MacBook Pro 2016 release

MacBook Pro 2016 release

From the introduction of the iPod, to the iPhone, Apple has often been at the forefront of bringing us the latest and, arguably, best new technology.

As with all its products, Apple outdoes each previous offering to bring consumers and Apple fanatics something new to the market.

However, in recent years, Apple’s biggest competitors have been slowly closing the gap, particularly in the form of Windows laptops that have begun to rival the tech giant’s MacBooks. But could Apple go back to being on top with the release of its latest MacBook Pro? The general consensus seems to be, yes.

What makes it so special?

It might not be the cheapest on the market, with prices starting at £1,449, but many are claiming the new MacBook to be “Apple’s most usable laptop yet.” So, let’s look at some of the details:

Design

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking little has changed in the MacBook’s design. But, look a little closer, and you’ll realise you’re looking at a completely new laptop.

Firstly, the illuminated Apple logo on the lid has gone. For some, this will be a blessing, for others, this will cause a deep sense of loss.

Both the 13-inch and 15-inch models are thinner than their predecessors – 17% and 14% thinner, respectively, to be precise. Of course, the benefit of them being thinner means they weigh less, making them much easier to transport.

The 13-inch version weighs just 1.37kg, while the 15-inch offering weighs less than 2kg, coming in at 1.83kg. This thin, lightweight MacBook makes it a perfect option for those who work on the go.

There is also another big difference with Apple’s latest model…

Touch Bar

The Touch Bar feature has been causing a lot of hype. Apple has replaced the function keys with a reactive, OLED screen underneath a matte surface meaning there’s a lot less smudging on a screen you use a lot.

What the Touch Bar shows changes depending on what you’re doing. So, for example, if you’re using Messages, a smiley face icon will appear of the left of the Touch Bar. Pressing this will bring up emojis.

And if you’re using connected iOS devices with the same Apple ID, it will remember your most-used emojis.

It is worth noting that there is a 13-inch model that comes without the Touch Bar.

Performance

It’s all well and good having a nice-looking laptop with snazzy new features, but what users really need is a laptop that works.

Luckily, Apple has worked on this. According to Alphr, the new MacBook Pro is 2.3 times faster than its predecessor, thanks to its quad-core i7 chip. It also comes with 16GB of LPDDR3 on-board memory.

One major pitfall for laptops is their battery life, but the MacBook Pro provides a pretty impressive battery life. Users will get around 10 hours from the 13-inch model before they need to recharge.

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