassis is meant to feel a lot like the 15 inch MacBook Pro which by the way is no longer being sold by Apple.
The 16 inch pros are the replacement for that and it starts at the same price that the 15 inch used to be at.
Now that being said, you could probably get that 15 inch MacBook Pro on sale from a lot of other places.
But this on paper sounds like a much better laptop.
Because of its processor bumps, it's display its keyboard.
The battery in here is 100 watt hour, which Apple says will last about an hour more in daily use.
So 11 hours versus the last claim of 10 hours, but it's a much bigger battery.
So we'll have to see how that works as far as performance for games for graphics.
Stay tuned for that and the weight of it.
I mean it's not a light laptop.
This is 4.3 pounds.
It's not bad though.
I feel like you're buying a laptop like this because you want a performance powerhouse.
You're not looking for the lightest thing so it's still feels fine the whole like this.
I wouldn't want to hold it like that for long, but it's a It's compact, it feels good.
It's just, you're dealing with a slightly larger bodied laptop than before.
A bit bigger footprint, and a tiny, tiny bit thicker.
The track pad on these MacBooks, by the way, are tremendous.
This one doesn't seem like it's any bigger.
But I always love the fact that I could like put my whole hand on it, I don't know if I need that, but it's a lot of space.
You'll notice that there's a lot of space here though, on either side of the keyboard, part of that is to accommodate a six speaker array that is in this including sub woofers That are meant to cancel themselves out for reverberation and provide this booming sound, which does sound really great.
Do you need really great speakers in your MacBook Pro?
Maybe if you're producing professional films and you need to play them back.
The microphones on here are also meant to be according to Apple Podcast worthy so you could record something that you could use in a studio setting like a triple array of mics.
But again, if you're a pro user, you probably have something else that you're plugging in.
But FYI, that's in there too.
As far as the ports go, there are still just four Thunderbolt three ports or Hey, there are four Thunderbolt three points depending on which way you think about it.
There are no extra ports which could be really frustrating for you.
But you can use any of them to charge your macbook pro which by the way comes at a slightly higher voltage charger, 96 volts this time but again like a big white brick.
Who is this for?
Definitely not for me because i'm not a super pro user but we are going to be giving a lot profiles.
About the MacBook Pro and its performance.
You can get a lot of other laptops for less, including MacBooks, that perform just fine, that aren't this expensive.
But it's cool that Apple's releasing something that's overdue as far as a big performance boost.
Especially with the Mac Pro coming out, which is making a big leap For video and graphics in 8K.
There are a lot more questions you're gonna have about this laptop.
Pro users wanna know all about the performance.
But in the few hours I've had with this laptop, I haven't been able to answer those yet and I'm not gonna.
I was really curious about the keyboard.
I've been looking for doing a keyboard on a MacBook,
For a long time and it's great.
This is like ever typing experience.
I am not wild about the touch [INAUDIBLE] I wish that would change.
May have [INAUDIBLE] feedback or go physical bunchs.
For more on the MAC PRO 16 inch, including benchmarks, graphics, performance and a lot more, stay tune on CNet
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