The Good The massive touchpad dominates this incredibly thin, powerful laptop. The screen does appear, with a smaller frame and wider color gamut. Adding a space of gray as a color option gives it a bold, trendy look.
The Bad This version leaves out the new amazing Touch Panel. It’s more expensive than the model it replaces, and has only a couple USB-C ports plus a headphone jack for wired connection. The shallow keyboard gets used.
The Bottom Line Although it lacks an accessible touchpad, the entry-level MacBook Pro has effectively redesigned and updated the “Retina MacBook Air” you’ve been waiting for.
Editor’s note (June 8, 2017): At this year’s World Developers Conference, Apple has given its notebooks a modest transformation with some upgraded components – faster, more powerful Intel processors across the board, and more robust graphics chips for the MacBook Pros. Otherwise, aside from a RAM bump here and a slight price drop there, the 2017 Apple laptops ( MacBook and MacBook Pro ) are very similar to their 2016 predecessors, with the same enclosures, ports, trackpads and screens ( full listing of changes and additions). Note that the 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2015 was terminated though 15-inch model this tract remains accessible to those who want full size USB ports.
The Apple MacBook Pro (13 inches, 2016) review published in November 2016.
Get acquainted with the new basic MacBook.
As the MacBook Air now lives on in the form of paused animation, which is still on sale, but lacks updated components or redesigned design, this is no longer the default choice. And the tiny 12-inch MacBook is a special niche for frequent travelers who prefer mobility over flexibility.
The new MacBook Pro with Apple’s inventive touchpad and fingerprint recognition is too expensive to go for a MacBook. Yes, the touchpad is impressive – it’s a 60-pixel OLED touchscreen that replaces the traditional row of function keys with an ever-changing series of buttons and sliders. But now I would call it a desire, not a need.
Instead, the same mainstream of the newer MacBook Pro models has the same familiar set of function keys that can be found on almost every laptop. It sits above the keyboard, and its keys F1 through F12 are still visible for screen brightness, volume control and other system tasks. It’s a shame to miss the most common feature of the new MacBook Pro line-up, but other than that, it’s almost new to the system.
The new smaller keyboard, modeled on the almost flat keyboard of a 12-inch MacBook, joins a larger touchpad and a pair of USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports. Lost in shuffling is a traditional collection of MagSafe plug-in ports, USB-A ports – familiar rectangulars that fit all the available accessories – HDMI output and mini-DisplayPort Thunderbolt. The old SD card slot is also missing.
More from the Apple Mac event
- New Apple MacBook Pro: Awesome Apple Strip Show restores laptop keyboard
- Jonny Ive talks about “touching” the MacBook Pro
- Does poppy still matter?
- Macs and iPads do not merge. Finish it off
- See all Apple coverage
Shortening these ports and shrinking the keyboard means that the new MacBook Pro has a body that is a few millimeters thinner and about half a liter lighter than the previous MacBook Pro. The new design reduces the MacBook Pro to 14.9mm thick by 18mm and weighs up to three pounds (1.36 kg). But it’s still far from the slimmest laptop. HP Specter ($ 600 on Amazon) and Acer’s Swift 7 ($ 1489 on Amazon) equipped with the new seventh-generation seventh-generation Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processors less than 10 mm thick. Meanwhile, the classic MacBook Air, once the king of slim laptops, is still 17mm.
Although you save money by going to the touchpad, it’s still more expensive than the MacBook Pro it replaces. The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with an initial display was previously $ 1299. This new 13-inch Pro starts at £ 1,499, £ 1,449 and $ 2,199 and includes an updated Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state drive.
There are other trade-offs besides just losing the touchpad in this entry-level MacBook Pro. The startup processor, which is part of the sixth-generation Intel series i chips from Intel, is slower than the $ 1799 version. There are only two USB-C ports that meet all your connectivity needs, including power, data and video output, while the top-end MacBook Pro comes with four USB-C ports.
But, unlike the new iPhone 7 ($ 170 at Walmart) , the headphone jack survives. Now.
Not a touch bar, but a larger touchpad
It’s not as cool as the Touch Bar on top-end Macbook Pro models, but there’s one big touch-up update. The touchpad that uses Apple Touch Force technology is twice as big as before. It looks and feels massive, completely dominating the front half of the interior of the system.
Like the touch panels (Apple prefers to call them “trackpads”), which found in the previous-generation MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook, this one has four angular sensors under the glass backing rather than the traditional upper hinge. The mechanism takes up less space, so the laptop body may be thinner. It now has every Apple laptop except the MacBook Air.
