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2016 MacBook Pro: Specs, price, and which model you should get

At its “October 27 Mac event” in Cupertino today, Apple announced its 2016 MacBook Pro lineup. There are three models to choose from, and it’s not a very easy decision to make.
Preorders begin today, and the devices will begin shipping in a few weeks. Before you decide whether you want function keys or the Touch Bar, and assuming you don’t want to take advantage of Microsoft’s offer, there are a few important tradeoffs you should know about.

The tables below compare the two 13-inch base models and options for the 15-inch base model, so you can get a proper understanding of the difference before you start customizing and making upgrades.
Display13.3-inch, 2560×1600, 227 ppi13.3-inch, 2560×1600, 227 ppi
CPU2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i52.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
GraphicsIntel Iris Graphics 540Intel Iris Graphics 550
SensorsAmbient lightAmbient light, Touch ID
Keyboard78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys64 (U.S.) or 65 (ISO) keys
TrackpadForce Touch, gesture supportForce Touch, gesture support
Camera720p FaceTime HD camera720p FaceTime HD camera
Wi-Fi802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
PortsTwo Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
AudioTwo microphones, headphone jackThree microphones, headphone jack
Battery54.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer49.2-watt-hour lithium-polymer
Height0.59 inch (1.49 cm)0.59 inch (1.49 cm)
Width11.97 inches (30.41 cm)11.97 inches (30.41 cm)
Depth8.36 inches (21.24 cm)8.36 inches (21.24 cm)
Weight3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)
ColorsSilver, Space GraySilver, Space Gray

In short, if you pay the extra $300 to go with the Touch Bar instead of function keys, you’ll get slightly better graphics, a fingerprint sensor, two more Thunderbolt ports, one more microphone, and a smaller battery in return. And, of course, the Touch Bar version can be upgraded more — not just with a bigger SSD, but also with a more powerful processor (3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 3.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i7).

If you want the 15-inch model, the Touch Bar is mandatory. There’s simply no other option.

Price $2,399/$2,799
Storage 256GB/512GB
Display 15.4-inch, 2880×1800, 220 ppi
CPU 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7/2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
Graphics Radeon Pro 450/Radeon Pro 455
Sensors Ambient light, Touch ID
Keyboard 64 (U.S.) or 65 (ISO) keys
Trackpad Force Touch, gesture support
Camera 720p FaceTime HD camera
Wi-Fi 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
Ports Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
Audio Three microphones, headphone jack
Battery 76.0-watt-hour lithium-polymer
Height 0.61 inch (1.55 cm)
Width 13.75 inches (34.93 cm)
Depth 9.48 inches (24.07 cm)
Weight 4.02 pounds (1.83 kg)
Colors Silver, Space Gray

For the 15-inch model, you can pay an extra $400 to get a bigger hard drive, more powerful processor, and better graphics. That’s arguably an easier decision to make.

Shrey Kapoor is a Tech-Enthusiast, Harvard certified Cyber Security and Cyber Forensics Expert. He Founder, which is one of the India's Top Tech News Website. Even Forbes and many other renowned publishers took his articles reference. Shrey is a Technology analyst, strategic thinker and creative writer who is passionate to deliver the best, latest possible Tech-News to his followers and subscribers. He completed his masters in Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, certified in IPR, T.Q.M. & ISO 9001:2008 In Quality Management Systems.

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