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MacBook Pro 15-inch (2016) vs. MacBook Pro 15-inch (2015) spec shoot out!

In unveiling its new laptops today, Apple put the focus on power for the bigger of the three – the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Not only does it come with the awesome Touch Bar, Touch ID and new trackpad, but it also comes with quad-core Intel i7 chip.

The most notable internal upgrades are minor, it’s the design that really changes things up. The footprint of the computer is much less noticeable, and that can largely be attributed to the half-pound of weight it lost. This computer has always been for power users, but it’s also been the heaviest Apple laptop offers. It’s nice to see it lose some weight making it easier to carry around.

The new MacBook Pro also comes with a better Retina display that Apple stated was 67% brighter, 67% higher contrast ratio and offers 25% more colors. The wide color gamut introduced in the new iPhones is also makings its way into the new computers. And did we mention, you can now get a fully specd MacBook Pro in Space Gray?

It can be upgraded to up to 2TB of SSD, but unless you have $1,200 lying around, this might be too pricey. For as awesome as this new computer is, it did lose most of its ports, including the MagSafe, which has saved by butt from trashing my computer countless times. It also comes with the new butterfly mechanism keyboard, which I’m not a big fan of. Overall it’s a worthy upgrade, but not a perfect one.

Check out our spec by spec breakdown of the computers down below.

MacBook Pro 15-inch (2016) gallery

MacBook Pro 15-inch (2015) gallery


Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2016)

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2015)

Display Size

15.4-inch, 2880 x 1800 pixel display (221 ppi)

15.4-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display (196 ppi)
Display Type

15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 native resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors

Retina display: 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
Resolution Specs

N/A

  • Native resolution: 2880 by 1800 pixels (Retina)
  • Scaled resolutions: 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640 pixels

Operating System

macOS Sierra (at launch)

Mac OS X Yosemite (At Launch)
Processor

  • 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, with 6MB shared L3 cache
  • 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 8MB shared L3 cache
  • Configurable to 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz, with 8MB shared L3 cache
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
  • 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
  • Configurable to 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache

RAM

  • 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory

Storage

  • 256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD
  • 512GB PCIe-based onboard SSD
  • Configurable to 1TB or 2TB SSD
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • 512GB PCIe-based flash storage Configurable to 1TB flash storage

Camera

  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera

Audio

  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
  • Three microphones
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port
  • Stereo speakers

Input Output

  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports X 4
  • Headphone port
  • HDMI port
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • SDXC card slot
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)

Networks

  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 4.2

Bluetooth 4.0
Battery

  • Up to 10 hours wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days standby time
  • Built-in 76.0-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 8 hours wireless web
  • Up to 8 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Built-in 95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter with cable management system; MagSafe 2 power port

Height

0.61 inches (15.5 mm)

0.71 inches (18.0 mm)
Width

13.75 inches (34.93 cm)

14.13 inches (35.89 cm)
Depth

9.48 inches (24.08 cm)

9.73 inches (24.71 cm)
Weight

4.02 lbs (1.82 kg)

4.46 lbs (2.02 kg)
Colors

Silver, Space Gray

N/A

Article source: http://www.technobuffalo.com/2016/10/27/macbook-pro-15-inch-2016-vs-macbook-pro-15-inch-2015-spec-shoot-out/