Apple once again asserted its position as the trend setter by making the MacBook Pro 2016 probably the fasted stock laptop you could ever own. Despite the many interesting things in the MacBook, there’s still a couple of one of a kind decisions that went into designing the laptop.
The new MacBook sports a 2.6GHZ or 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 8MB of L3 cache and Radeon Pro 450 or 455 for graphics. Your RAM will be 2GB of lightning fast GDDR5 with automatic graphics switching. If you want more oomph of your MacBook, you can order the upgraded package that gives you a faster Core i7 processor and Radeon Pro 460 graphics.
MacBook Pro 2016 Notable Features
The Touch Bar is the biggest addition on the MacBook Pro 2016. It’s a Touch ID sensitive Retina display beneath a matted surface that serves to reduce smudges. Apart from giving you the basic media-first functions, you will get a couple of application specific controls. This means that the Touch Bar contents will change depending on the active app, something that will make it quite effective and lovable in daily use.
Each of the MacBook Pro 2016 models will feature SSD storage with capacities ranging from 256GB to an impressive 2TB. The solid-state storage is in itself part of the laptops impressive performance with Apple quoting not less than 3.1GBps sequential reads and 2.1GBps sequential writes for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the 15-inch variant pushing the write speeds to 2.2GBps.
Such speeds will reduce the need for heavy paging, RAM and cache use making the machine even faster without necessarily addressing it’s RAM and L3 cache sizes.
Out Goes the SD Card, but the 3.5mm Jack Stays
The SD card slot is out of the window. This slot mostly worked with camera memory cards and Apple believes its obsolete since most cameras have built-in wireless transfer and you can still use the faster and less cumbersome USB card readers to the same effect.
The company, however, believes that the 3.5mm jack can’t be replaced as it was the case with the iPhone 7. “The 3.5mm jack remains in the product as pros have “studio monitors, amps and other pro audio gear that do not have wireless solutions”