Keyboard with less click
One of the things that made it hard for people to get used to a 12-inch MacBook back in 2015 was a very flat keyboard. It used a butterfly mechanism that allows smaller keys and a thinner body. The same basic design has made its way to the new MacBook pros, and for most it will be a learning curve.
The advantage is that you may have a leaner body, but you lose some deep, clicking physical feedback on current MacBooks or most other modern laptops. Although the basics are the same as the key path (the industry term for the distance the key moves down to register input) as on a 12-inch MacBook, the feeling was a bit rethought for a better overall experience. The keys bite them a bit more and seem to be lifted from the keyboard only to the hair.
The industry is that you lose the pleasure of your fingers on the big, healthy keys that click down with pleasure. Instead, typing becomes a quieter, subtler task. Keys in old MacBooks rise from the surface of the system like tiny platforms. Here, the keys just slightly break the plane of the keyboard tray.
Will MacBook Buyers Give New Keyboard Design? I found that the butterfly keyboard on a 12-inch MacBook was not my favorite keyboard, but after a short adjustment period I got used to it, and I easily typed over 100,000 words on MacBooks 2015 and 2016. Full accounting will require longer typing sessions. Come back in a few weeks of heavy use and I will offer a more complete opinion.
One port, many applications
The hassle of striking out a variety of ports and replacing them with a single solution began with a 12-inch MacBook. This is almost all in favor of USB-C, which can carry Thunderbolt speed data, connect to power. With optional adapters, they can support USB drives, HDMI output and whatever you want to connect to your computer.
In the new MacBook Pro, Apple doubles the idea of USB-C by adding two of these flexible ports (and the more expensive models are twice the size of four USB-C ports). This is a bold move for a laptop that can spend a lot of time strapped to a desk, managing external displays, or connected to storage drives.
And this is a sad farewell to MagSafe’s beloved power supply, an invention that has saved many laptops from dying for years. The idea was simple but brilliant. The MagSafe connector is not attached with a magnet that is too strong, so that when you inevitably cling to the cord, it will safely pop out of the laptop body instead of pulling the laptop to the floor. Air is the only laptop that still has it. Farewell, MagSafe, we will miss you!
To be honest, it’s not USB-C or anything. Another port hangs around the MacBook Pro. the modest headphone jack that recently came out with the iPhone 7 is being reimbursed here. Now.
New MacBook Air, like
When the classic 13-inch MacBook Air has frozen in time, it can be seen as the new “basic” MacBook that people refer to as the default. Getting my hands on one, it definitely has more Pro than Air. And of course, it has a more pro-like price.
If you’ve been waiting for a MacBook Air update with a Retina display, this is about as close as you’ll probably get. This Retina display is said to be an expensive component, especially on older 1,440×900 on-air screens that were almost the same in the same series that came out 8 years ago.
More like the air may be a 12-inch MacBook, which starts at $ 1,299 midway between the price of the old Air and the new MacBook Pro. It is designed for light travel and is one of the slimmest, lightest laptops you can buy.
But it’s not a whole day, a laptop every day. Although there are some drawbacks to the Touch Strip (and the Touch ID feature it allows), this new Pro Pro has a new, larger touchpad and a slimmer body – both of which are a plus; and a new keyboard where the sentence is more mixed. At a lower price, it represents the best balance in the current Mac lineup between price, performance and power.
|Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016)||Apple macOS Sierra 10.12.1; 2GHz Intel Core i5-6360U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 1,536MB Intel Iris Graphics 540; 256GB SSD|
|Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.2GHz Intel Core i5-7Y54; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 615; 256GB SSD|
|Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2016)||Apple macOS Sierra 10.12.1; 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-6820HQ; 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 2GB Radeon Pro / 1,536MB Intel HD Graphics 530; 512GB SSD|
|Apple MacBook (12-inch, 2016)||Apple El Capitan OSX 10.11.4; 1.2GHz Intel Core m5-6Y54; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 1,536MB Intel HD Graphics 515; 512GB SSD|
|Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2015)||Apple OSX 10.10.2 Yosemite; 2.7GHz Intel Core i5-5257U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 1,536MB Intel Iris Graphics 6100; 128GB SSD|
|Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2015)||Apple Yosemite OSX 10.10.2; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-5250U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 1,536MB Intel HD Graphis 6000; 128GB SSD|
|Microsoft Surface Book (2016)||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6600U; 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz, 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 965 / 128MB Intel HD Graphics 520; 1TB SSD|
|Dell XPS 13 (2016, non-touch)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD|
|Razer Blade Stealth||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U; 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD|