last year, on 27 October Apple released the new MacBook Pro with screen sizes of 13-inch and 15-inch and featuring a 5th generation Intel Skylake processor, slim design and customizable touch bar right on top of the keyboard

Apparently, there are 3 models of the MackBook Pro, on the 13-inch budget model without the touch bar and the other 13 inch and 15-inch model with the touch bar. So we will try to review all of the models.

NEW MACBOOK PRO 2016 REVIEW

DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY

As compared to the previous generations these laptops are thinner and lighter in weight. The 13-inch and the 15-inch models are 14.9mm and 15.5mm thick and weigh almost 1,37Kg and 1,83kg respectively. However, the previous models were of 1.58kg and 2.04kg weight and were both 18mm thick. The company now able to reduce the weight and thickness finally.

Dimensions

The 13-inch model:

30.41cm x 21.24cm x 1.49cm; 1.37kg

The 15-inch model:

34.93cm x 24.07cm x 1.55cm; 1.83kg

New MacBook Pro design and quality

However, the design is as similar as the previous generations had. But, few physical changes are made under the lid. The most prominent and flagship feature that was introduced in the event is the touch screen bar on top of the keyboard and the company calls it as touch bar.

As it was expected the company has also removed the traditional USB port on the MacBook Pro along with MagSafe charging port and has replaced them with USB-C/Thunderbolt ports. The models with touch bar are having 4 USB-C/Thunderbolt ports while other having only 2. The models also featuring 3.55mm headphone jack.

New MacBook Pro design and quality 2

TOUCH BAR

The Touch Bar is a long slender touchscreen which is placed right on the top of the keyboard and has replaced the conventional keys as introduced in the previous generation models. The touch bar is able to display and provide you a wide range of functions and controls.

For an instance, in Safari it displays tab thumbnails accompanied with back and forward buttons and the like. While in the mail it displays QuickType typing suggestions and emoji buttons. Mail also provides the predictive suggestions which offer moving an email to a folder which it thinks is suitable.

The Touch Bar supports multitouch and some of the applications which require tapping and swapping with dual fingertips at once. Most importantly, it is more fast and responsive, switching near instantly when modifying app or changing the function with an app. However, the replacement of the function keys is sad and we must admit that there is no shortcut for the helpful Cmd + F3 which clears the windows temporarily.

New MacBook Pro touch bar

Touch ID

The most effective feature of the Touch Bar is Touch ID sensor in the right edge. Although it can be used for the apple pay, which s not widely used on the iPhone, and this means that you can be able to make transactions using this feature without having to use the linked iPhone but for unlocking the devices.

As soon as the screen brighten ups and open the lid, the touch bar also lightens up. Unlock the Touch ID using an endearing bouncing arrow pointing towards the fingerprint sensor and instructions. To Unlock the Touch ID, just place your fingerprint on the sensor for few seconds and your MackBook is unlocked. There may be the little delay, so you have to wait for it to be loaded completely.

In terms of the speed and reliability, it is better than the one used in the first generation of Touch ID. As fingerprint login is very helpful. And it is more useful when you have multiple accounts to log in. So when you will place your finger on the scanner it will automatically login to your account and will ignore all other thus making the login process more efficient.

Additionally, if you have placed your finger on the scanner and it does not login into the account which is linked and requires a password from you then it will, then the Touch ID will recognize fingerprints and will jump to the password field of the account which is connected.

Well, if you have an Apple watch then you can log in more easily than this by utilizing the new proximity unlock feature. But not all of you is having Apple Watch.

New MacBook Pro touch id

QuickType

The second most amazing feature of the Touch Bar is QuickType. In reality and also along with wide range of the features such as Mail, Messages, Notes, Pages and TextEdit, the Touch Bar provides you the typing suggestion from the iPhone and iPad and place them above the keyboard of the laptop.

QuickType is assumed to be a time-saving feature. When you start tapping on octosyllabic word on an iPhone SE’s little portrait keyboard, and QuickType sharply assumes what are you going to write and shoes the shortcuts to complete and clings that shortcut right in your eye line which is helpful and time-saving.

New MacBook Pro QuickType

And when the same thing happens in the MacBook Pro the suggestions appears just on the top of the keyboard and allows you to save a bit less time. And you may have noticed that a person with a good typing speed is faster than the suggestion that is displayed, so they have to slow down to look down at the touch bar.

