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This is one of 3 articles dedicated to Apple’s Macbooks:

1. How to choose the best Mac book Air
2. How to choose the best Macbook Pro 13
3. How to choose the best Macbook Pro 16 (this article)

Who is the Apple Macbook Pro 16 ideal for?

1. Do you want one of the most powerful and most reliable laptops available on the market?
2. Do you want the most powerful Apple Macbook laptop currently available?
3. Do you want a laptop that’s excellent all around?

That’s the Apple Macbook Pro 16 for you.

It’s a laptop that’s solid, reliable, powerful, with an excellent battery life, an outstanding 16″ display, surprisingly powerful and accurate speakers, a great backlit keyboard and a top of its class trackpad.

What can the Apple Macbook Pro 16 do for you?

– Web browsing
– Office work (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)
– Emails
– Listening to music
– Watching TV/movies from local files or streaming.
– Audio/photo/video/3D editing.
– Connecting multiple external 4K/5K monitors.
– Pretty much anything that you can think of.

Why choose the Apple Macbook Pro 16?

– Best CPU performance: The only Macbook with six and eight cores CPUs.
– Dedicated graphic card in all models, boosting performance in apps with GPU acceleration.
– Secure: Touch ID reader: Unlocking the computer with your fingerprint.
– 3072 x 1920 display, maximum brightness of 500 nits, excellent color accuracy and viewing angles.
– True Tone display technology automatically adjusts white balance to match the color temperature of the surround light. Can be disabled.
– 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of high-performance DDR4 2666MHz RAM memory.
– High-performance PCIe SSD storage makes your computer feel more responsive, boot and resume fast.
– It’s an Apple PC: mac OS, Siri, iCloud, many built-in apps, highly reliable, excellent customer service
– Excellent backlit keyboard with minimal light bleeding, great for typing
– The trackpad is outstanding, features a has a large surface area, with great multi-touch support
– Quiet: The fan is hardly audible, unless you push the CPU to 100% for a long time.
– Speakers can go surprisingly loud and actually offers a decent dynamic range, considering their size.
– Touch bar
– Touch ID sensor
– Long battery life: Up to 11 hours of web browsing
– Solid and great looking aluminum unibody chassis
– Solid screen hinge
– Bluetooth 5.0
– 802.11ac WiFi
– 4x Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C ports: Integrates data transfer, charging, and video output in a single reversible connector, delivering up to 40 Gbps of throughput.
– Allows you to plug two 5K monitors, charge your Macbook from any port, reversible, compatible with existing devices using an adapter.
– 90 Days of Free Telephone Support from Apple
– Although Apple makes some odd choices sometimes, their customer service is excellent in the vast majority of cases.

Why you might not want the Apple Macbook Pro 16: Cons

– Most expensive Macbook: the Macbook Pro 13 and Macbook Air are more affordable.
– You cannot add RAM, it’s soldered.
– You can’t upgrade the storage.
– Not as light and as thin as the lighter but less powerful Macbook Pro 13 and Macbook Air. Weighting in at 4.3 lbs and measuring 0.6″ thick, it’s still wonderfully for a laptop with a 16″ display that offers that much performance and is made out of metal.
– No card reader
– Adapters required for: USB Type-A ports, HDMI or LAN RJ-45. Consider a dock.
– No optical drive. You can get an external USB powered optical drive, if you want to.
– No Numpad
– 1 year warranty is surprisingly short for such a premium product.
– Getting used to macOS if you’ve never used it before.

How to Choose your Apple Macbook Pro 16

What you need to know:

The new Macbook Pro 16 keyboard. With a physical Esc keyboard and scissor keys.

What has changed on the Macbook Pro 16 Late 2019 compared to the Macbook Pro 15 Mid 2019?

Larger and higher resolution display, higher performance, more powerful graphics, more RAM, more storage, more reliable keyboard, return of Escape key, etc.

