Ars Technica reviews Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro: ‘A notable step up for performance-minded users’

The all-new MacBook Pro features a 16-inch Retina display, blazing fast performance, a new Magic Keyboard and six-speaker sound system.
The all-new MacBook Pro features a 16-inch Retina display, blazing fast performance, a new Magic Keyboard and six-speaker sound system.

“Apple’s new laptop seems designed to address three years of user complaints,” Samuel Axon for Ars Technica:

The 16-inch MacBook Pro seems like the closest thing Apple might ever make to an apology tour. While it sticks to many of the principles established in the 2016 redesign for the product line, its major changes over the just-discontinued 15-inch model include an overhauled keyboard and improved thermal performance—the chief things [for which] its predecessor was criticized… With this new model, Apple is offering new speakers, new microphones, much faster graphics, and a slightly larger and heavier chassis.

While the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro is not a totally new product, a few changes do make it the best MacBook Pro and a notable step up over its forebears for performance-minded users… The configuration we reviewed has the 2.4GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9 processor, the 8GB AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, 32GB of memory, and 2TB of flash storage. I’d argue this represents the most attractive, and possibly most common, configuration for most buyers, though many will opt to settle for 1TB storage instead given the cost.

Money being no object, it’s easy to recommend this machine for anyone who wants to run macOS and do heavy development or creative work.

MacDailyNews Take: As the Ars-tested config is the exact same as our 16-inch MBP units, here are our Geekbench 5 benchmarks (Single Core: 1234, Dual Core: 7233):


    1. I know right? Like something not so pro… maybe just call it plan MacBook.

      Apple, contact Howard, there’s an awesome idea about a product that you should follow up on.

      1. I don’t plan to call it MacBook, as you suggest, W.A.

        I call it – MacBook Air, the most underpowered Mac since MacBook.

        There’s also MacBonk – that’s the Donald edition, because his tiny hands can grab MacBonk’s by its tiny little I/O ports.

  1. I’m extremely proud to note that I had not a single thing to do with this new MacBook. I was telling Tim this the other day, and he told me to shut up about it already. Donald said to take all the credit though, and that it was the “best Mac” he’s ever used, and of course be thanked me for my service to Apple over the years, which, ultimately did play a tiny, tiny part in making this come true, which is the same size as my ego, of course – very small, like Trump’s hands (sorry DT I know you don’t like me going around saying that).

    Anyway… good work Tim! SJ would be proud. SJW be proud, you could say, I’m an aFib SJW these days, having raised kids, taken them to little league, showed them the shop I used to manage back in the day, took them to the spots I made TV shows in. It sure feels good to know that my shop management TV production famous people meeting days played both a tiny part and absolutely no part in the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

    Yep, pushing big loads off the plate in terms of life goals achieved sure feels good. I gives my heart a flutter of pride just thinking about it. Oh, there goes my watch again – Apple you are just too good! Like me!

    Dear Internet, I promise to stay wildly humble, because that’s just the kind of guy I am. In your face extremely humility – DT thought he invented it, but it was me!
    I can thank SJ for nudging me in that direction.

    Gee it sure feels good. X marks the spot – again!

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