Mac Book Pro 2016: Great experience, a worthy Upgrade?
Mac Book Pro 2016: Great experience, a worthy Upgrade? Let’s find out if the new 2016 MacBook Pro can justify its extravagant price with the re-design and added Touch-Bar experience
New Apple logo, a metal logo which doesn’t glow. The new generation is in a smaller footprint, thinner than the last year with sharp edges. The Metal unibody built makes it look a lot more premium compared to the plastic ones. It’s 9.7mm narrower, 6.1mm shallower, 2.5mm thinner and 0.21kg lighter that it’s predecessor.
Macbook Pro 2016 Display and accessibility
The significant change comes in the specifications, the experience and above all, the ‘Touch Bar’ which is a lot more useful. The Display gets brighter than before at 500-nit maximum brightness, with the same resolution and a wider retina display.
The keyboard moves to butterfly switch keys which will get some use to. The Trackpad is massive, bigger than most smartphones which do help someway avoiding you to lift your hands more often. However, the palm rejection is nit that good and gets annoying when you accidentally touch it.
The speakers sound good, are loud for a laptop. It has three USB-C 3.1 ports, accompanied by the connectors which is good. the USB-C type connector is the future given it’s universal and having two ports is always good to have.
However, the emission of the SD-card would be a bummer to the photographers, people who access the port which can be worked out with a simple USB-SD card connector.
Battery life on the 13″ is still good with SSD performance which won’t be significantly better than the last year version although the experience with the Touch-Bar would be great.
The ability to switch between the Radeon GPU and Intel’s HD 530 Graphins engine helps improve the efficiency. It delivers around 7.5 hours of streaming video at 50% brightness using BBC iPlayer
Mac Book Touch-Bar
The Touch-Bar is a 1085*30 OLED touch screen that sits above the keyboard with customization group of buttons and controls depending on the application you are accessing. The accessibility is great given the brightness, the viewing angles that makes it a great experience.
You have a power button with a fingerprint reader to make your ‘Touch Id’ purchases, logging in to wake up the machine and is a lot more convenient.
The set of buttons in the ‘Touch Bar’ customised through Touch Bar settings; you can also expand it to access the full set of controls. Currently, there are a lot of applications which currently does not support the ‘Touch Bar’ where it totally goes blank. Though Apple has developed it’s app to work with it, the ‘Slider” is great for scrubbing through videos, scrolling through pictures and videos.
Safari is a the best to experience the ‘Touch Bar’ with typical search, tabs, back, tabs switching buttons. With Videos the middle of the touch bar turns to a video scrubber, it’s a lot more fun and great replacement to a using a Trackpad.
It’ll expand the horizon when we get other applications to add the ‘Touch-Bar’ functionality.
Is it worthy of an upgrade, it’s expensive at $1,499 for a 13″ and $2,399 for a 15″, not that significant jump in the performance. However, for a technology person, the ‘Touch-bar’ feature and the redesign would be something to look forward.
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