1. Larger, higher resolution 16″ display with thinner bezels: As you have probably noticed by now, I refer to the Macbook Pro 16, not 15. That’s because the display size has increased from 15.4″ to 16.0″. The resolution has scaled accordingly, from 2880 x 1800 to 3072 x 1920. You still get the wide color P3 Gamut and True Tone. Bezels have shrunk, resulting in a Macbook that’s hardly wider, despite the larger display.
2. Upgraded graphics: You get AMD’s newest Radeon Pro 5300M and Radeon Pro 5500M mobile GPUs. These are based on AMD’s 7nm RDNA architecture, offering significant gains in performance and power efficiency. The Radeon Pro 5300M should be 120% faster than the Radeon Pro 555X used in the last-generation base models, while the Radeon Pro 5500M should offer 80% more performance than the Radeon Pro 560X.
3.
 New scissor switch keyboard, with a physical Escape key: After 3 generations of butterfly keyboard, Apple went back to a scissor switch keyboard. One would assume that this is due to the poor reputation of the butterfly keyboard, reliability wise. Key travel has also increased: you now get 1mm of key travel, nearly twice the 0.55mm that the older, butterfly-based keyboard offered. Apple also re-introduced a physical Esc key.
4. Higher frequency RAM, maximum of 64GB: Frequency went up, from from DDR4-2400 to DDR4-2667, resulting in 11% more memory bandwidth. The maximum amount of RAM available has doubled, up from 32GB to 64GB.
5. Increased base model storage, higher maximum amount of storage: The base model now comes with a 512GB SSD. The maximum amount of storage is now a whooping 8TB!
6. Upgraded audio system: You now get a 6 speaker setup, as well as “force‑cancelling woofers” to minimize the vibrations caused by the speakers. Support for Dolby Atmos audio has been added. Improved triple microphone array to reduce hiss by 40% and improve the signal to noise ratio.
7. Further improved performance thanks to better cooling: Thanks to more heatsink mass, surface area, and more airflow, the 16-inch MacBook Pro can sustain 12 more watts of thermal dissipation, allowing the CPU and GPU to stay at higher turbo clockspeeds for longer.
8. Longer battery life: Thanks to a larger 100 Watt-hour battery (the previous model had a 83.6Whr battery), the Apple Macbook Pro 16 features an 11 hours battery life.
9. Physical size and weight: Despite the larger display, the Macbook Pro 16 is hardly bigger than the older Macbook Pro 15: 1.62 cm x 35.79 cm x 24.59 cm V.S. 1.55 cm x 34.93 cm x 24.07 cm. It has gained a bit of weight, now weighting in at 4.3lbs compared to 4.02lbs before.

The 5 differences between all the Macbook Pro 16 Late 2019:

1. Choose between three levels of CPU performance:

From the lowest to highest performance:
– Intel Core i7 Six-Core / 12 threads 2.6-4.5GHz
– Intel Core i9 Eight-Core / 16 threads 2.3-4.8GHz
– Intel Core i9 Eight-Core / 16 threads 2.4-5.0GHz

More cores, higher base and Turbo frequencies (GHz) mean higher performance.

2. Choose between four levels of graphic card performance

All models come with a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro graphic card, based on the latest AMD RDNA GPU architecture.

There are four options available to you, in order of performance, from slowest to fastest:
1. AMD Radeon Pro 5300M 4GB: 1280 SPs, 20 compute units.
2. AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB: 1536 SPs, 24 compute units, 4GB of memory
3. AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB: 1536 SPs, 24 compute units, 8GB of memory
4. AMD Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB: 2560 SPs, 40 compute units, 8GB of memory

If you only use your MacBook Pro to run basic programs, such as Office and/or image editing, the basic graphic card is fine.

On the other hand, if you do a lot of video editing, render 3D or play video games, the higher-end model, with 8GB of memory, is what you want.

3. Choose between 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of memory (RAM)

4GB_RAM_macbook_airYou have the choice between 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of memory.

Is 16GB of RAM enough for you or do you want 32GB or even 64GB?

It depends on what you intend to do with your Macbook Pro.

If you only use your MacBook to run a few basic programs at once, like email, some Excel, Word, a web browser, one heavy program and iTunes, 16GB is plenty of memory.

On the other hand, if you run multiple heavier programs and like to multitask, 32 GB is a wise option.

Do you work with multiple heavy programs (audio/photo/video/3D) at once, work with virtual machines, very large data files and have no time to lose? Opt for 64GB of RAM.

