Apple MacBook Pro 2016 Display

This is a very good question. Apple produces three series called “MacBook”. The lightest one is the MacBook Air. For users, who need the best performance, there is the MacBook Pro series, which are very fast and offer display sizes up to 16″. If you want power, but prefer a smaller size, you can go with a MacBook Pro model in 13″ size.

Decision support for the MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 Ports.

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The MacBook Pro 13″ got last updated in May 2020.
The 16″ models in November 2019.

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Decision criteria for a MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro 2016 Touch Bar

The MacBook Pro series has been completely converted to Thunderbolt 3 ports (with USB-C connector). This ensures future viability. Each port can support speeds of up to 40GBit/s, double the speed of the previous Thunderbolt 2 standard. Furthermore the ports are able to transfer all protocols: no matter if you connect display, memory, network etc., you can use any port. The only remaining connector of other standards is a 3.5 mm audio port (without optical connection).

At the current time, there may be a downside for some users: for everything existing, you will need an adapter to connect it to your MacBook. Apple has been always to first to break with old standards, like DVD drives and ethernet ports, but when they did, there already was well working alternative like USB sticks and fast wifi. This time it seems, Apple is a bit ahead of time. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as your machine will be up to date a long time, but you should now that you will have to adapters for some devices in the current time.

Extremely fast Thunderbolt 3 ports – adapters necessary for some devices.

The new keyboard is the old keyboard – finally. Due to the flat design, Apple previously used models with a butterfly mechanism, which only allows not much movement. We already noticed this as a big point of habituation in the 12″ model. After the ongoing criticism about the bad reliability, Apple had a clear understanding and returned to the good old scissor mechanism. All those who postponed a new purchase due to the error-prone keyboard can now buy a MacBook again.

The new keyboard is the old one – and reliable once more.

Basically, Apple built the Magic Keyboard, which is also included with iMacs, into the MacBook Pro. Thus, the keys are smaller again, those of the butterfly keyboard were significantly larger. But now you finally get a keyboard again that should last a MacBook a lifetime.

On the positive side, the glass trackpad, which has always been fantastic, is still perfect: the operating gestures simply go by the hand. Also pleasant: The touch bar above the keyboard offers shortcuts for the current program. Some find it extremely practical, others “nice to have”.

Technical Specifications

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13″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (base model)

  • display with 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • 1.4 GHz Quad-Core i5l
  • 8 GB RAM, optional 16 GB
  • Intel Graphics 645
  • 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • 256 or 512 GB SSD
  • Bluetooth 5.0

13″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

  • True Tone Display with 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Touch Bar instead of function keys, Touch ID
  • 2,0 GHz Quad-Core i5, 2,3 GHz i7 optional
  • 16 GB RAM, optional 32 GB
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • 512 GB or 1 TB GB SSD
  • 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Bluetooth 5.0

16″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

  • True Tone Display with 2880 x 1800 pixels
  • 2,6 GHz 6-Core i7 or 2,3 GHz 8-Core i9
  • 16 GB RAM, 32 GB optional
  • Radeon Pro 5300M or 5500M with 4 GB RAM, optional 8 GB
  • 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Bluetooth 5.0

identical specs over all machines

  • stereo speakers, microfone
  • 3,5mm audio jack
  • Force Touch Trackpad
  • 720p FaceTime camera
  • ac Wifi

Which options make sense for the 13″ MacBook Pro?

The basic model now comes with 256 GB SSD memory. The previous 128 GB were simply much too little memory, because you also have to remove the operating system and installed programs – then there is not much space left. In addition, the resale value is significantly lower, because word has got around that such a small SSD is almost unfit for everyday use. A 256 GB configuration is however already very suitable for everyday use. So if you don’t have to deal with large amounts of data like photos and videos or virtual machines, you can be happy with this memory size already.

However, you should upgrade the memory if you have the budget, as it is soldered at the factory. A later upgrade is not possible. 16 GB is generally better than 8 GB and the investment in more memory makes much more sense than 300 MHz more processor clock, which Apple also offers. So – unless you only do office work – go for more RAM.

However, if you want to upgrade your SSD and RAM, the 13″ model has a strong competitor in-house: the new 16″ model.

Options that make sense for the 16″ MacBook Pro

Since the 16″ models of the MacBook Pro already come with 16 RAM and a 512GB SSD, they are a clear competition to the 13″ models in terms of price, if you want to have the fastest processor in the 13″ device. With the update of the 13″ devices Apple has solved the absurd situation that the 16″ devices were even cheaper than the small models.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that for a few hundred Dollars more you get a larger display, two more cores, a separate graphic with 4 GB RAM, a six-speaker system, a better microphone system and a much better cooling system.

