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MacBook Pro 2019: Specs compared

16-inch MacBook Pro display
16-inch MacBook Pro display (Image credit: Rene Ritchie / iMore)

Apple has two models in its MacBook Pro line, a 13-inch model, along with the newly-introduced 16-inch MacBook Pro. Gone is the 15-inch MacBook Pro, replaced with the larger (but not too much larger) model, fading into the mists of time along with the so-called "MacBook Escape." Now your choices are between a fairly power, definitely portable 13-inch workhorse, or the large, six- or eight-core beast that is the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Take a peek at the specs (opens in new tab) of Apple's latest laptops right here. Note, these are the baseline specifications of each model, along with some of the components with which they can be upgraded when you order from Apple (opens in new tab).

Category13-inch MacBook Pro16-inch MacBook Pro
Operating SystemmacOS CatalinamacOS Catalina
Touch BarTouch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensorTouch Bar with Touch ID sensor
Starting price$1,299$2,399
FinishSilver, Space GraySilver, Space Gray
Display resolution2560x1600 (227ppi)3072x1920 (226ppi)
Processor1.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (Configurable up to 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7)2.6GHz six-core Intel Core i7 (Configurable up to 2.4GHz eight-core Intel Core i9)
Storage128GB SSD (Upgradeable to 2TB)512GB SSD (Upgradeable to 8TB)
Memory8GB (Upgradeable to 16GB)16GB (Upgradeable to 64GB)
GraphicsIntel Iris Plus Graphics 645 or 655AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory (Upgradeable to AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB or 8GB of GDDR6 memory)
Charging and expansionTwo Thunderbolt 3/USB-C portsFour Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports
Wireless802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
Camera720p FaceTime HD camera720p FaceTime HD camera
Video SupportOne 5K display or two 4K displays, all at 60HzTwo 6K displays or up to four 4K displays, all at 60Hz
AudioStereo speakers, three microphones, 3.5 mm headphone jackSix speaker w/ force-canceling woofer and wide stereo sound, Dolby Atmos support, three microphones, 3.5 mm headphone jack
BatteryUp to 10 hours of web surfing, iTunes movie playback, and up to 30 days of standby timeUp to 11 hours of web surfing, iTunes movie playback, and up to 30 days of standby time
Height0.59-inch (1.49cm)0.64 inch (1.62cm)
Width11.97 inches (30.41cm)14.09 inches (35.79cm)
Depth8.36 inches (21.24cm)9.68 inches (24.59cm)
Weight3.02 pounds (1.37kg)4.3 pounds (2.0kg)

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

8 Comments
  • Why is the resolution so low? The Surface Pro 4 is 2736x1864 (267ppi) on a 12.3" display and the Surface Book is 3000x2000 (267ppi) on a 13.5" display.. and they both support pen/touch for similar or less money than the MBP 13. Edit.. sorry left off a major part of my point.. they are both from last spring.
  • The same is on the iPhone 7 as well, they kept the same screen resolution despite other phones having a higher resolution. Really not sure why, it's disappointing
  • Someone pointed out to me that the Surface line needs the higher resolution because when you use a pen you tend to have your eyes closer to the screen. That make sense, so the only part of my question left is why are the Surfaces price competitive at a higher rez and with pen support? They certainly are not cheap.
  • Because unless you're looking at your screen through a microscope, you'd be hard pressed to see the difference.
    Don't let the mega-pixel spec fool you.
  • Is there a good way to compare the performance of the CPU versus previous generations of MacBook Pro, aside from the clock speed?
  • Geekbench maybe?
  • Why does iMore not display properly in safari on my iPhone 6s plus? When the articles contain these comparison tables it always cuts the 3rd column. I thought they were supposed to scroll left and right to see the entire table but it does not scroll. What gives?
  • For me the table in this article is optimized for mobile, it shows the 13 inch/15 inch columns and has the category above each entry, although previously I've noticed the same issue