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Why You Should Wait for the 2016 MacBook Pro

New 15-inch MacBook Pros were released back in May of last year with a new 13-inch MacBook Pro released back in March of last year, making it a good time to buy a new MacBook Pro. However, now that we’re into 2016, here’s why you should wait until the 2016 MacBook Pro releases.

Apple’s newer MacBook Pros come with a Force Touch trackpad and a faster processor, making the refresh a rather minor one, but the new trackpad is something that will catch buyers’ eyes. The Force Touch trackpad lets you tap to bring up a menu or hover over an item, while a hard press would select an item. Essentially, the trackpad doubles its capabilities this way, and it gets this technology from the Apple Watch, which was the first Apple product to incorporate Force Touch.

The new MacBook Pro also comes with Intel’s new Broadwell processors, allowing for faster performance while still cutting down on energy, which can keep battery life where it should be.

Read: 2016 MacBook Pro: What to Expect

The entry-level 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes with a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics, while the entry-level 13-inch model includes a 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 128GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris Graphics.

These are excellent specs for the MacBook Pro, but if you can wait for another year, you might thank yourself when the 2016 MacBook Pro releases, and here’s why.

Faster Performance

The 2016 MacBook Pro will no doubt include yet another performance boost over the 2015 model.

It’s probably a good bet that the 2016 MacBook Pro will use Intel’s 6th-generation Skylake processors over the 5th-generation Broadwell chips that are in the current MacBook Pro.MacBook-Pro-620x452

Surprisingly, the 15-inch MacBook Pro still uses Intel’s older Haswell processor, which is a bit of a mystery, but that should make the 15-inch model’s performance boost just that much more significant this year.

Of course, Intel’s Skylake processors won’t offer a ginormous speed boost over the company’s Broadwell chips other than better battery life, but that’s not a bad thing by any means.

In any case, it’s possible that the 2016 MacBook Pro could see a slight speed boost from the current 2.7GHz entry-level processor in the 13-inch MacBook Pro to possibly 2.8GHz or 2.9GHz with the same $1,299 entry-level price.

12-Inch MacBook Similarities

The 12-inch MacBook was released earlier last year just before the new 2015 MacBook Pros released. The all-new MacBook sports a new design that makes it thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air.

It also only includes two ports: a USB-C port and a headphone jack. While it’s possible that the 2016 MacBook Pro could follow suit somewhat, the power laptop will still have plenty of ports.

Read: When Should You Upgrade to a New MacBook?

USB-C is a reversible USB connection that can utilize speeds faster than USB 3.0, making it the obvious successor in line when it comes to new ports on the MacBook Pro.

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The limited number of ports on the new MacBook certainly isn’t a bad thing, and I think it’s a crystal ball into the future of Apple computing. so it could give us a hint at what Apple might do with the MacBook Pro this year, which is why it might be a good idea to wait until the 2016 model releases.

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It’s very possible that the 2016 MacBook Pro could see a big redesign with an even thinner body than before, but it’ll be interesting to see where Apple draws the line between performance and size. The MacBook Pro is meant to be a workhorse for professionals, so it needs to be powerful and have enough room for high-end components.

Most professionals who use MacBook Pros need all those ports, but Apple might at least change those around a bit. For instance, instead of having the power port, two Thunderbolt ports, two USB ports, HDMI, and SD card slot and a headphone jack, Apple could slim it down to a couple of USB-C ports, a headphone jack, and maybe keep a Thunderbolt port for the power users.

Or Apple could just replace a Thunderbolt port and a regular USB port with two USB-C ports, adding in the new technology without getting rid of a port completely.

Above: The MacBook Pro's current thinner design vs. the old MacBook Pro design before 2012.
Above: The MacBook Pro’s current thinner design vs. the old MacBook Pro design before 2012.

It certainly seems that USB-C is becoming the future, and the new 12-inch MacBook proves that, but it will be interesting to see how the new MacBook will influence future refreshes of the MacBook Pro.

Of course, this isn’t saying that all of the features of the new MacBook will eventually come to the MacBook Pro, but it seems likely that Apple is moving in that general direction at least.

