Today Apple has made its 2016 MacBook Pro official. Here are its specs, price, release date info. Basically here is all the information about today’s Hello Again event about the mac release and everything you need to know.
There was a huge spread rumor that today apple will launch a mac with a touch bar and Apple did that. However, the this time they have 3 macs for you.
The 2016 MacBook Pro comes in 15-inch and 13-inch sizes, and takes its cues from the evolutionary design choices that Apple has taken last year with MacBook, and complements that with the addition of some truly revolutionary features giving the ‘Pro’ moniker something to actually stand proud by. Now that Apple has taken the covers off of its new computing machine, all those earlier rumors and speculations have finally been laid to rest, with the real concern being how, and when will fans be able to put their hands on one.
We take a look at all that makes the new MacBook Pro special, when can customers expect to grab one, and at what price. So without further ado, let’s get down to the intricacies of this announcement.
Specs / Features of the 2016 Mac
As expected, the new MacBook Pro is immediately recognizable as one of Apple’s notebooks, but does come with exterior changes that will appeal to potential owners and differentiates it from previous-gen MacBook Pro design which has been around since 2012. It is also slimmer and lighter than its predecessor.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro comes in with slimmer and more compact design. Apple says it 14% thinner and is also 20% more compact than before. The 13-inch machine is 17% thinner and 23 percent less in volume compared to the previous gen. MacBook Pro.
The new mac comes with a retina display with the serious bunch of improvements. The new MacBook Pro gets a boost that’s 67% brighter, packs 25% more colors, and has a 67% higher contrast ratio than before. Amazing!
It’s the most anitcipated feature so far in the new macs. Its the most highlight features of the new MacBook Pro, and definitely one thing that will ensure it moves off shelves in droves. Called the Touch Bar, this particular MacBook Pro offers a touch-sensitive toolbar on the top of the keyboard and that allows different function keys and shortcuts to be mapped around for that ultimate dynamic approach. The keys and content here contextually change depending on the first or third party app being used. You will love it. I might guy this guy.
CPU & GPU
The new MacBook Pro features 6th generation Intel CPUs. With the top-of-the-range 15-inch model we are looking at a Core i7 with 2133MHz memory and an AMD Radeon Pro GPU with up to 4GB VRAM. All of this makes for working with 3D graphics: 130% faster, gaming: 60% faster, and video editing: 57% faster. There’s a whopping 2TB SSD as well which is now 50% faster.
The 13-inch model, on the other hand, will be in Core i5/i7 with up to 2133MHz memory, and Intel Iris Graphics up to x2 faster than before. This makes the machine 103% faster at gaming and 76% faster at video and graphics editing.
It’s been a staple part of Apple’s iOS-powered devices for a while, but now it makes it debut on the Mac. With this 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. The Touch ID sensor is covered by Saphire crystal, and packs built-in Secure Enclave, just like Apple’s modern iOS devices. It can, of course, also be used for Apple Pay on the web.
USB Type-C / Thunderbolt 3/HDMI/VGA/DisplayPort
As was expected, Apple has continued its adoption of USB Type-C by integrating the connection into both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro. There are now 4 of these ports, but incredibly offer support for multiple types of connections. Of course, these ports handle power, but also support Thunderbolt 3 which allows additional displays and accessories to be connected as well as offering the all-important more speed, more pixels, and more power. There’s also HDMI, VGA, and even DisplayPort support. Again, this is hot!
Glad to see speakers getting some focus this time around. Apple says that the speakers in the new MacBook Pro range now offers 2x the dynamic range.
The keyboard on the new MacBook Pro now employs the new butterfly mechanism, which had been introduced with the 12-inch MacBook in 2015. The keyboard is LED backlit of course, but this time with each key independently lit up. More so, Apple really wants you to use Siri on your new MacBook Pro and for that purpose has included a dedicated key to invoke Siri.
Force Touch Trackpad
This isn’t exactly a new feature, as it was there in the last mac but is one that continues to push forward the appeal of the MacBooks, and even more so this time around with a Force Touch glass trackpad that boasts a surface area that is 2x larger than before, for that precision input and interaction than before.
The battery 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. Macs are good with using battery effectively so no worries about it, you have your 1 day with your new macs.
Now you got colours ! You 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
That’s all so far. Stay tuned for more updates.