The new MacBook Pro 2016 is out. Not only that initial units started shipping to day-one buyers, some Apple Stores also have them in-stock. However, before spending your hard-earned money on this new and beautiful thing, think first why you need the new laptop. Here are some of the things one may need to consider before buying the new MacBook Pro 2016.
No touch screen
For those who are expecting that the MacBook Pro 2016 will finally have a touch screen, they are in for a rude awakening. The MacBook Pro is still, as always, the same old LCD panel void of any touch capabilities. However, the sort of good news is, Apple did compromise by adding a Touch Bar atop the laptop?s keyboard. This Touch Bar is quite responsive and adjusts in accordance to the application in use. Like any new touch-enabled display, it also features a ten-finger touch capability.
No post-purchase upgrade option
This, however, is not entirely true. At least for the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro 2016. The entry-level MacBook Pro?s SSD, the one without a Touch Bar, still remains upgradeable. Nevertheless, the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro has the SSD soldered onto the main logic board. So, an upgrade is totally not in the books. In fact, iFixit has given it a repairability score of 1 out of 10.
It says 10, but it is actually 6.
Apple has advertised the new MacBook Pro 2016 to last around 10 hours of continuous use. However, recent third-party tests revealed that the actual usage time is only a little over six hours. If you are willing to squint over the display and set the brightness to its minimum, you may extend it by two more hours. This is a big letdown since last year?s MacBook Pro?s do last for ten hours or so of continuous use.
RAM is limited to 16GB
Unlike the Surface Book, the MacBook Pro 2016 is still limited to 16GB of maximum memory. Apple has defended this matter by saying that upping the memory to 32GB will greatly impact the battery life of the laptop. Those thinking that 16GB is way too small, can opt for the competing brand anytime.
It still is expensive
The 13-inch version will set anyone back by $1499. Since storage upgrade is not an option, opting for a bigger 512GB SSD will push the price by $200 more. Opting for the top-tier spec 13-inch MacBook Pro 2016 will cost anyone around $2900.
On the other hand the top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro will cost something to the tune of $4300.
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