Everything you need to know about Apple’s new MacBook Pro

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    Everything you need to know about Apple’s new MacBook Pro




    It didn’t seem that this would be the case during the first half of the event, but Microsoft really managed to impress people with its announcements on Wednesday. The new Surface Book laptop is a beast, and the Surface Studio offers a fresh new take on the all-in-one PC. In light of that, Apple had some work to do if it hoped to steal back the spotlight and turn everyone’s attention back to its refreshed Mac lineup.

    There were several big announcements made during Apple’s October 2016 event, but the updated MacBook Pro and its hot new OLED touch bar were obviously the stars of the show. Is the new Touch Bar a gimmick? Exactly what new features does it provide? And is there anything else about Apple’s next-generation MacBook Pro work getting excited about? You’ll find everything you need to know about Apple’s new MacBook Pro 2016 right here in this post.

    Colors
    Apple’s next-generation MacBook Pro features a brand new aluminum design that, as rumored, includes a new OLED touchscreen at the top of the keyboard. as far as colors go, it comes in silver and space gray – the latter being a bit of an odd choice considering there is no longer a space gray iPhone.

    Size
    The new 13-inch MacBook Pro model is 23% smaller in volume than the previous-generation version, and it’s just 14.9mm thick. Of course, it’s also much lighter than the old model.

    The 15-inch Pro is 15.5mm thick and 20% smaller in volume than the old model. It weighs just 4 pounds, which is half a pound less than the old model.

    Trackpad
    The new Force Touch trackpad is twice as big as the one on the old model. It features the same kind of enhanced haptic feedback as the home button on the iPhone, and it is… huge.

    Touch Bar
    A new OLED Retina display with gesture support and multi-touch replaces the function key row on Apple’s keyboard. It’s awesome.

    The Touch Bar gives users access to all the standard function key functions so nothing is lost, but it also adapts to each app that you’re in. It can also provide new surfaces and controls for certain apps. For example you can scrub through a video in Final Cut or flip through images in the Photos app by sliding your finger along the photos on the Touch Bar.

    Quick Type
    Apple’s new Touch Bar also shows Quick Type suggestions as you type. As anyone with an iPhone or iPad knows, Quick Type displays word, emoji and other suggestions as you type, and it learns and gets better as you continue to use it.

    Touch ID
    A new second-generation Touch ID fingerprint scanner is embedded beneath sapphire crystal on the right end of the Touch Bar. Touch ID can be used to authenticate Apple Pay purchases, unlock the MacBook Pro and more.

    Display
    The new wide-color screen is 67% brighter, 67% better contrast ratio and 25% more colors than Apple’s previous-generation MacBook Pro.

    Specs
    Wooooh nelly… check out the new MacBook Pro’s specs right here.

    Battery
    What are we looking at in terms of battery life? Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models will last up to 10 hours per charge.

    Price
    The 13-inch MacBook Pro model will start at $1,799 and the 15-inch model starts at $2,399. The entry-level MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar starts at $1,499.

    Release Date
    Preorders begin today and the new Touch Bar models begin shipping in 2-3 weeks. The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in stores beginning today.





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    Intel's chip design,not Apple's choices,reason behind Thunderbolt 3 & RAM issues MNP




    The processors in the new 2016 MacBook Pro line have been identified, clarifying why some of the limitations surrounding the machine –like limited Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth on some models –exist.

    After the furor of the initial "Hello Again" event died down, speculation began about the new MacBook Pro line, and seeming design choices that Apple made, which some believe compromise the machine. While Apple did make some choices, many of them were dictated by the limitations that Intel has placed on the company while the Kaby Lake processor family develops.


    Skylake in the 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro

    The base-model dual-Thunderbolt 3 2.0 i5 GHz processor has been identified as the 6360U processor. The 6360U launched in the third quarter of 2015, using Intel's 14nm process as with the rest of the processors in the new MacBook pro, and has a maximum turbo frequency of 3.1 GHz.

    Thermal design power on the chip is 15W, and it, like all the dual-core processors across the MacBook Pro line has a maximum of 12 PCI-E channels.

    An upgrade option for the 13-inch dual-Thunderbolt machine is the dual 2.4 GHz i7 6567U processor. It has a peak of 3.6 GHz, and has a thermal design power of 28W.


