Apple's all-new 16-inch MacBook Pro features a 'Magic Keyboard' with a redesigned scissor mechanism and 1mm travel for a more satisfying key feel, replacing the MacBook Pro's troublesome butterfly keyboard. The price is comparable to the previous model.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on November 14, 2019

Apple is on a game changer. Its new bigger (16 inches) MacBook Pro has after numerous failed attempts gone and ditched the butterfly keyboard.

“The all-new MacBook Pro features a brilliant 16-inch Retina Display, the latest 8-core processors, up to 64GB of memory, next-generation graphics with up to 8GB of VRAM and a new advanced thermal design, making it the most powerful MacBook Pro ever,” Apple said in a press release.

“Featuring a new Magic Keyboard with a redesigned scissor mechanism and 1mm travel for a more satisfying key feel, the 16-inch MacBook Pro delivers the best typing experience ever in a Mac notebook. The 16-inch MacBook Pro also includes a six-speaker sound system, longer battery life, Touch Bar, Touch ID, the Force Touch trackpad and the Apple T2 Security Chip.”

“Reader, it is good,” said The Verge‘s Dieter Bohn.

“I shouldn’t be that definitive in this hands-on with the laptop since I’ve only been typing on it for half a day, but I don’t expect my opinion to change with more time. Apple has dropped the butterfly mechanism it has used on MacBooks for the past few years and gone back to good old reliable scissor switches. Apple has enough faith in this new (old) design that it won’t be including this MacBook Pro in its extended keyboard repair program.”

Anyone with the personal computer knows how annoying the butterfly keyboard was. The could jam on a single grain of dirt and an incredibly expensive repair process until Apple started fixing them for free and that’s a trial too, ExtremeTech reported.

Apple MacBook Pro

“Our pro customers tell us they want their next MacBook Pro to have a larger display, blazing-fast performance, the biggest battery possible, the best notebook keyboard ever, awesome speakers and massive amounts of storage, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro delivers all of that and more,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing. “With its brilliant 16-inch Retina display, 8-core processors, next-gen pro graphics, even better thermal design, new Magic Keyboard, six-speaker sound system, 100Wh battery, up to 8TB of storage and 64GB of fast memory, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the world’s best pro notebook.”

Apple stated that the 16-inch MacBook Pro uses the most advanced thermal architecture ever in a Mac notebook to enable the system to run at higher power for sustained periods of time.

“The sophisticated fan design features a larger impeller with extended blades along with bigger vents, resulting in a 28 percent increase in airflow, while the heat sink is 35 percent larger, enabling significantly more heat dissipation than before. Together, these advancements in cooling capacity allow the 16-inch MacBook Pro to sustain up to 12 more watts during intensive workloads than the previous design,” Apple said.

The MacBook Pro, essentially for developers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists and music producers, accounts for about 10% of Apple’s total annual revenue of US$260 billion.

The new MacBook Pro will start at US$2399 (A$4399 in Australia), comparable with the older model, and was available from Wednesday is available today through apple.com/au and the Apple Store app and in US retail stores later this week and in the rest of the world shortly.