When Is the 2016 MacBook Pro Release Date?

Nothing has been set in stone yet, and any release dates floating around are purely rumors right now, but there are a couple of dates that remain intriguing.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina design is familiar.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina design is familiar.

First off, Apple is rumored to be holding an event next month, possibly on March 15 where it’s said that the company will unveil the iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and a couple of new Apple Watch items, like watch bands and a new update.

It’s unlikely that Apple will announce new MacBooks during this event, but you never know.

A more likely date is early June when Apple will be holding its annual WWDC conference. This is where Apple has announced MacBooks in the past, so that seems more likely, but we’ll ultimately have to wait and see what the company decides to do.

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85 Comments

  1. chris

    07/13/2015 at 3:53 pm

    not sure how you can say

    “The limited number of ports on the new MacBook certainly isn’t a bad thing”

    and then shortly thereafter say

    “most professionals who use MacBook Pros need all those ports”

    personally i say less is less. taking away ports takes away functionality.

    i would never buy the new macbook wtih one port that isn’t even a port because if you have the computer plugged in, as i generally do, the port is already in use.

    so i can’t even use a usb thumb drive or external drive? i can’t insert the flash card from my camera to upload photos? i have to shell out more $ to buy expensive apple peripherals to split the usb-c port into more ports and then i have to carry those peripherals around with me?

    this is a significant downgrade that i really hope does not trickle up to the pro version. seems like one more case of apple prizing form over function, which when building something that is at its essence a tool, is a losing proposition.

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    • Riko

      08/13/2015 at 9:29 pm

      Why not get a camera that has wifi built in instead of whining about the lack of ports?

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      • Alex S.

        08/17/2015 at 11:05 pm

        Blame the victim, Riko. Again, grow up. And next time, choose a verb other than “whining.”

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        • Jim Davis

          01/27/2016 at 4:54 am

          Because he’s a brain-dead Apple fanboy that will never find fault with anything Apple does.

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      • Luc

        08/19/2015 at 11:22 pm

        lol, yeah lets transfer 250gb from the scene we shot with the Red One over wifi…

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        • Andrew Guo

          12/12/2015 at 10:01 pm

          One could use a USB-C hub and I think thats the whole point in having 1 port for a basic consumer product, you add devices as you require rather than have say 5 ports when you’re only using 1

          I see that as the future where interfaces are high-bandwidth, multi-functional and expandable where you’re able to have the versatility of having a high speed interface for 1 device or standard speed over multiple connected devices.

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          • Rubin

            01/05/2016 at 5:31 am

            You said it. “Basic Consumer”. We are not talking about Basic Consumers! We are here because of Professional Users! There is not Legitimate Excuse for apple to go the same way, the Macbook Air went. (We hope they won’t)

      • Craig

        12/27/2015 at 12:11 pm

        Yeah jack ass… spend too much on an underpowered portless laptop… then $79 for an eyesore dongle to use the lone port…. and then go drop a few hundred bucks to replace a camera that has nothing wrong with it….

        give us your credit card number since you seem to have so much disposable income

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      • Marcus P.

        02/19/2016 at 2:53 am

        Certainly not the answer, wifi is too slow and doesn’t live up to professional standards as yet.

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        • FootMaestro

          02/20/2016 at 10:15 am

          Wi-Fi isn’t slow on my macboik pro 15″ retina mid-2014. I get 100mbps down as advertised by my ISP. It’s a very good wi-fi radio. Make sure yours isn’t defective.

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          • Jordan

            03/01/2016 at 1:30 pm

            wifi is extreamly slow compared to USB…..
            UBS 3.0 = 5 gbps
            USB 3.1/C = 10 gbps
            2015 MBPRO AC = 1.3 gbps

            if you are transferring large amounts of videos and photos via wifi you also have to worry about it possibly dropping signal from the source and destination device and router reliability. it’s the same reason people who do large transfers between pc’s or play games use wired connections

      • Raymondo

        04/09/2016 at 7:23 am

        Good idea. I’m so taken with the one-port idea that I’ve had my house rewired so there is only one electric socket. I just plug half a dozen adapters into this as I need them. Talk about convenience.

