However, for those looking for the ultimate performance, the 15-in. model with quad-core architecture is still the best bet. While I never experienced any slow-downs during day-to day-work, the 13-in. MacBook Pro is not the fastest Mac available.
I decoded a 43-minute video on both the 13-in. MacBook Pro and a Core i7 quad-core 15-in. MacBook Pro from 2012, and the results were pretty much would you would expect: The three-year-old quad-core MacBook Pro was much faster than the dual-core device. Decoding the video took 32 min. 35 sec. on the 15-in. model compared to 56 min. 05 sec. on the 13-in. model. Exporting a 720p movie in iMovie 10.0.7 took 3 min. 36 sec/ on my 15-in. machine while it took 9 min. 56 sec. on the 13-in. model.
On the other hand, the battery life is amazing. During my first day of use, after six and a half hours of straight use (Wi-Fi on, Bluetooth on, screen at 80% brightness, and using apps like Mail, Safari, Pages and an Activity Monitor Dock icon set to show CPU history), I still had 40% of battery remaining, which gave me nearly four hours of additional use the next day. (Of course, battery life is dependent on what you're using the computer for.)
The 13-in. MacBook Pro is not the lightest on the market -- however, for road warriors, students and anyone who wants a great size/performance notebook, this one is tough to beat. When you factor in its full complement of ports, unmatched build quality, support for the Apple app and hardware ecosystem -- including integration with other Apple products via support for Continuity and Handoff -- the value proposition rises enormously. This computer will not disappoint.
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