MACBOOK PRO 2016 REVIEW

Our Reviews of the new MacBook Pro năm nhâm thìn weighs up Apple's super-high-end máy vi tính in terms of thiết kế, build unique, features, tech specs và value for money - and focuses in particular on the cảm biến Bar feature & its many possibilities
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Pros

Glorious vast trackpad with Force TouchUnlochồng with cảm biến IDTremendous possibilities of cảm biến Bar

Our Verdict

We’re rather in love sầu with the 2016 Táo MacBook Pro, but as with many love affairs there are irritations.The trackpad is huge and wonderful to lớn use; but it’s so big that the keyboard has been pushed up khổng lồ make room, as well as flattened down khổng lồ make the laptop slimmer. These factors together mean typing on the new Pro is a little harder – especially for touch typists, who will struggle to locate keys at first – than on on previous models. And those arrow keys are a nightmare.The Touch Bar is lovely to lớn look at and fun lớn use. It’s early days, both for us – we’re only beginning to grasp its capabilities – và for app developers, who will surely come up with reams of clever cảm biến Bar features. Right now it’s fun, but we’re reasonably confident that it will become essential; the key will be getting lots of users on machines with Touch Bars. The tech is in this respect a little further back along the traông xã that 3D Touch is following.This is a fast machine, of course, but maybe not quite fast enough for some tastes; it’s worth reflecting on that maximum spec of 16GB of RAM, which may hold this machine baông xã from a role in genuine pro settings.All in all, this is a fast and beautiful máy tính but one with some flaws lớn consider. And ouch, that price tag is steep.

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Welcome lớn our Táo MacBook Pro with cảm biến Bar (2016) nhận xét. Apple has since launched new models for 2017 – see our Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro 13in (2017) reviews & Táo MacBook Pro 15in (2017) Đánh Giá for more details– but the older năm nhâm thìn models are still available from the Refurbished Store.

Apple’s 2016MacBook Pro update was unveiled at a dedicated press sự kiện on 27 October. The new MacBook Pro was launchedin 13- và 15-inch screen sizes, và featuredsixth-ren Hãng sản xuất Intel Skylake processors, a sllặng new design & a cool customisable Touch Bar above sầu the keyboard. It also cost a bit of a fortune.


Our Táo MacBook Pro 2016 Reviews evaluates the machine’s looks, kiến thiết, features & value for money.

Broadly speaking there are three models of the new MacBook Pro: a comparatively budget-focused 13-inch Model without the new Touch Bar, và a 13-inch and 15-inch model with it. This reviews looks at all three models together, but we will make it clear when comments apply only to certain models.


Read more:MacBook phiên bản Pro đánh giá | Mac buying guide

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Externally the design is similar to lớn last year’s, albeit on a slimmer scale, but there are numerous physical changes under the lid. The most obvious, và the flagship feature that occupied much of the unveiling sự kiện, is a touchscreen bar above sầu the keyboard that Apple calls the cảm biến Bar, which we discuss in the next section.

One more thing before we move sầu on: as expected, Apple has removed the traditional USB ports on the Apple MacBook Pro, & the MagSafe charging port, và replaced them all with USB-C/Thunderbolt ports: four of them on the cảm biến Bar models và two on the 13-inch mã sản phẩm without a cảm ứng Bar. And you get a 3.5mm tai nghe jack too: phew!


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cảm biến ID

The one aspect of the cảm biến Bar that’s had most effect on our day-to-day MacBooking so far has been the little cảm biến ID sensor on the righthvà edge. Not for Apple Pay, which we still rarely use even on iPhone – although yes, this feature means you can make Apple Pay payments online, on your Mac, without having to use a linked iPhone – but for unlocking the device.

Open the lid & as soon as the screen lights up, the cảm ứng Bar does too, with a rather endearing bouncing arrow pointing to the fingerprint sensor & an instruction: ‘Unloông chồng with cảm ứng ID’. Place your fingertip on the sensor for the merest fraction of a second và the MacBook will unlock: there’s a tiny delay (of perhaps two seconds), but you don’t need to lớn have your finger on the scanner for anything more than the very beginning of this period.

In terms of speed & reliability, we’re definitely in the realms of the second-ren cảm biến ID on the iPhone 6s và later, rather than the creakier first-ren cảm ứng ID used in the iPhone 6 and earlier.

(Bear in mind, however, that as with the cảm ứng ID feature on iPhones & iPads, there will be times when you will have sầu khổng lồ enter your password – after logging out of your tài khoản, for instance. And when you try khổng lồ make certain changes in System Preferences.)


Fingerprint login is very convenient. But it becomes more convenient still when you factor in multiple user accounts. If you’re on the login window và multiple accounts are logged in, touching your finger khổng lồ the scanner will automatically select & unlock your trương mục và ignore the others, reducing what would ordinarily be a multi-step job into literally a single tap.

Furthermore, if you place your finger on the scanner and the tài khoản it’s connected khổng lồ isn’t currently logged in và requires a password lớn unloông xã, the cảm biến ID scanner does at least recognise who is trying to log in & jumps lớn the appropriate password entry field.