If you intend on keeping your Macbook for many years, going with 64GB is a good idea, seeing as memory usage keeps increasing, with newer versions of programs using more and more memory.

Keep in mind that the memory is soldered in the Macbook computer, so you cannot add memory to upgrade your computer.

4. Five storage capacities:
512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB or 8TB

Unsure about how whether you want 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB or 8TB of storage?

Read our article on How to choose the right SSD storage capacity and pay less for your computer to figure it out.

Leave a comment at the end of this article if you have any questions.

5. Choose the color

The Apple Macbook Pro 16 is available either in Silver or Space Grey.

Apple Macbook Pro 16 Late 2019

Prices for B&H as of November 16th 2020. Prices and availability are subject to change.
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34 recommended CPU/RAM/GPU configurations:

From the least powerful to the most powerful model:

1. Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6-4.5GHz / 16GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5300M 4GB:

Base-level CPU, 16GB RAM, with the base-level graphic card option

512GB storage: $2,149.00 at B&H
– 1TB
storage: $2,599.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $2,999.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $3,599.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $4,799.00 at B&H

Is it safe to buy a Mac from B&H Photo Video instead of the Apple Store? 

Yes. B&H Photo Video is an Authorized Apple Reseller. That means B&H has received authorization from Apple to sell Macs, iPods, etc. This is great for you because B&H prices are generally much lower than the Apple Store. Items ship promptly and you receive the same warranty as if you had made the purchase at the Apple Store. In fact, you still receive all the benefits of the Apple Store (classes, Genius Bar access, etc.) when you buy from B&H Photo Video. So really, the only difference between buying from B&H and the Apple Store is that with B&H you will probably save a lot of money!

2. Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6-4.5GHz / 16GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB

Base-level CPU, 16GB RAM, with the 3rd best graphic card option

512GB storage: $2,499.00 at B&H
– 1TB
storage: $2,699.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $3,099.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $3,699.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $4,899.00 at B&H

3. Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6-4.5GHz / 16GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB

Base-level CPU, 16GB RAM, with the 2nd best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $2,599.00 at B&H
– 1TB
storage: $2,799.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $3,199.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $3.799.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $4,999.00 at B&H

4. Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6-4.5GHz / 16GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB

Base-level CPU, 16GB RAM, with the best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,199.00 at B&H
– 1TB
storage: $3,399.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $3,799.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $4.399.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $5,599.00 at B&H

5. Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6-4.5GHz / 32GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5300M 4GB:

Base-level CPU, 32GB RAM, with the base-level graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $2,799.00 at B&H
– 1TB storage: $2,999.00 at B&H
– 2TB storage: $3,399.00 at B&H
– 4TB storage: $3.999.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $5,199.00 at B&H

6. Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6-4.5GHz / 16GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB

Base-level CPU, 32GB RAM, with the 3rd best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $2,899.00 at B&H 
– 1TB storage: $3,099.00 at B&H 

– 2TB storage: $3,499.00 at B&H
– 4TB storage: $4,099.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $5,299.00 at B&H

7. Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6-4.5GHz / 32GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB

Base-level CPU, 32GB RAM, with the 2nd best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $2,999.00 at B&H
– 1TB storage: $3,199.00 at B&H
– 2TB storage: $3,599.00 at B&H
– 4TB storage: $4,199.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $5,399.00 at B&H

8. Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6-4.5GHz / 32GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB

Base-level CPU, 32GB RAM, with the best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,599.00 at B&H
– 1TB storage: $3,799.00 at B&H
– 2TB storage: $4,199.00 at B&H
– 4TB storage: $4,799.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $5,999.00 at B&H

9. Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6-4.5GHz / 64GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5300M 4GB:

Base-level CPU, 64GB RAM, with the base-level graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,199.00 at B&H
– 1TB storage: $3,399.00 at B&H
– 2TB storage: $3,799.00 at B&H
– 4TB storage: $4,399.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $5,599.00 at B&H

10. Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6-4.5GHz / 64GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB

Base-level CPU, 64GB RAM, with the 3rd best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,299.00 at B&H
– 1TB storage: $3,499.00 at B&H
– 2TB storage: $3,899.00 at B&H
– 4TB storage: $4,499.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $5,699.00 at B&H

11. Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6-4.5GHz / 64GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB

