MacBook Pro Touch Bar vs MacBook Pro 2016


MacBook Pro:
The base MacBook Pro has a 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz. It has 8GB 1866MHz memory as standard and comes with 256GB SSD storage. On top of that there’s Intel Iris Graphics 540 and two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar:
The base 13in Touch Bar MacBook Pro sports a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 too, but with Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz and slightly improved 8GB 2133MHz memory. 256GB SSD is also standard, with a slight bump up to Intel Iris Graphics 550 but you do get four Thunderbolt 3 ports compared to the base model’s two. If you spend extra you can double the storage to 512GB.

Touch Bar and Touch ID

MacBook Pro:
It doesn’t have a Touch Bar or Touch ID. Instead, you’ve got the tried and tested row of function keys as you would on any previous MacBook Pro, but with Apple’s new style butterfly keys rather than the traditional scissor mechanism.

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar:
The first ever Mac to feature the Touch Bar, it’s an OLED strip that replaces the function keys. In some programmes these traditional keys will still display, but the beauty is in its versatility, with certain apps bringing up customisable options that allow you to interact better with them.
Here’s our best Touch Bar apps article.
At the far right end there is also a Touch ID sensor to help with security and purchases like on the iPhone and iPad.

Battery life

MacBook Pro:
The regular Pro has a 54.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery that Apple claims gives you 10 hours of wireless web use, or 10 hours of iTunes film playback. MacBook Pro devices always have absolutely brilliant battery life, but the 2015 model has a reported better span.

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar:
The Touch Bar model has exactly the same reported 10 hours of battery life, however its battery has a slightly smaller volume capacity at 49.2-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery. That means, technically, the battery life won’t be quite as good. However, all of this depends on your use and the difference will be tiny.

Everything else:

Everything else these laptops have is, again, the same. They have the same 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities, same Bluetooth 4.2, same keyboard and same Force Touch trackpad that this year is an excellently large size with palm-rejection technology. There’s also a 720p FaceTime camera on both.
Both also come with the full suite of macOS Sierra software; Photos, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote.

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