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The New MacBook Pro: How Does it Compare to the Last Model?

Apple released their new MacBook Pro line at their press event on October 27. How does it stack up to the last model?

The new generation of MacBook Pro will be even thinner and lighter than the previous generation, at 17% thinner than the last MacBook Pro. The 13-inch version weighs only 3lbs, almost half a pound less than the previous version.

The new model will still come in 13- and 15-inch versions.

There’s a new Force Touch trackpad with a lot more space, a new keyboard with the same “butterfly” mechanism as in the most recent MacBook, and a replacement for the outdated function keys with Touch Bar.

See the specs compared below:


2016 MacBook Pro

OS: MacOS (Sierra)

Size: 13-inch verison: 0.59″ x 11.97″ x 8.36″ 15-inch version: 0.61″ x 13.75″ x 9.48″

Weight: 13-inch: 3.02lbs, 15-inch: 4.02lbs

Storage: Up to 2TB SSD

Resolution: 2560 x 600 native resolution

Display: 13- or 15-inch Retina display (The display of the new MacBook Pro is 67% brighter, has 67% higher contrast and has 25% more colors)

Chipset: 6th Gen quad-core Intel i5 or i7

RAM: 8GB or 16GB

Graphics: Intel Iris graphics or AMD Polaris Radeon Pro

Battery: Up to 10 hours

Ports: Four Thunderbolt 3 ports (any can be used for charging, Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, VGA or HDMI)

Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible, Bluetooth 4.0

Other Features: Advanced thermal architecture, all-new speaker design, Touch Bar

Colors: Silver and Space Grey

Cost: The 13-inch will start at $1,799 and the 15-inch will start at $2,399.


There’s a Third MacBook Pro?

Apple surprised the world with a third MacBook Pro to rival the MacBook Air. Specs are below. The main difference, other than some key specs, is that the Touch Bar will NOT be seen in this version.

OS: MacOS (Sierra)

Size: 0.59″ x 11.97″ x 8.36″

Weight: 3.02lbs

Storage: 256GB SSD

Resolution: 2560 x 600 native resolution

Display: 13-inch Retina display

Chipset: 6th Gen dual-core Intel i5

RAM: 8GB

Graphics: Intel Iris graphics

Battery: Up to 10 hours

Ports: Two Thunderbolt 3 ports (any can be used for charging, Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, VGA or HDMI)

Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible, Bluetooth 4.0

Other Features: Advanced thermal architecture, all-new speaker design

Colors: Silver and Space Gray

Cost: Starts at $1,499


2015 MacBook Pro 15-inch

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How does the old 15-inch MacBook Pro stack up to the new MacBook Pro line? (Getty)

OS: MacOS (Sierra)

Size: 0.71″ x 14.13″ x 9.73″

Weight: 4.49 pounds

Storage: 256GB or 512GB flash storage, configurable to 1TB flash storage.

Resolution: 2880 x 1800 pixels

Display: 15.4-inch LED backlit Retina display

Chipset: Intel Core i7 processor, configurable up to 2.8GHz

RAM: 16GB of DDR3L memory

Graphics: Intel Iris Pro Graphics, some models include AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB of GDDR5 memory

Battery: Up to 10 hours of web browsing, up to 12 hours of movie playback, up to 30 days of standby time

Ports: MagSafe 2 power port, Two Thunderbolt 2 video outputs, two USB 3 outputs, 3.5 mm headphone jack, SD card slot, HDMI output

Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible, Bluetooth 4.0

Other Features: dual microphones, stereo speakers, 720p FaceTime HD camera

Cost: Starting at $1,999, higher-end model $2,499

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