Apple officially released the long awaited update of the MacBook Pro on October 27, 2016. It was described as the most powerful and as the thinnest and lightest of all MacBook Pro ever produced. The machine was redesigned with a new hardware, new look, and attractive new features.
The new MacBook is available in two different sizes (13-inch and 15-inch). It is faster and more powerful than its predecessor. It has the most colorful and brightest display ever. It boasts a 130% faster graphics, 17% thinner body and 65% brighter display than its predecessor.
The MacBook Pro is made of the Touch Bar, which replaces the normal function row keys Of the previous Macs. The Touch Bar which is a small OLED Retina display is made in form of a contextual multi-touch display that can perform a huge range of functions based on the particular app in use. And for the very first time, the Mac is made available with a Touch ID, which enables instant access to login and lots more.
The MacBook Pro speakers have been totally redesigned with 58% more volume, with two and a half times louder bass than the previous Mac. This makes it a perfect choice for track mixing, video editing or for watching movies.
The Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro is the most powerful portable notebook computer the company sells. It boasts of quad-core processors, discrete graphics, and a larger size, setting it apart from the 13-inch machine. According to Apple, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is 60% faster for gaming, 130% faster in rendering 3D graphics and 57% faster when used for video editing compared to the previous version.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro has two model, both with Touch ID, four Thunderbolt ports, 3 ports, and its unique Touch Bar.
2.6GHz quad-core Core i7 Skylake processor, 16GB, 2133 MHz RAM, 256GB SSD which can be updated with a 512GB, 1TB, or a 2TB SSD, Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB memory which can also be upgraded to a 4GB memory.
2.7GHz quad-core Core i7 Skylake processor, 16GB, 2133 MHz RAM, 512GB SSD which can be upgraded with a 1TB or 2TB SSD, Radeon Pro 455 with 2GB memory which can also be upgraded with a 4GB memory
The 15-inch MacBook Pro battery life has a one-hour improvement when compared to the previous edition. It offers up to nine hours of wireless web usage and nine hours of iTunes movie playback. It is equipped with a 76 watt-hour lithium polymer battery that is charged using an 87W USB-C power adapter which is also included.
The Apple’s 13-inch MacBook pro is smaller when compared to the 15-inch model, which means a reduction in its internal components. The 13-inch MacBook features dual-core processors and integrated graphics, instead of quad-core processors and discrete graphics of the 15-inch model, but the internal components are still far better than the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro.
When compared to the previous version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the battery life is slightly down. The 2015 version offered up to 10 hours of wireless web usage and 12 hours of iTunes movie playback, but the 2016 model offers 10 hours of wireless web use and up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback on a single charge. It is equipped with a 49.2-watt-hour lithium polymer battery that is charged using a 61W USB-C power adapter which is also included.
There are two 13-inch MacBook Pro models that come with a Touch ID, Touch Bar, and four thunderbolt ports.
2.9GHz dual-core Core i5 Skylake processor, 8GB 2133MHz RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 550
2.9GHz dual-core Core i5 Skylake processor, 8GB 2133MHz RAM, 512GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 550.
The RAM, processor, and SSD of the 13-inch MacBook Pro models can both be upgraded.
Great specifications for the Macbook Pro 2016; however, the price kills the features and slashes its chances of being in the hands of every technology enthusiast.