Base-level CPU, 64GB RAM, with the 2nd best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,399.00 at B&H
– 1TB
storage: $3,599.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $3,999.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $4,599.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $5,799.00 at B&H

12. Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6-4.5GHz / 64GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB

Base-level CPU, 64GB RAM, with the best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,999.00 at B&H
– 1TB
storage: $4,199.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $4,599.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $5,199.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $6,399.00 at B&H

13. Intel Core i9 8 cores 2.3-4.8GHz / 16GB RAM /AMD Radeon Pro 5300M 4GB:

Mid-level CPU, 16GB RAM, entry-level graphic card option

– 1TB storage: $2,499.00 at B&H Not recommended, see the model below, better graphics for the same price
– 2TB
storage: $3,199.00 at B&H Not recommended, see the model below, better graphics for the same price
– 4TB
storage: $3,799.00 at B&H Not recommended, see the model below, better graphics for the same price
– 8TB
storage: $4,999.00 at B&H Not recommended, see the model below, better graphics for the same price

14. Intel Core i9 8 cores 2.3-4.8GHz / 16GB RAM /AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB:

Mid-level CPU, 16GB RAM, 3rd best graphic card option

– 1TB storage: $2,499.00 at B&H
– 2TB storage: $3,199.00 at B&H
– 4TB storage: $3.799.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $4,999.00 at B&H

15. Intel Core i9 8 cores 2.3-4.8GHz / 16GB RAM /AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB:

Mid-level CPU, 16GB RAM, 2nd best graphic card option

– 1TB storage: $2,899.00 at B&H
– 2TB storage: $3,299.00 at B&H
– 4TB storage: $3.899.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $5,099.00 at B&H

16. Intel Core i9 8 cores 2.3-4.8GHz / 16GB RAM /AMD Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB:

Mid-level CPU, 16GB RAM, best graphic card option

– 1TB storage: $3,499.00 at B&H
– 2TB storage: $3,899.00 at B&H
– 4TB storage: $4.499.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $5,699.00 at B&H

17. Intel Core i9 8 cores 2.3-4.8GHz / 32GB RAM /AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB:

Mid-level CPU, 32GB RAM, 3rd best graphic card option

– 1TB storage: $3,199.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $3,599.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $4,199.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $5,399.00 at B&H

18. Intel Core i9 8 cores 2.3-4.8GHz / 32GB RAM /AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB:

Mid-level CPU, 32GB RAM, 2nd best graphic card option

– 1TB storage: $3,299.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $3,699.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $4,299.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $5,499.00 at B&H

19. Intel Core i9 8 cores 2.3-4.8GHz / 32GB RAM /AMD Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB:

Mid-level CPU, 32GB RAM, best graphic card option

– 1TB storage: $3,899.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $4,299.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $4,899.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $6,099.00 at B&H

20. Intel Core i9 8 cores 2.3-4.8GHz / 64GB RAM /AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB:

Mid-level CPU, 64GB RAM, 3rd best graphic card option

– 1TB storage: $3,599.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $3,999.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $4.599.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $5,799.00 at B&H

21. Intel Core i9 8 cores 2.3-4.8GHz / 64GB RAM /AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB:

Mid-level CPU, 64GB RAM, 2nd best graphic card option

– 1TB storage: $3,699.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $4,099.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $4.699.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $5,899.00 at B&H

22. Intel Core i9 8 cores 2.3-4.8GHz / 64GB RAM /AMD Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB:

Mid-level CPU, 64GB RAM, best graphic card option

– 1TB storage: $4,299.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $4,699.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $5.299.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $6,499.00 at B&H

23. Intel Core i9 8-core 2.4-5.0GHz / 16GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5300M 4GB:

Best CPU, 16GB RAM, with the base-level graphic card option

512GB storage: $2,699.00 at B&H
– 1TB
storage: N/A
– 2TB
storage: $3,299.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $3,899.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $5,099.00 at B&H

24. Intel Core i9 8-core 2.4-5.0GHz / 16GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB

Best CPU, 16GB RAM, with the 3rd best graphic card option

512GB storage: $2,799.00 at B&H
– 1TB
storage: $2,999.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $3,399.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $3,999.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $5,199.00 at B&H