    13-inch quad-Thunderbolt models

    The 13-inch quad-Thunderbolt 3 has three processor choices –the base model has a 2.9 GHz dual i5 6267U processor, with upgrade options for a 3.1 GHz dual i5 6287U, or the same 3.3 GHz dual i7 6567U as found in the dual-Thunderbolt version.

    The i5 6267U has a max speed of 3.3 GHz, and has a thermal design power of 28W. An upgrade to the 6287U dual i5 will give the user a peak speed of 3.5 GHz, with the same 28-watt thermal design power as the other upgrade processors.


    15-inch quad-Thunderbolt

    The 15-inch quad-Thunderbolt MacBook Pro also has a choice of three processors –the 6700HQ 2.6 GHz, 2.7 GHz 6820HQ, and 2.9 GHz 6920HQ. Peak turbo speeds are 3.5 GHz, 3.6 GHz, and 3.8 GHz, respectively.

    All three of the quad-core processors have a 45-watt thermal design power, and 16 PCI-e lanes.


    Implications of Skylake in the MacBook Pro

    All three of the quad-core processors available in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro have 16 PCI-e lanes, which is what allows for for max Thunderbolt bandwidth on the 15-inch model. Related, the 12 lanes on the 13-inch models are responsible for the "reduced bandwidth" on the right-hand side ports on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

    Additionally, the quad-core Kaby Lake processor still having not seen the light of day has caused other problems that are being attributed to Apple, and not as having been foisted upon the company by Intel. For low power consumption, Skylake only supports LPDDR3, which is limited to 16 gigabytes.

    LPDDR4 will not be supported in MacBook Pro-bound Kaby Lake quad-core processors until possibly the end of 2017, and perhaps later.

    macOS isn't the limiting factor, and hasn't been for some time. While Apple chose to not implement other technologies to boost the RAM capabilities of the MacBook Pro, it chose to not do so, in the interest of a thinner machine than previous generations, and longer battery life than it would have had had it implemented non-LP RAM workarounds.

    Apple's statement that other RAM choices allowing for 32 gigabytes of RAM or more would cause decreased battery life is accurate, if not quite specific.





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    Apple's new MacBook Pros boast 58% louder built-in speakers thanks to new design




    One of Apple's less emphasized upgrades in the 2016 MacBook Pro is better internal speakers, which should —in theory, anyway —be good enough that you might choose them over headphones or external speakers, if just for the sake of convenience.

    Apple says it that it has redesigned the speakers to ensure "maximize air displacement," as well as connect them directly to system power, allowing up to three times more peak power.

    The net effect is claimed to be up to 58 percent more volume, and bass that's as much as 2.5 times louder. Bass is often one of the weakest aspects of laptop audio, since there's no room for a dedicated subwoofer.

    Apple is also promising twice the dynamic range, though it hasn't provided any firm numbers in that area. It should, however, expand the highs and lows the speakers can hit without distortion or other issues —another common obstacle with laptops.

    Apple announced the new MacBook Pro last week at an event at its Cupertino headquarters. Its main feature is the Touch Bar, a multitouch display strip at the top of the keyboard that replaces function keys and adapts automatically to the app being used.

    While the computer is already on sale, in 13- and 15-inch sizes, U.S. online orders are currently taking 4 to 5 weeks to ship. One exception is the 2016 13" MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, which is now in stock at $1,499.00 with no tax outside NY in both Space Gray and Silver from Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo.





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    Early benchmarks of MacBook Pro confirm Apple's claims of fastest-ever SSD




    Apple claims that the PCI-e SSD in the new MacBook Pro is more than twice as fast as the 2015 model, and early benchmarking of the 13-inch MacBook pro with Function Keys bear out the claim that the new portable family from Apple is the SSD speed champion.

    Apple notes that the drive in either the 13- or 15-inch model of the MacBook Pro has sequential read speeds of 3.1 gigabytes per second. Write speeds are said to be 2.2 gigabytes per second on the 15-inch version, and 2.1 gigabytes per second on the 13-inch model. An OWC teardown and benchmarking session confirmed Apple's drive speed claims in the 13-inch model.

    The early 2015 MacBook Pro that the new model replaced posted read speeds of 1.5 gigabytes per second, and 1.3 gigabytes per second writing to the drive.

    From a practical standpoint, copying a batch of mixed files has been noted as being significantly faster than its predecessor and versus other laptops in its class, with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys pulling down 508.9 megabytes per second during the transfer, and the October-released Dell XPS 13 managing 339.3 megabytes per second.