Computing power, memory and graphics card should be according to your requirements. Again the hint: if you equip a 13″ model like a 16″ model, there are either less than a hundred Dollars between the models or the 16er is even cheaper. These features currently cost you a little over $300 more. If you don’t prefer the smaller MacBook format, you’ll find a real bargain offer like we do.

So as soon as you have a 13″ device in mind that has four Thunderbolt ports and you want to install the better processor there, take the 16er. You’ll probably do a lot of math anyway, and then you’ll benefit greatly from the larger cooling system.

Where to buy the MacBook Pro?

Buy here:     Amazon*     Apple

Which MacBook Air Retina to buy?

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The MacBook Air Retina is the successor to the MacBook Air, which is still available. The MacBook Air Retina is more expensive than the MacBook Air without retina display, but cheaper and much more powerful than the smaller 12-inch MacBook. In addition, the MacBook Pro with function keys is also very close in price.

When to buy a MacBook Air Retina?

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The MacBook Air Retina was updated in March 2020.

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orange means: coming to the end of the product cycle
red means: don’t buy, an update is coming soon

Decision criteria for the MacBook Air Retina

The two MacBook Air models offered differ in memory size and processor. The base model offers 256GB of memory and a dual-core CPU, while the better model doubles that to 512GB and a quad-core processor.

A dual-core processor and 8 GB are standard.

What’s great is that Apple gave the MacBook Air Retina a Touch ID Sensor in the keyboard without adding an expensive touch bar. This makes it even better positioned than the MacBook and MacBook Pro, both of which are more expensive – unless you like the Touch Bar.

Since both the memory and the SSD can be freely configured, we recommend both, depending on your budget, but first a slightly larger memory. You can also live well in everyday life with 8 GB, but with 16 GB you are a bit more future-proof.

The quad-core processor can also be ordered in the basic model for only $100. We would do that after an upgrade to 16 GB. But don’t expect a calculating machine: MacBook Air is all about speeding up short-term workloads: export a pdf, apply an image filter, cut a video every now and then. Because MacBook Air doesn’t have a proper cooling system, don’t expect to be able to do hours of calculations. On the one hand the processor clocks down directly, on the other hand the small fan is annoying. So if number crunching is your field of application, please use the MacBook Pro.

Technical Specs

MacBook Air Butterfly Keyboard

MacBook Air Retina 13″

  • Display with 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • 1,1 GHz Dual-Core i3 processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB or 512 GB SSD
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • Stereo speakers, three microphones
  • 3,5 mm audio port
  • two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Intel UHD Graphics 617
  • ac Wifi and Bluetooth 5.0

MacBook Air Retina vs. MacBook Retina vs. MacBook Pro

The Macbook Air is technically superior to the older 12″ MacBook in every category. The smaller MacBook is the only thing that scores points: it’s 300 grams lighter. In other words, the new MacBook Air is over 40% heavier than the discontinued MacBook 12″. So you won’t get extreme lightness, but rather a fair price.

MacBook Air Retina vs. MacBook Air non-Retina

In Apple’s product portfolio, MacBook Air is still the computer that is designed for beginners and users who are primarily interested in adequate computing power, affordable price, packed into a relatively light, portable computer with very long battery life. So it is a MacBook for surfing, writing, managing pictures etc., less for (quite limited) video editing.

Phased out MacBook Models

There are some models that Apple no longer sells, but which are still on sale and of course used. Among the most recently discontinued models are the MacBook 12″, which weighs only 900g, and the widely used MacBook Air without Retina Display.

Which MacBook to buy? Tips for your decision making.

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The 12″ MacBook is Apple’s newest creation when it comes to ultra portable MacBooks. Its 12 inch display is a bit smaller compared to the MacBook Air’s and it is also a bit weaker when it comes to processor power. Nonetheless though, it is fast enough for everyday tasks, is very lightweight and has a brilliant display.

Where to buy the MacBook?

Buy here:     Amazon*     Apple

When to buy a MacBook? The best moment to buy.

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The last hardware revision is from 2017.

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Decision criteria for the 12″ MacBook

Apple offers the 12 inch MacBook in two configurations: you can a 1.2 GHz processor and 256 GB flash storage or a 1.3 GHz processor and 512 GB flash memory.