25. Intel Core i9 8-core 2.4-5.0GHz / 16GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB

Best CPU, 16GB RAM, with the 2nd best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $2,899.00 at B&H
– 1TB
storage: $3,099.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $3,499.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $4.099.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $5,299.00 at B&H

26. Intel Core i9 8-core 2.4-5.0GHz / 16GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB

Best CPU, 16GB RAM, with the best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,499.00 at B&H
– 1TB
storage: $3,699.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $4,099.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $4.699.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $5,899.00 at B&H

27. Intel Core i9 8-core 2.4-5.0GHz / 32GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5300M 4GB:

Best CPU, 32GB RAM, with the base-level graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,099.00 at B&H
– 1TB storage: $3,299.00 at B&H
– 2TB storage: $3,699.00 at B&H
– 4TB storage: $4.299.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $5,499.00 at B&H

28. Intel Core i9 8-core 2.4-5.0GHz / 16GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB

Best CPU, 32GB RAM, with the 3rd best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,199.00 at B&H
– 1TB storage: $3,399.00 at B&H

– 2TB storage: $3,799.00 at B&H

– 4TB storage: $4,399.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $5,599.00 at B&H

29. Intel Core i9 8-core 2.4-5.0GHz / 32GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB

Best CPU, 32GB RAM, with the 2nd best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,299.00 at B&H
– 1TB storage: $3,499.00 at B&H
– 2TB storage: $3,899.00 at B&H
– 4TB storage: $4,499.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $5,699.00 at B&H

30. Intel Core i9 8-core 2.4-5.0GHz / 32GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB

Best CPU, 32GB RAM, with the best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,899.00 at B&H
– 1TB storage: $4,099.00 at B&H
– 2TB storage: $4,499.00 at B&H
– 4TB storage: $5,099.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $6,299.00 at B&H

31. Intel Core i9 8-core 2.4-5.0GHz / 64GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5300M 4GB:

Best CPU, 64GB RAM, with the base-level graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,499.00 at B&H
– 1TB storage: $3,699.00 at B&H

– 2TB storage: $4,099.00 at B&H

– 4TB storage: $4,699.00 at B&H
– 8TB storage: $5,899.00 at B&H

32. Intel Core i9 8-core 2.4-5.0GHz / 64GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB

Best CPU, 64GB RAM, with the 3rd best graphic card option

– 512GB storage: $3,599.00 at B&H – Not recommended, get the better model below for less moneu
– 1TB storage: $3,799.00 at B&H
– Not recommended, get the better model below for less moneu
– 2TB storage: $4,199.00 at B&H
– Not recommended, get the better model below for less moneu
– 4TB storage: $4,799.00 at B&H
– Not recommended, get the better model below for less moneu
– 8TB storage: $5,999.00 at B&H

33. Intel Core i9 8-core 2.4-5.0GHz / 64GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB

Best CPU, 64GB RAM, with the 2nd best graphic card option

– 512GB storage:$3,399.00 at B&H Not recommended, get twice the storage for less money.
– 1TB
storage: $3,349.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $3,999.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $4,499.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $6,099.00 at B&H

34. Intel Core i9 8-core 2.4-5.0GHz / 64GB RAM / AMD Radeon Pro 5600M 8GB

Best CPU, 64GB RAM, with the best graphic card option

– 512GB storage:$4,299.00 at B&H
– 1TB
storage: $4,499.00 at B&H
– 2TB
storage: $4,899.00 at B&H
– 4TB
storage: $5,499.00 at B&H
– 8TB
storage: $6,699.00 at B&H

Older models:

Macbook Pro 15 Mid 2019:
What has changed on the Macbook Pro 15 Mid 2019 compared to the Macbook Pro 15 Mid 2018?

Eight cores CPUs, more reliable keyboard

1. Higher performance CPU: The Mid-2018 Macbook Pro 15 was limited to a six-core Core i7 or i9 CPU. The base model of the Mid-2019 Macbook Pro 15 is equipped with a 6-core Core i7 CPU, but it is now available with two 8-core Core i9 CPU upgrade options.
2. Updated keyboard: Apple said they changed the material in the keyboard’s butterfly mechanism that should substantially reduce issues that some users have seen. Apple also said that any problems with the butterfly keyboard on any of its MacBook Pros would be covered at no cost to the customer. The company has also taken steps to improve the repair process, shortening the time it takes to make repairs to the keyboards.

