At the iconic Town Hall in the One Infinite Loop campus, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage off the 2016 Mac event aptly title “hello again.” Announced the latest addition to the MacBook Pro range now, finally. The new hardware has been unveiled at its dedicated Mac event held in its Apple campus in Cupertino, has been long due for a refresh not just under-the-hood, but aesthetically as well, particularly when you consider the beautiful 12-inch MacBook model that has been around since 2015.
In 2016, MacBook Pro comes in 15-inch and 13-inch sizes, and although takes its cues from the evolutionary design aspects that Apple has added last year with MacBook, and components taht with the addition of features giving the ‘Pro’ moniker something to actually stand proud by. Now that the company has taken the wraps off its new computing machine, gives us a real concern being how, and when will fans be able to put their hands on one.
What originally makes the new MacBook Pro special? When can customers expect to grab their own, and at what price etc. Without any further ado, let’s get down to the highlight of this announcements.
2016 MacBook Pro Specifications
Features a new design, the 2016 version of MacBook Pro is immediately recognizable as one of Apple’s notebooks, but does come with exterior changes that will nevertheless appeal to potential owners and differentiates it from previous-gen MacBook Pro design. It is so familiar and lighter than its predecessor.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro flaunts a slimmer and more compact design. Apple says it 14% thinner and is also 20% more compact than earlier. The 13-inch machine is 17% thinner and 23 percent less in volume compared to the previous gen MacBook Pro.
Display is Retina of course, but comes with serious bunch of improvements. The new MacBook Pro no boasts a display that is 67% brighter, packs 25% more avid colors, and has a 67% higher contrast ratio than before. Hot!
Touch Bar is definitely one of the best features of the new MacBook Pro. Called the Touch Bar, this specific MacBook Pro offers a touch-sensitive toolbar on the top of the keyboard that allows different function keys and shortcuts to be mapped around for that extremely ultimate and dynamic approach.
The contextually change depending on the first or third party app being used, can also be customized. More admirable is the fact that the display on the Touch Bar is Retina, and it also employs the ability to detect multi-touch.
The all-new MacBook Pro runs sixth generation Intel CPUs. With the top-of-the-range 15-inch model gets a Core i7 with 2133Mhz memory and an ADM Radeon Pro GPU with up to 4GB of VRAM. All of this makes for working with 3D graphics: 130% faster, gaming: 60% faster, and video editing: 57% faster. There’s still a huge 2TB SSD as well which is now 50% faster.
About the 13-inch MacBook Pro model, it will come in Core i5/i7 CPU with upto 2133Mhz memory, and Intel Iris Graphics up to 2x faster when compared to its previous version. This also makes the machine 103% faster at gaming, and 76% faster at video and graphics editing.
Touch ID was been playing a major part of Apple’s iOS-powered devices for a while, but now it makes it debut on the Mac. With the latest MacBook Pro, hardware owners are finally able to authenticate and verify themselves with biometrics via an integrated Touch ID sensor built right into the power button that resides to the right side of the Touch Bar.
That Touch ID sensor is however covered by Sapphire crystal, and packs a built-in Secure Enclave, just like Apple’s modern iOS devices. It can also be used for Apple Pay on the web.
Connectivity options includes USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI/VGA, DisplayPort. As expected, Apple has continued its adoption of USB-C by integrating the connection into both the 13-inch and 15-incxh MacBook Pro. There are now 4 of these ports, but incredibly offer support for multiple types of connections. These ports handle power, but also support Thunderbolt 3 which allows additional displays and accessories to be connected as well as offering the more important speed, more pixels and more power additions. There’s also HDMI, VGA, and even DisplayPort support. Again!
Speakers on the new MacBook Pro now offers 2x the dynamic range. Glad to see speakers getting some focus this time around. Hello again!
The new MacBook Pro now employs the 2nd gen. Keyboard, butterfly mechanism. This keyboard addition is LED backlit of course, with each key independently lit up this time. Moreover, Apple wants you to use Siri on your new model and for that purpose has included a dedicated key to invoke Siri on MacBook Pro.
A new feature of Force Touch Trackpad is not exactly a great appeal of the MacBooks, but with the glass trackpad boasts a surface area that is 2x larger than before, for the precision input and interaction than before.
Battery life in this year’s MacBook Pro should be good enough to offer that “full day” experience with up to 10-hours of continuous operation, based on full charge and under optimum operating conditions.
Apple has introduced the new MacBook Pro, and it does come in those multiple colors, and very familiar, color options. Prospective owners can choose between Space Gray and Silver colors.
MacBook Pro’s default configuration and their respective pricing details are as follows:
- 13-inch base model without Touch Bar and Touch ID and 3 Thunderbolt 3 ports: $1,499 for Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD + 8GB RAM
- 13-inch with Touch Bar and Touch ID: $1,799 for Intel Core i5 + 256GB SSD + 8 GB RAM
- 15-inch with Touch Bar and Touch ID: $2,399 for Intel Core i7 + Radeon Pro 450 + 256GB SSD + 16 GB RAM
Apple is alread began taking orders for the new MacBook Pro. With the 13-inch base model MacBook Pro being available for shipping starting today. The 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro machines with Touch Bar and Touch ID ship out in 2 to 2 weeks time.
MacBook Pro 2016 Introduction
(MacBook Pro 2016 Design, Performance, & Features)
Learn more once you get your hands on the all-new MacBook Pro 2016.