    The fast SSD speeds will somewhat mitigate speed issues brought about for some users because of the RAM being limited to 16GB due to architectural limitations. Virtual memory page-outs will be relatively faster on the new SSD as compared to previous ones, further cutting back the performance hit induced by the transfer contents from very fast physical RAM to virtual space allocated on storage media.

    The 2016 MacBook Pro family, announced Thursday, is a major redesign to Apple's flagship notebook, and comes in screen sizes of 13 and 15 inches, with core models starting at $1,799 and shipping in two to three weeks. AppleInsider was at the event, and was able to spend some time with all the latest hardware.





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    Teardown of 13-inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Reveals 'Cosmetic' Speaker Grilles


    Orange boxes show where internal speakers are located.



    iFixit has published a teardown of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and discovered a few interesting differences compared to Apple's new lower tier MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar. Both 13-inch models have the exact same dimensions, but the Touch Bar machine weighs 20 grams less, which iFixit puts down to the laptop's smaller battery.

    As expected, Apple's new MacBook Pro is not designed to be user-serviceable, earning an iFixit repairability rating of 1/10. In the course of disassembly, iFixit found that the internal layout of the components has been redesigned to make space for the new Touch Bar, which broke as it was removed from the chassis and was deemed difficult to replace. The flex cable connecting the Touch Bar to the mainboard also wraps underneath it, making removal even more difficult.

    iFixit also found that the new improved speakers are located in the lower portion of the case, while the external speaker grilles are positioned in the top half of the case and don't even go clear through to the internals, making them extremely unlikely to provide any outlet for audio. Instead, sound is thought to be projected from air vents on the sides of the case — a design feature not seen on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys.

    iFixit also notes that fixing a faulty power switch likely involves replacing the entire logic board, because the button doubles up as a sapphire-topped Touch ID sensor which pairs with the Apple's soldered down T1 chip. Elsewhere, ten accessible screws hold down the new larger trackpad, which is identical to the one found in the 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys, suggesting a replacement part would be cross-compatible.





    Unlike the removable storage drive in the lower tier 13-inch MacBook, the SSD is soldered onto the mainboard, along with the RAM modules and the processor, making upgrades after the fact an impossibility. The 5-cell 49.2Wh battery is also attached with adhesive, making it particularly hard to remove when it comes to replacing.





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    Apple Updates Boot Camp Drivers to Fix Major Issue Causing Blown Speakers on New MB




    Apple has released updated audio drivers to fix a major issue causing blown out speakers on new MacBook Pro models running Windows 10 with Boot Camp.

    Earlier this month, a number of users began noticing crackling or distorted sound coming from the left, right, or both speakers on the new MacBook Pro, oftentimes shortly after installing and running Windows 10 with Boot Camp. These issues persist even when affected users boot back into macOS Sierra.


    MacRumors reader tianhuailiu — edited slightly for clarity:

    "I used Boot Camp to install Windows and the right speaker started producing crackling sounds. It sounds like something broke inside the speaker. Every time I log in on Windows and try doing something with the speaker driver, either the left or right speaker produce a crackling sound. I have to return the MacBook Pro right now. Right now both my speakers crash both in macOS Sierra and in Windows, and they can only produce half of the original volume.

    The damage to the speakers appears to be permanent once it occurs, requiring users to contact Apple to exchange their new MacBook Pro for a replacement unit. Unfortunately, due to limited stock, some of these users are now faced with waiting several weeks for their MacBook Pros to be swapped out.

    The new Boot Camp audio drivers are available through Apple Software Update on the Windows side for both 13-inch and 15-inch models, although the issue appears to primarily affect the larger of the two. The new drivers, of course, are of no help to users who have already blown out their speakers.







    While new drivers are available, late 2016 MacBook Pro users should exercise caution when running Windows 10 with Boot Camp due to the severe nature of the problem. As a temporary workaround, some users have plugged in headphones during the booting process until installing the updated drivers.

    After installing the updated drivers, some MacBook Pro users appear to be experiencing issues with low volume on both Windows 10 and macOS Sierra, but the underlying problem remains unclear. Affected users should contact Apple or schedule a Genius Bar appointment for further support.

    The issue does not affect older MacBook Pro models or Windows virtualization software such as VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop for Mac.





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