Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.
Two of the most-leaked products this year have been officially unveiled. We knew they were coming, but now we’ve seen Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro (and put our fingers on its revamped keyboard) as well as Motorola’s foldable RAZR. Beyond the new hardware, there’s a deeply discounted iPad Pro to consider, and Netflix is teaming up with Nickelodeon to fight back against Disney+.
To answer some of your likeliest questions: Yes, it’s fast; no, it’s not as big or as heavy as you think; no, there’s still no SD card reader and yes, there’s a new keyboard that brings back “scissor” switches and copies Apple’s Magic Keyboard for desktops. After 24 hours, Engadget Editor in Chief Dana Wollman writes “Yes, I like it. Quite a lot.”
The starting price has stayed the same as the 15-inch model it replaces at $2,399 for the entry-level configuration and $2,799 for the step-up model. It’s slightly heavier at 4.3 pounds but also upgrades the battery inside from 84Wh to 100Wh — the largest size allowed on planes. We’ll need more time for a full review, but with a bigger screen, improved microphone and speakers and a physical escape button, things are looking up.
Confirming the rumors we’ve heard all year, Motorola is rolling out a Verizon-exclusive $1,500 handset that folds up while reviving the classic RAZR in name and style. Now that Chris Velazco has checked out the device at Motorola’s LA launch event, he said that while “people who demand peak smartphone performance or superior battery life might be a little disappointed… the company might be on to something.“
Amazingly, making a small device that unfolds into a regular-sized smartphone is more appealing to many than the Galaxy Fold approach of turning a phone into a tablet. The RAZR even has a few features that are usable while it’s closed, and the motion of its hinge — which relies on that sizable chin for support — makes the phone satisfying to open. And when it’s open, that 6.2-inch, 21:9 screen is ready to go. What we’ll need to find out in our review is if its smallish dual-battery setup and midrange specs are too big of a sacrifice for the high price of flexibility.
Other than the new 16-inch laptop, Apple confirmed that non-EDM DJs will be able to grab its new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR in December. A spokesperson now says that the machine can handle six simultaneous 8K streams, up from the previous claim of three streams, made back when the machine was unveiled at WWDC in June.
Nickelodeon and Netflix have announced a new multi-year deal to produce original animated content based on the Nickelodeon library and new characters. The details are still vague, but the companies have previously worked together to bring us Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus and Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and promised a “reimagined” live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series with original creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko involved again.
Everything that was on fire was supposed to be on fire.
From travel mugs to an all-in-one pour-over kit, we have gifts for all levels of caffeine consumption.
This iPad Pro is the older second-generation model that lacks FaceID and a USB-C port, but it still packs plenty of power and runs the latest multitasking-friendly iPad OS. Walmart’s pre-Black Friday price of $599 is cheaper than it’s ever been, so if you’re looking for a tablet upgrade today this might be the one to pick.
But wait, there’s more…
- Google will start offering checking accounts in 2020
- Spotify’s Magic Leap app lets you virtually pin music on the wall
- Mark Wahlberg is poised to join the ‘Uncharted’ movie
- John Carmack takes a step back at Oculus to work on AI that learns like humans do
- Nike will no longer sell its shoes and apparel on Amazon
- The legal battle over 3D-printed guns is far from over
- Microsoft begins rolling out its Windows 10 November update
- Apple’s Phil Schiller calls Chromebooks ‘cheap testing tools’
- Netflix renews ‘The Witcher’ more than a month before it debuts
The Morning After is a new daily newsletter from Engadget designed to help you fight off FOMO. Who knows what you’ll miss if you don’t Subscribe.
Have a suggestion on how we can improve The Morning After? Send us a note.