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Ta-dah! Touch Bar is the highlight of Apple’s newest MacBook Pro

Roman Loyola | Oct. 28, 2016
Apple finally—finally!—updated its high-end laptop with new keyboard functionality, processors, and more.

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The MacBook Pro relies on Thunderbolt 3 ports for connectivity.

The most drastic change is to the ports. Apple is going all in with Thunderbolt 3, providing multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports on the MacBook Pro—there are no USB-A ports. There’s also no MagSafe adapter port; charging is done through Thunderbolt 3. The MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt 3 support USB-C, so users can still connect their USB devices, but you’ll need a USB adapter.

While it seems like Apple is doing what it can to make the headphone jack obsolete, it still lives on the MacBook Pro—it’s the only other port type featured on this new machine. The MacBook Pro no longer has an HDMI port. The SD Card slot is gone, too.

Improved display and graphics

According to Apple, the LED-backlit IPS displays in the new MacBook Pro are now 67 percent brighter, have a 67 percent higher contrast ratio, and can display 25 percent more colors than previously. The displays offer 500 nits of brightness and support for the P3 wide color gamut.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro has a 2560-by-1600 native resolution (227 pixels per inch), Supported scaled resolutions are 1680 x 1050, 1440 x 900, and 1024 x 640.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro has a 2880-by-1800 native resolution (220 pixels per inch). Supported scaled resolutions are 1920 x 1200, 1680 x 1050, 1280 x 800, and 1024 x 640.

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The 15-inch MacBook Pro uses AMD graphics processors.

The 15-inch model uses an AMD Radeon graphics cards. The standard configuration uses a Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB of graphics memory and can run two external 5K displays. Apple offers buyers the option to upgrade the graphics to a Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB of graphics memory that and run up to four 4K displays.

The 13-inch models have Intel Iris Graphics, which are integrated with the main CPU. The low-end Intel Iris Graphics 540 can run one external 5K display, which the Intel Iris Graphics 550 can run two 4K displays.

13-inch MacBook Pro

  • $1,499 13-inch MacBook Pro (no Touch Bar): 2GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 540, two Thunderbolt 3 ports

  • $1,799 13-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar): 2.9GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 550, four Thunderbolt 3 ports

  • $1,999 13-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar): 2.9GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 512GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 550, four Thunderbolt 3 ports

15-inch MacBook Pro

  • $2,399 15-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar): 2.6GHz quad-core Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, 256GB SSD, 2GB AMD Radeon Pro 450 Graphics, four Thunderbolt 3 ports

  • $2,799 15-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar): 2.7GHz quad-core Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, 512GB SSD, 2GB AMD Radeon Pro 455 Graphics, four Thunderbolt 3 ports

 

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