MacBook: Demonstration of the technically possible.

It is a bit difficult to find the right spot in Apple’s portfolio, where we have a Macbook Air, MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro Retina in similar sizes. The best comparison may be the very first iPhone and MacBook Air: they were very expensive, less powerful than other devices in the portfolio, but technically ahead and very stylish.

The MacBook is hopefully fast enough for normal work, as there is internet browsing, text processing and light photo editing. It shows the way Apple’s hardware development is going. It may be not as powerful as other MacBooks, but this is not needed for some people. It only got one audio and one USB-C port and only has a 480p Webcam. But it is beautiful, very light and doesn’t bring a fan. In addition, the battery life is high.

Technical Specifications

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MacBook 12″

  • 1,2 GHz Dual-Core m3 or 1,3 GHz i5 processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB or 512 GB flash storage
  • FaceTime camera (480p)
  • stereo speakers, two microfones
  • Audioanschluss
  • one USB 3.1 port
  • Intel Graphics 615
  • ac WLAN and Bluetooth 4.2
  • Force Touch Trackpad

MacBook vs. MacBook Air

The difference between a MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro are clear: the Pro is the work horse, the Air the lightweight for standard tasks.

Now there is a model below the Air: The MacBook 12″ is much less powerful than the Air. In addition, there is no SD-card slot, no USB 3.0 ports, not Thunderbolt 3, no FaceTime HD camera and the battery is a bit smaller. Interestingly enough, the MacBook Air now seems extremely powerful, but it misses a Retina Display.

To be honest though, there are a lot of user that never made use of the MacBook Air’s performance and never used the Thunderbolt port anyway. This is exact the focus group that will love the 400 gram lighter MacBook: completely silent, incredibly light, brilliant display. And the only port? Well, it gets connected to the only accessory which is always used: the charger.

Where should I buy the MacBook?

Buy here:     Amazon*     Apple

Which MacBook Air non-Retina to buy? Decision criteria.

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The MacBook Air is the cheapest mobile Mac in Apple’s range, though no longer the smallest and lightest. It offers enough computing power for everyday tasks and a very long battery life. We’ll give you tips on what options make sense for a MacBook Air.

When to buy a MacBook Air?

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The MacBook Air got its last update in June 2017.

We inform you here if it is a good time to buy the product.

green means: up to date
orange means: coming to the end of the product cycle
red means: don’t buy, an update is coming soon

Decision criteria for the MacBook Air

Both currently offered MacBook Air variants are just two configurations of the same base model, only the size of the SSD is different. As an option, you can choose a better processor and more storage space.

A fast CPU and 8 GB RAM come as standard.

The faster processor can make sense under some circumstances, this depends heavily on your work though. The Air does not turn into a computer monster with the optinal 2.2 GHz i7, but it can speed up picture conversions for example. If you just use the machine for office work and internet surfing, just go for the base processor. If this machine will be used for CPU extensive tasks like video cutting though, pay the price for more performance.

We always say that 256 GB should be minimum when it comes to SSD storage space. For this model, Transcend already offers new and bigger SSDs. They are not cheap, but it means the MacBook Air can be upgraded later. You can start with a cheaper configuration now and update later, when you have more budget.

Technical specifications

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MacBook Air 13″

  • display with 1440 x 900 pixels
  • 1,8 GHz Dual-Core i5 processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB or 256 GB flash storage
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • stereo speakers, two microphones
  • 3,5 mm audio jack
  • two USB 3.0 ports
  • SDXC port
  • one Thunderbolt 2 port
  • Intel Graphics 6000
  • ac Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0

MacBook Air vs. MacBook Retina

The Air is Apple’s offer in the MacBook lineup that is for beginners and users that want a fair price, good performance and lots of different ports wrapped in a light case with a very long battery life. It is a MacBook for surfing, writing, photo organizing etc.

For more complex tasks Apple offers the Pro lineup, which can offer more RAM and lots of performance. In addition, the Air comes without retina display. It is not that bad though: it has a higher resolution display, so the difference to the more expensive retina variants is ok. If you are not sure, just go into an Apple store and have a look.

Attraktive. A MacBook Air.

iCloud MacBook Air

Although the MacBook Air doesn’t offer the newest CPUs or the fastest SSDs, it is very snappy computer, which is still a joy to use. The small enclosure makes it easy to carry it around. For some users this model is still the most attractive of all offers that many find very sympathic.