Of course, if you’ve got an Apple Watch then you can unloông chồng any Mac with macOS Sierra even more easily than this, thanks lớn the new proximity unlock feature. But not everyone has an Apple Watch.

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QuickType is supposed to lớn be all about saving time. When you start pecking out an octosyllabic word on an iPhone SE’s little portrait keyboard, & QuickType cleverly works out what you’re going for và gives you a shortcut lớn complete it và sticks that shortcut right in your eye line, that’s handy & a time saver. But when the same thing happens on a MacBook, which has a full-size (if imperfect) keyboard & places the suggestions well below your eye line, it’s saving you quite a bit less time.


And while colleagues have sầu noted that when typing at a good lichồng, the QuickType suggestions lag behind their fingers và they have lớn consciously slow down, we’ve never found that a problem – because we’re already having khổng lồ slow down in order lớn look down at the cảm biến Bar. Sound touch-typing practice stipulates that you look at the screen and not at your fingers. But the QuickType element on the cảm ứng Bar encourages & requires precisely the opposite.

Then again, few people nowadays have sầu perfect typing khung, and most of us will find our own best way of working with Touch Bar QuickType after a little practice: that may just mean waiting for the very biggest words and saving yourself the trouble then. And we vị like watching colourful emoji appearing và disappearing while we type.

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Oh, & one thing we vày love about the Touch Bar when typing out documents: formatting. Having Notes’ basic formatting palette at our fingertips is a small but crucial convenience – write a subhead, tap the B and it’s bolded up. Features lượt thích this are all about finding the little things that work for you, & there’s already deep enough support that you’re bound khổng lồ find a few.

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Desktop Luddites that we are, we continue lớn maintain that trackpads are an inferior choice lớn a decent mouse (your reviewer’s office 2015 Táo MacBook Pro has a USB mouse attached), but the glorious trackpad in the 15in Apple MacBook Pro is almost enough to lớn make us doubt that.


It’s a Force Touch trackpad too, of course: once Apple commits khổng lồ a new tech it really commits to it, và you can expect all new MacBooks for the next few years lớn boast Force Touch compatibility. For the uninitiated, Force cảm ứng is different khổng lồ traditional trackpad tech in both mechanism (when you clichồng the trackpad it doesn’t actually move sầu, instead simulating the feel of a click, more convincingly than the solid-state Home button on the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus, with a small haptic buzz) và function (it’s sensitive sầu lớn two different degrees of touch pressure, which means you can either click things normally, or force-cliông chồng them to invoke secondary controls that vary from application to application).

Like the 12-inch MacBook models released last year & this year, andlast year’sMacBook Pro, these laptops get Apple’s Force Touch trackpad, which is sensitive sầu khổng lồ varying degrees of touch pressure & uses harder presses lớn activate ancillary functions depending on the application. You can vày a Force-cliông xã on a word in Safari khổng lồ pull up a dictionary definition, for instance.

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The keys are lower to lớn the bed of the keyboard than on last year’s MBPhường, with a shallower typing action. To aid in the quest for slimness, and like the 12-inch MacBook, the new Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro features a low-travel keyboard using one of Apple’s ‘butterfly’ key mechanism designs. In this case it’s a second-ren thiết kế intended to lớn provide a better feel, but we found itharder for our fingers to lớn find the right keys when touch-typing & preferred the bouncier mechanism of Apple’s old máy tính keys.

We experienced a slight loss of typing speed and accuracy, then (most pronounced at first, as is generally the case with these things – you largely get used khổng lồ the tighter layout). But this is somewhat offphối by the QuickType text predictions that you get thanks khổng lồ the cảm biến Bar, và the more pervasive sầu auto-corrections that arrived with macOS Sierra.

Other reviewers have observed a lag between even average-tốc độ typing & the predictions appearing/updating on the cảm ứng Bar, and this is fair comment; it is on the slow side. But for the auto-correct element of this equation speed is less of an issue. Indeed, we find it oddlysatisfying when wemistype a word in Notes, for example, thensee the red underline appear a couple of words later và the auto-correct kiông chồng in a couple of words after that, like the OS is dutifully working its way through your errorswhile you carryon.


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15-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (late 2016, 2.6GHz): 4,21613-inch MacBook phiên bản Pro with Touch Bar (late năm nhâm thìn, 2.9GHz): 3,92713-inch MacBook phiên bản Pro with function keys (late năm nhâm thìn, 2.0GHz): 3,76515-inch Apple MacBook Pro (mid-2015, 2.5GHz): 4,15113-inch MacBook Pro (early 2015, 2.5GHz): 3,72413-inch MacBook Air (early 2015, 1.6GHz): 3,219

Multi-core processing speed scores (GeekBench 4.0.1)

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Graphics tốc độ testing

eshopdaroana.com US also testedthe new Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro models’ graphics capabilities with the Geekbench OpenCL and Cinebench OpenGL benchmarks.

