MacBook Pro 2016: These are the new models with touch bar

MacBook Pro 2016: These are the new models with touch bar


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Yes, the MacBook Pro gets an OLED bar and a fingerprint scanner. What's with these innovations and what further Apple has now equipped the Power Notebook in our review:

25 years ago, Apple introduced the first portable computer. Of these, the MacBook Pro is probably one of the most important and longest-standing product lines under the Apple computers. Years ago, 10, in January 2006, Steve Jobs introduced the first model with the suffix "Pro" before.


Test: MacBook Pro 13 inch 2016

After last were the changes minor ones, will now await us, in time for the Christmas wish list in 2016, a lot of interesting innovations.

  • To test the MacBook Pro 2016

The MacBook Pro casing in thinness

It is the new "gold standard" Apple itself says about his new device. The MacBook Pro is again become slimmer and lighter: The 13-inch version requires 23 percent less volume than before, the 15-inch model by 20 percent. In order for the MacBook Pro 13-inch diagonal screen is thinner and smaller than the MacBook Air.

MacBook Pro 13-inch non-touch bar, with touch bar and MacBook Pro 15-inch (touch bar).

MacBook Pro 13-inch non-touch bar, with touch bar and MacBook Pro 15-inch (touch bar).

MacBook Pro 13 "

  • Dimensions: 1.49 cm high; 30.41 cm wide; 21.24 cm deep
  • Weight: 1.37 kg

MacBook Pro 15 "

  • Dimensions: 1.55 cm high; 34.93 cm wide; 24.07 cm deep
  • Weight: 1.83 kg

Both sizes are available in Silver and Space Gray.

MacBook Pro (2016) at Apple

The touch bar, the mini touch screen for the MacBook Pro

The toolbar above the number keys Apple has replaced - instead of hardware buttons we find on the MacBook Pro 2016 (except for the cheapest 13-inch model), the touch bar. It is a touch screen for the computer: Here Button symbols and functions are shown that are selected at your fingertips. The assignment changes:

  • As a replacement of the classic toolbar, it offers the usual keys,
  • provides specific buttons for the app, which is currently active, available and even
  • specific buttons for a currently used tool in one app.

The Touch Bar is not only used macOS Sierra and Apple apps are used, but also in software from other developers. For example, as a demo on the Apple event, the touch bar plays from a strength in full-screen mode, if selected by the Photoshop tools and adapted. 


Touch ID for unlocking and switching users

The right of the touch bar is the power button with Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor. As with the iPhone, he unlocked the MacBook. At the same time it allows a quick Benutzerwecksel, the unit should be set up with accounts for multiple people.

In addition, Touch ID takes the MacBook for Apple Pay application - in Germany, however, irrelevant as the payment service in this country is still not available.


Trackpad and keyboard of the MacBook Pro

For the slimming of the MacBook Pro, Apple must change the keyboard. The keyboard (12 inches) borrowed from the MacBook, but in a second, improved generation. The "Butterfly" mechanism ensures an even lowering of keys that be very low.

Visible grown is the trackpad, it is now waiting at twice the size. Furthermore, the click is only simulated, so the pad does not yield. The so-called Taptic engine knocks so against the surface that it is (almost) feels like a click.


Processor, graphics, memory - everything faster

As expected work processor and graphics again faster, but also the memory Apple has optimized. Different versions are available:

MacBook Pro 13 "

  • 2.0 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, alternatively 2.4 GHz i7 (model without touch bar)
  • 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, alternatively 3.1 GHz i5 or i7 3.3 GHz (model with touch bar)
  • 256 GB to 1 TB SSD memory
  • 8 GB to 16 GB of RAM LPDDR3
  • Intel Iris Graphics 540 and 550

MacBook Pro 15 "

  • 2.6 GHz to 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 256-2 TB SSD memory
  • 16 GB LPDDR3 memory

Thunderbolt 3 - all in one

With the MacBook Pro 2016, Apple has for the first time on Thunderbolt 3. The interface is universal: In addition to the fast data throughput to other Thunderbolt devices USB-C plug can be inserted. Here About the MacBook Pro is loaded as well - at any of the four ports. Thanks to HDMI link screens are connected. Up to two 5K models are supported simultaneously.


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Display, speakers - everything better

But also to the other components Apple has worked. the display must on no account be forgotten: According to the manufacturer, it provides a brightness of 5000 nits, which implies a greater than 67 percent brightness and also higher contrast than the previous generation. Like the iMac last year, it also supports the larger color gamut, the display also consumes 30 percent less energy.

The dynamic range of the loudspeakers is now twice as large, the bass improved.

The MacBook Pro with two 5K displays

The MacBook Pro with two 5K displays

Prices and availability of MacBook Pro 2016

Who wants to do without the touch bar (and two instead of the four Thunderbolt ports suffice) who gets the new MacBook Pro from 1699 euros - and do it now. The models with the innovative tool bar Apple wants to deliver against it in two to three weeks - an order is now open:

Pre-order MacBook Pro (2016) at Apple

With touch bar, the 13-inch model with 1999 euros, equipped with the 2.9 GHz dual-core i5, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of memory starts.

The 15-inch model is available exclusively with touch bar. It starts at 2,699 euros with 2.6 GHz quad-core i7, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash memory.


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Sebastian Trepesch

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