Sound Touch Type shows that the users need to look at the touch bar rather than looking at their fingers.However the QuickType element on the Touch Bar support and demand accurately the contrast.

As nowadays, few people have their own style of typing and manage their own best way of working with Touch Bar Quick Type but after some practice. This means that they have been waiting for the biggest word and saves time by clicking on the suggestion and it feels good when emojis appear on the Touch Bar when you are typing.

The most interesting thing is that when you are typing an out documents such as formatting. However, the basic formatting palette of notes is very helpful at fingertips. Such as writing a subhead, press the B then it will be bold. Therefore, such features are very helpful for you but you only need to find them and they provide you more support.

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Other feature

This Touch Bar prompt us about the 3D Touch Screen that was introduced with iPhone 6s, therefore, at the small extent, it shows some similarity with the Touch introduced in MacBook. But, it is implied to go on one of the two choices such as it could remain tricky or it could transfer the paradigm simply.

At the time of its launch, the Touch Bar was found to be very cool, flashy and original touch which attracts the customers towards it. Now, it has proved that it is performing all the tasks for which it was being introduced in the MacBook Pro. Well, you need to learn more about the Touch Bar feature as it has many of the things hidden inside it, that might help you to complete your work effectively and efficiently.

KEYBOARD AND TRACKPAD

Let us just explore the more interesting feature in these models. Let us talk about the Keyboard and trackpad.

Trackpad

We are going to talk about the trackpad, the Touch Bar is the only way that provides the outshine to trackpad as the MackBook Pro’s crowning glory. The trackpad seems to be more immense. The trackpad in the 15-inch model is almost 159mm by 99mm surprisingly. According to the company, the size of these trackpads are twice the size of the trackpads as introduced in the previous generation and the extra space really counts. While using one trackpad gesture the users can do swipe clear across the screen so easily and the users don’t have to raise the sensitivity to a point that it is improbable to be so correct.

New MacBook Pro trackpad

As the trackpads are substandard choice to suitable choice. Therefore, it can be expected that brilliant trackpad in the 15-inch MackBook Pro can create doubt in the user’s minds.

It is also Force Touch trackpad too. As it is known that, once the company made the commitment to the tech features then the company really commits it. Now, it is also expected that all the MackBook Pros, that the company will be going to release in the next few years will consist of the higher level Force Touch Compatibility. The Force Touch is very different from the conventional trackpad tech in both mechanisms like, when you click the trackpad it doesn’t really operate, rather than duplicating the quality of a click, more definitely than the solid-state Home button as introduced in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with a small haptic drone and the second mechanism named as function, it’s responsive to two disparate degrees of touch pressure, which indicates that you can either click things commonly, or force-click them to request inferior control which ranges from application to application.

Just similar to the previous generation of the MacBook Pros and 12-inch MacBook models as released in the recent years, these laptops are featuring Apple’s Force Touch trackpad, which is very sensitive to shifting degrees of touch pressure and requires the harder presses to activate the additional functions while depending on the type of the application. For example, you can also perform a Force-click in Safari for opening the dictionary definitions.

New MacBook Pro trackpad 2

However, the absence of the physical movement in the theory makes the trackpad less flat to cause a failure. It is similar to decent flash instead of moving disc storage. Admitting that at the expenses of the small output of battery power are resulting in small buzzes. But, the most importantly, it is imitated which indicates that it is quite easy to customize, you can visit the System Pref any time you like and adjust the magnitude of that click effect.

The most important feature is the addition of the Force Click, which is capable of having the potential to greatly diverse the MacBook Pro’s control and development as huge in its way as the right click. At the moment, there are also some of the new and effective little tricks and shortcuts. With the help of Force-Click the users can be able to look up definitions of a word, fast scrub a video timeline, and much more.After the famous Touch Bar introduction, the more app makers are now working to develop the applications for clever Force Touch controls.

Keyboard

One of the main drawbacks is that the companies which are being built up for consolidating such large and beautiful trackpad. Well in terms of keys, the distance between them has been reduced to make more space. There is no such apparently difference for most of the keys. However, the arrow keys are compressed into a skinny small rectangle of space. But most of the users found them as unusable and become more used to the space around the arrow keys on the 2015 MBP. The Up arrow key and the down arrow key can not be interchangeable according to the users choice, and there is little bit chance that we can interchange the other two keys.