In Geekbench,the new 13-inch Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro with cảm ứng Bar (equipped with Hãng Intel Iris Graphics 550) scored 30,826, which is59 percent better than the last generation and 8.6 percent better than this year’s 13-inch Táo MacBook Pro with function keys (with Hãng Intel Graphics 540).


The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with cảm ứng Bar (withAMD Radeon Pro 450 graphics & 2GB of dedicated graphics memory) scored 42,827, up38.7 percent onlast year.

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Cinebench R15, OpenGL thử nghiệm. Longer bars are better. Top three are this year’s Macs; bottom three are last year’s

Tech specs

Let’s look at those tech specs in a bit more depth.

13-inch Apple MacBook Pro Model (without cảm biến Bar)

2.0GHz dual-core Hãng Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up khổng lồ 3.1GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache (Configurable lớn 2.4GHz dual-core Hãng sản xuất Intel Chip Core i7, Turbo Boost up khổng lồ 3.4GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache)8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard RAM (Configurable to 16GB)Hãng Intel Iris Graphics 540256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD (Configurable lớn 512GB or 1TB SSD)13.3-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560×1600 native sầu resolution at 227 pixels per inch; 500 nits brightness; Wide colour (P3)Built-in 54.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery; estimated battery life up to 10 hours wireless website use802.11ac WiFi; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible; Bluetooth không dây 4.2Full-kích thước backlit keyboard with 78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys; Force cảm biến trackpad2 x Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports; 3.5mm headphone port720p FaceTime HD camera30.41cm x 21.24cm x 1.49cm; 1.37kg

13-inch Táo MacBook Pro Model (with cảm ứng Bar)

2.9GHz dual-core Hãng Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache (Configurable khổng lồ 3.1GHz dual-core Hãng sản xuất Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up lớn 3.5GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache; or 3.3GHz dual-core Hãng sản xuất Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up khổng lồ 3.6GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache)8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard RAM (Configurable to 16GB)Hãng sản xuất Intel Iris Graphics 550256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD, or 512GB PCIe-based onboard SSD (Configurable to lớn 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 colour (P3)Built-in 49.2-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery; estimated battery life up to 10 hours wireless web use802.11ac WiFi; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible; Bluetooth 4.2Full-kích cỡ backlit keyboard with 64 (US) or 65 (ISO) keys including 4 arrow keys; cảm ứng Bar with integrated cảm ứng ID sensor; Force Touch trackpad4 x Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports; 3.5mm headphone port720p FaceTime HD camera30.41centimet x 21.24centimet x 1.49cm; 1.37kg

15-inch Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro Mã Sản Phẩm (with cảm biến Bar)

2.6GHz quad-core Hãng Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to lớn 3.5GHz, with 6MB shared L3 cache, or 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up khổng lồ 3.6GHz, with 8MB shared L3 cabít (Configurable lớn 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Vi xử lý Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz, with 8MB shared L3 cache)16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard RAMRadeon Pro 450 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory & automatic graphics switching, or Radeon Pro 455 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory & automatic graphics switching (Configurable to Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching); Intel HD Graphics 530256GB 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 2đôi mươi pixels per inch; 500 nits brightness; Wide colour (P3)Built-in 76.0-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery; estimated battery life up to 10 hours wireless web use802.11ac WiFi; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible; Công nghệ Bluetooth 4.2Full-kích cỡ backlit keyboard with 64 (US) or 65 (ISO) keys including 4 arrow keys; cảm ứng Bar with integrated cảm biến ID sensor; Force cảm ứng trackpad4 x Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports; 3.5milimet tai nghe port720p FaceTime HD camera34.93cm x 24.07cm x 1.55cm; 1.83kg

UK price

The 2016 Apple MacBook Pro models are no longer available direct from Apple (brand-new, at any rate: there are some on the refurbished store at time of writing) because they’ve been replaced by the 2017 Kaby Lake models. But for the sake of comparisons, here’s what the2016 models cost at launch:


13-inch model (without Touch Bar): Starts at £1,44913-inch Model (with cảm biến Bar): Starts at £1,749 (256GB) or £1,949 (512GB)15-inch model (with Touch Bar): Starts at £2,349 (2.6GHz, 256GB) or £2,699 (2.7GHz, 512GB)

Remember that these werejust the base prices; if you configured higher specs than the standard, you paid more. You can buy all of the current models of the Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro direct from Apple here: Apple MacBook Pro on Apple Store. You can also buy Apple MacBook Pro from John Lewis. For our piông xã of the best đơn hàng out there, see Best Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro deals UK.

Apple issued its usual statement about international prices being affected by “currency exchange rates, local import laws, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business”, & although it didn’t mention Brexit by name that appears lớn be the cause of these prices. But it should be said that while potentially Brexit-related price rises are becoming more and more comtháng in the tech sector, no other tech company has cranked up the prices post-Brexit quite as brutally as this.

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Colour options

The Apple MacBook Pro năm nhâm thìn camein two colour finishes: silver và Space Grey. It looks pretty great in Space Grey, we reckon.