The 5 differences between all the Macbook Pro Mid 2019:

1. Choose between three levels of CPU performance:

From the lowest to highest performance:
– Intel Core i7 Six-Core / 12 threads 2.6-4.5GHz
– Intel Core i9 Eight-Core / 16 threads 2.3-4.8GHz
– Intel Core i9 Eight-Core / 16 threads 2.4-5.0GHz

More cores, higher base and Turbo frequencies (GHz) mean higher performance.

2. Choose between four levels of graphic card performance

All models come with a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro graphic card.

There are four options available to you, in order of performance, from slowest to fastest:
1. AMD Radeon Pro 555X 4GB: 768 SPs, 12 compute units
2. AMD Radeon Pro 560X 4GB: 1024 SPs, 16 compute units
3. AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16 4GB: 1024 SPs, 16 compute units. Newer architecture, resulting in higher performance.
4. AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 4GB: 1280 SPs, 20 compute units. Newer architecture, resulting in higher performance.

If you only use your MacBook Pro to run basic programs, such as Office and/or image editing, the basic graphic card is fine.

On the other hand, if you do a lot of video editing, render 3D or play video games, higher-end models will give you better performance.

3. Choose between 16GB or 32GB of memory (RAM)

4GB_RAM_macbook_airYou have the choice between 16GB and 32GB of memory.

Is 16GB of RAM enough for you or do you want 32GB?

It depends on what you intend to do with your Macbook Pro.

If you only use your MacBook to run a few basic programs at once, like email, some Excel, Word, a web browser, one heavy program and iTunes, 16GB is plenty of memory.

On the other hand, if you run multiple heavier programs (audio/photo/video/3D) at once, work with virtual machines, very large data files, like to multitask and have no time to lose, 32 GB is the wiser option.

If you intend on keeping your Macbook for many years, going with 32GB is a good idea, seeing as memory usage keeps increasing, with newer versions of programs using more and more memory.

Keep in mind that the memory is soldered in the Macbook computer, so you cannot add memory to upgrade your computer.

4. Five storage capacities:
256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB or 4TB

Unsure about how whether you want 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB or 4TB of storage?

Read our article on How to choose the right SSD storage capacity and pay less for your computer to figure it out.

Leave a comment at the end of this article if you have any questions.

5. Choose the color

The Apple Macbook Pro 15 is available either in Silver or Space Grey.

Prices for B&H as of  September 25th 2019. Note that I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Prices and availability are subject to change.

Apple Macbook Pro 15 Mid 2019

Recommended CPU/RAM/GPU configurations:

– See all the used Mid 2019 Macbook on B&H here

Macbook Mid-2018 models:

What has changed on the Macbook Pro 15 Mid 2018 compared to the Macbook Pro 15 Mid 2017?

Up to 70% higher CPU performance, improved graphics, higher maximum RAM and storage capacity, True Tone, Apple T2 co-processor, more quiet and dust resistant keyboard