New MacBook Pro keyboard

As compared to the keyboard of the last year’s MBP, these keyboards are lower to the bed along with the shallower typing action. For providing support in the quest for slimness and just similar to the 12-inch MackBook Pro, which is featuring a low-travel by Utilizing one of the most useful Apple’s butterfly key mechanism design. In this case, it is second generation design which is designed for providing a better fell but most of the users found it harder for their fingers to find a particular key or a right key when they are touching or typing and thus they preferred the bouncer type keys as introduced in the earlier models.

Due to a lower bed of the keyboard, the user found hurdles in their typing speed and accuracy as well. As you know there is always some of the solutions for some e drawbacks. So for covering this drawback, the company has introduced the Quick Type text suggestions, so that the users can be able to cover their typing speed and even more common auto correction features as introduced in MacOS Sierra.

New MacBook Pro keyboard 2

However, some of the users have experienced a lag between the speed typing and the predictions/suggestions as displayed on the Touch Bar and this makes it slower. But the autocorrect portion of this comparison speed is less of an issue. According to the users’review, it is very odd too when the users finds mistype a word in Notes, then view the red underline surfaces several of words later and the auto-correct charges in a couple of words after that, same a the OS is dutifully serving its policy for your mistakes during which you move on.

There is also a slight feel of bounce under the fingers of users, probably as a consequence of the new shallow-action butterfly key-press mechanism manage to get the laptop thinner than its predecessors, and they are boisterous than it is expected to be. For most of the time, it doesn’t matter but the users may be surprised that how often they type on the sofa near their relatives while they are always there to catch the words as written by them.

SPEED TESTING & BENCHMARKS

The max specced 15-inch MacBook Pro featuring a 2.9GHz i7 processor and 16GB of RAM had been tested through a GeekBench 4.0.3 benchmarking suite. This model has been succeeded for recording MBP and has been able to record overall speed scores of 13,211 in a multi-core and 4,232 in a single core. And this indicates that it is having perfect speed. Following are the speed numbers as tested by the Geekbench 4.0.1 in a single core and multicore in 2015 and 2016:

Single-core processing speed scores

Speed score of the models in late 2016 is as follow:

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar with 2.6GHz processor scores 4,216
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar with 2.9GHz processor scores 3,927
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys accompanied with 2.0GHz processor scores 3,765

Speed score of the models in 2015 is as follow:

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with 2.5GHz processor scores 4,151
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro with 2.5GHz processor scores 3,724
  • 13-inch MacBook Air with 1.6GHz processor scores 3,219

Multi-core processing speed scores

Speed score of the models in late 2016 is as follow:

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 2.6GHz processor scores 12,842
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 2.9GHz processor scores 7,599
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys and 2.0GHz processor scores 7,316

Speed score of the models in 2015 is as follow:

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with 2.5GHz processor scores 13,564
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro with 2.5GHz processor scores 7,022
  • 13-inch MacBook Air with 1.6GHz processor scores 5,719

New MacBook Pro speed test

Graphics speed testing

Here are the tests about the graphic speed as the test with the Geekbench OpenCL and Cinebench OpenGL benchmarks. In the Geekbench, the latest 13-inch MackBook Pro featuring a Touch Bar scores 30,826 which is almost 59% better than the previous generation of the models and this score is 8.6% better than the 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring function keys, not Touch Bar along with Intel Graphics 540. However, the brand new 15-inch MackBook Pro with Touch Bar, featuring AMD Radeon Pro 450 graphics and 2GB of dedicated graphics memory, scores 42,827 which is 38.7% better than the previous generation models. Here are the scores as tested in Geekbench OpenCL and Cinebench OpenGL benchmarks:

New MacBook Pro graphic test

In Cinebench, the 13-inch MackBook Pro has shown 36.8fps, which is 27.5% better than the previous generation laptop of the same model. On the other hand, the 15-inch MackBook Pro has shown astonishing 70.4fps which are 13.7% better than the previous generation as displayed in the screenshot below:

