New MacBook Pro 2016 - What's new and should I upgrade?Tech

By Maduranga Jayasinghe | 2016, October 28  Views : 306

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New MacBook Pro. A touch of genius.

Apple has unveiled their New MacBook Pro 2016 with expected OELD multi-touch bar. It's an impressive laptop which Apple has ever released to MacBook and MacBook Pro stack. Before this new MacBook Pro released, Apple's MacBook design was around four years old.


Its previous released 13-inch MacBook pro weights 1.58kg and is 18mm thick. The new 13-inch model is 3.1mm thinner than previous one. While the new MacBook Pro 15-inch model comes in 1.83kg weight with 15.5mm thickness, previous model is weight 2.04kg and thickness is 18mm. Even though new models are thicken than previous once, both new and previous released MacBooks are highly portable and compact.

What's New

New MacBooks are get rid of MagSafe Charger and has introduced four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports instead of it, and can be used to charge or as a Thunderbolt, USB, HDMI or VGI ports.

Previous model comes with a MagSafe port, two Thunderbolt 2 connections, two USB 3 ports, a headphone jack, an HDMI out port, and an SDXC card slot. Most significant thing is SDXC card slot can be appeared any of the newly released MacBook stack as well as USB ports.

The OELD Touch bar is the biggest addition to the new MacBook Pro. The tactile strip replaced the function keys. The OELD touch bar displays actions depending on what user 's doing on-screen, and Apple's Touch ID technology has been introduced for the first time. None of these appears on any of previous released models.

One feature that does appear on both models is the Force Touch trackpad with pressure-sensing capabilities. The pads on both models will allow you to click at three different pressure levels ? light, medium and heavy ? giving you a few extra options when it comes to certain programs. The pad on the new model is much larger, however.


In terms of resolution, the 13-inch models come with the same 2,560 x 1,600 offering, while the 15-inch variant comes with an impressive 2,880 x 1,800 resolution. Apple says the new screen is 67% brighter than the previous version, has 67% higher contrast ratio, and 25% more colors.


This time, Apple has switched to Intel's new 6th generation Skylake processors, offering an Intel Core i5 or i7 dual-core chip depending on the configuration user choose. That should ensure a noticeable bump in performance, though it should be said that previous models were no slouch in the performance department. You'll get a speedy user experience either way, but the new models are much more capable than their predecessors.


In terms of RAM, last year released models came with either 8GB or 16GB, which is the same on the new models, while storage is now configurable up to 2TB and is much faster on the new MacBook Pros.


And when it comes to battery life, the new models also should manage to improve on their predecessors. The 13-inch 2015 MacBook Pro came with a 74.9-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery, offering up to 10 hours wireless web and up to 12 hours iTunes film playback. On the 15-inch variant, the 99.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery provided up to nine hours wireless web and up to nine hours iTunes film playback.

OS & Software

Both previous released MacBooks and 2016 MacBooks come with the same latest macOS Sierra. The OS introduces a range of upgrades , iCloud integration ? particularly the Universal Clipboard and Desktop iCloud sync as well as Siri integration. For some new features, you'll need to have an iOS device, especially universal clipboard.


13-inch MacBook Pro (without Touch ID and Touch bar) is starting from US$ 1,499.00 while it included MacBook Pro starting from US$ 1,799.00. 15-inch MacBook Pro start from US$ 2,399.00. Dramatically price has rose comparing with previous released models.