1. Massively higher performance CPU: You get the newer, higher performance, 8th generation Intel Core CPU architecture, Coffee Lake. With a move from a quad-core to a six-core CPU, Apple says that it offers a up to 70% performance improvement, thanks to having 50% more cores and higher boost frequencies – the top-end i9-8950HK goes up to 4.8GHz! So performance should be improved in all cases, even in those that can’t take advantage of the additional cores.
2. Upgraded Graphics: While the Mid 2017 model included either an AMD Radeon Pro 555 or 560 dedicated GPU, the Mid 2018 models comes with the newer AMD Radeon Pro 555X or 560X GPU. The biggest difference is that the Radeon Pro 555X comes with 4GB of dedicated memory, as opposed to 2GB for the Radeon Pro 555 non-X. Otherwise, the 555X and 560X are similar to the 555 and 560. You also get the Intel UHD Graphics 630, integrated in the CPU. The MacBook Pro is able to switch in between integrated and dedicated graphics, depending on what type of task is executed, to maximize battery life and performance based on your current usage.
3. Updated Bluetooth: You now get Bluetooth 5.0 instead of 4.2
4. True Tone: True Tone display technology automatically adjusts white balance to match the color temperature of the surround light. This can be disabled.
5. Updated coprocessor chip: Apple’s T2 brings support for “Hey Siri” which will allow you to invoke the digital assistant by speaking instead of hitting a specific key combo.
The T2 is also Apple’s SSD controller, so this means that the MBP 15 Mid-2018 is getting a SSD upgrade and it also means that said storage is now always encrypted.
6. A quieter and more dust resistant keyboard, protected by a thin silicone layer, as discovered by iFixit. According to them, “dust largely stays around the exterior of the new silicone shield, but particles can make their way past the barrier over time.” Keycaps are changed, making them easier to remove without breaking the mechanism.
MacRumors has leaked an internal document from Apple Authorized Service Providers confirming that the purpose of the keyboard membrane is to “prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism.” Note that Apple now offers a 4 years warranty on the keyboard of all Macbooks equipped with the older buttlerfly keyboard without that membrane.
7. You can now get up to 32GB of RAM.
8. You can now get up to 4TB of storage.
9. Support for the Blackmagic eGPU standalone external graphic unit. It comes with a Radeon Pro 580 graphics card with 8GB of video memory, with two Thunderbolt 3 and one HDMI output, allowing you to connect two external displays. It’s also a USB hub with four USB-A 3.1 ports and a charger with 85 watts of power delivery. It’s available directly from Apple.

The 5 differences between all the Macbook Pro Mid 2018:

1. Choose between three levels of CPU performance:

From the lowest to highest performance:
– Intel Core i7-8750H: Six-Core / 12 threads 2.2-4.1GHz
– Intel Core i7-8850H: Six-Core / 12 threads 2.6-4.3GHz
– Intel Core i9-8950HK: Six-Core / 12 threads 2.9-4.8GHz

Higher base and Turbo frequencies (GHz) mean higher performance.

2. Choose between four levels of graphic card performance

All models come with a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro graphic card.

There are four options available to you, in order of performance, from slowest to fastest:
1. AMD Radeon Pro 555X 4GB: 768 SPs, 12 compute units
2. AMD Radeon Pro 560X 4GB: 1024 SPs, 16 compute units
3. AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16 4GB: 1024 SPs, 16 compute units. Newer architecture, resulting in higher performance.
4. AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 4GB: 1280 SPs, 20 compute units. Newer architecture, resulting in higher performance.

If you only use your MacBook Pro to run basic programs, such as Office and/or image editing, the basic graphic card is fine.

On the other hand, if you do a lot of video editing, render 3D or play video games, higher-end models will give you better performance.

3. Choose between 16GB or 32GB of memory (RAM)

4GB_RAM_macbook_airYou have the choice between 16GB and 32GB of memory.

Is 16GB of RAM enough for you or do you want 32GB?

It depends on what you intend to do with your Macbook Pro.

If you only use your MacBook to run a few basic programs at once, like email, some Excel, Word, a web browser, one heavy program and iTunes, 16GB is plenty of memory.

On the other hand, if you run multiple heavier programs (audio/photo/video/3D) at once, work with virtual machines, very large data files, like to multitask and have no time to lose, 32 GB is the wiser option.

If you intend on keeping your Macbook for many years, going with 32GB is a good idea, seeing as memory usage keeps increasing, with newer versions of programs using more and more memory.

Keep in mind that the memory is soldered in the Macbook computer, so you cannot add memory to upgrade your computer.

4. Five storage capacities:
256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB or 4TB

Unsure about how whether you want 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB or 4TB of storage?

Read our article on How to choose the right SSD storage capacity and pay less for your computer to figure it out.

Leave a comment at the end of this article if you have any questions.

5. Choose the color

The Apple Macbook Pro 15 is available either in Silver or Space Grey.

Apple Macbook Pro 15 Mid 2018

Recommended CPU/RAM/GPU configurations:

From the least powerful to the most powerful model:

– See all the used Mid 2018 Macbook on B&H here

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this article on how you can choose the best Apple Macbook Pro 16 for your needs.

Do you have any feedback or any questions? Are you unsure which model is the best one for you?

Please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.