New MacBook Pro graphic test 2

SPECS

13-inch MacBook Pro model without Touch Bar

  • 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache (Configurable to 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz, with 4MB, shared L3 cache)
  • 8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard RAM (Configurable to 16GB)
  • Intel Iris Graphics 540
  • 256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD (Configurable to 512GB or 1TB SSD)
  • 13.3-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560×1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch; 500 nits brightness; Wide color (P3)
  • Built-in 54.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery; estimated battery life up to 10 hours wireless web use
  • 802.11ac WiFi; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible; Bluetooth 4.2
  • Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys; Force Touch trackpad
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports; 3.5mm headphone port
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • 30.41cm x 21.24cm x 1.49cm; 1.37kg

13-inch MacBook Pro model with Touch Bar

  • 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache (Configurable to 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, with 4MB, shared L3 cache; or 3.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache)
  • 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard RAM (Configurable to 16GB)
  • Intel Iris Graphics 550
  • 256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD, or 512GB PCIe-based onboard SSD (Configurable to 1TB SSD)
  • 13.3-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560 x 1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch; 500 nits brightness; Wide color (P3)
  • Built-in 49.2-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery; estimated battery life up to 10 hours wireless web use
  • 802.11ac WiFi; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible; Bluetooth 4.2
  • Full-size backlit keyboard with 64 (US) or 65 (ISO) keys including 4 arrow keys; Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor; Force Touch trackpad
  • 4 x Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports; 3.5mm headphone port
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • 30.41cm x 21.24cm x 1.49cm; 1.37kg

15-inch MacBook Pro model with Touch Bar

  • 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, with 6MB shared L3 cache or 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 8MB shared L3 cache (Configurable to 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz, with 8MB, shared L3 cache)
  • 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard RAM
  • Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching, or Radeon Pro 455 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching (Configurable to Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching); Intel HD Graphics 530
  • 256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD, or 512GB PCIe-based onboard SSD (Configurable to 1TB or 2TB SSD)
  • 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880 x 1800 native resolution at 220 pixels per inch; 500 nits brightness; Wide color (P3)
  • Built-in 76.0-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery; estimated battery life up to 10 hours wireless web use
  • 802.11ac WiFi; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible; Bluetooth 4.2
  • Full-size backlit keyboard with 64 (US) or 65 (ISO) keys including 4 arrow keys; Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor; Force Touch trackpad
  • 4 x Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports; 3.5mm headphone port
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • 34.93cm x 24.07cm x 1.55cm; 1.83kg

PRICE

The price of 13-inch MackBook Pro model without Touch Bar starts at £1,449 or $1811.25 and the starting price of 13-inch MackBook Pro model with Touch Bar and 256GB is £1,749 or $ 2186.25 and for 512GB it is £1,949 or $2436.25. The price of 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is £2,349 or $2936.25 for 256gb and 2.6 GHz processor and for 512GB and 2.7GHz, it is £2,699 or $3373.75 respectively. As these are the basic prices for the models, but if you want to have higher specced model then the prices will increase according to your demand.

New MacBook Pro spec

Colors

The new MacBook Pro 2016 is prepared in two color finishes, silver, and Space Grey. It seems notably prominent in Space Grey according to our suggestion.

OUR VERDICT

The new MacBook is one of the loveable laptops in the laptop market. These laptops are featuring huge trackpad and it is admirable to use the trackpad. However, the trackpad is so big that the keys of the keyboard have been squeezed to make room for the trackpad and the keyboard is also flattened down to make the laptops slimmer. This indicates that the users will find ut hard to type especially for the users who are touch typists, and found it difficult to find the keys initially as compared to the older laptops. The arrow keys indicate fantasy.

The Touch Bar is one of the most amazing features of the new MacBook Pro and it’s very cool to touch and use the Touch Bar. Therefore, the developers had already been busy to offer their services for the Touch Bar feature. The users had already found it more enjoyable and essential as it helps them in their work.

Of course, this is the efficient machine but not as much as fast it should be for some tasks. These laptops are worth featuring a maximum spec of 16GB of RAM and help the machine to perform its genuine pro settings’ role. However, these laptops are very fast and beautiful but with small defects along with a huge price.

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