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        • Jeff

          08/15/2016 at 7:18 am

          That’s the same thing that I did! It’s more aesthetically pleasing than having dozens of plug-in’s all over the walls. I had to move all of the electric appliances into one room (which is kind of inconvenient) but the rest of the house looks great.

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  2. Stewart

    07/18/2015 at 9:36 am

    Yep, one port just sucks. Apple really screwed up. I was going to buy my wife this new MB but i cannot from personal experience. I currently own a 2014 15 MBP covered with ” spaghetti wires” because of even its limited ports. As a matter of fact everything I have is external from Blu ray drives to external monitors, these Mac tops need a crap load of external hardware just to be useable. DO NOT purchase the 2015 MacBook unless you are an Applefan boy, like torture and want to spend almost half again in external connections to make it even somewhat useful.

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    • Riko

      08/13/2015 at 9:34 pm

      I’m not an fanboy but I know that anyone that needs a shitload of wires for a laptop is probably not using it correctly!

      Let me guess, you still watch movies on VHS?

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      • Alex S.

        08/17/2015 at 11:04 pm

        What a snotty, supercilious reply. Please, for everyone’s sake, grow up.

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        • Kevin S

          10/23/2015 at 12:31 am

          Riko is just a troll or clearly has one perspective – his.

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      • Mike G

        08/19/2015 at 5:04 pm

        Riko, I agree with Alex that your comment is out of line. How about a setup with two external monitors, 4 external disk drives, printers that need to be connected by wire, etc.? My guess would be that you don’t do much serious work on your Mac.

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        • Luc

          08/19/2015 at 11:27 pm

          obviously just a simple user… has no clue what people can do with the MBP.
          go stream your netflix riko, no need to buy a 2000-3000 dllr laptop for that though

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        • christy wants a MBP

          01/02/2016 at 12:00 am

          Thanks Mike. Exactly what I wanted to say :) On my third MBP — I am a professional user willing to drop $6K on a notebook. Apple no longer makes a product for me. They built this company — for 25 years — on the backs of those of us working in ad agencies, photography, graphic design, video editors, architectural offices…and now we’re all screwed. Just screwed. Apple does not make professional products. They are all about churning out iPads, iPhones, mini’s, watches, pods and other CONSUMER products. Make me a 17″ MBP, please. I’ll drop $9K. Make me a 23″ notebook and I’ll drop $12K-$13K. Otherwise, I’ll keep buying used 17″ MBP’s off of the internet. Circle back to your core, Apple. The professional user needs the acreage. And if anyone whines about the MBP being too heavy…?! I am a woman. It has never felt heavy and I lug it all over the world. If you think a MBP is heavy, you probably need to get into the gym. Once again, I’ve posted BRING BACK the 17″. Dang, I do this once a year. No one cares or reads this.

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          • TaK

            01/19/2016 at 11:37 am

            Christy, I am with you 100%!
            I say the same things to my friends all the time. What’s with the 11″ 13″ laptops, totally useless for adults – I mean at that point just get an iPad. And the after you’ve had the 17″, the 15″ is too cramped as well, you need that real estate. Not everyone wants to sit in the same place all the time to have to get an iMac, especially when you freelance.

            It’s been 4 years since they launched the last 17″ and at the time I understood the thinking cause they had just released the 15″ retina which was at the time an expensive screen that would have made the 17″ too expensive, and in typical Apple fashion, not to lose face, they usually get rid of something rather than look bad (think no Flash on iPhone’s). Fine, but it’s been 4 years now and they are now selling retina screens that are up to 27″, so there is no excuse, not to mention the large sized 12″ iPads and a debatable over-sized iPhone 6+ they are making.., but tiny laptops!?

            And the phony excuse that the 17″ weren’t big sellers is such a load! How was Apple, when it wasn’t the richest company in the world, able to produce all these hardcore professional products along with consumer products at that time?! And now that they are huge they can only juggle a handful of products, including that frivolous Watch that breaks the all in one concept of the iPhone into two. I guarantee you that Watch is a flop and they are keeping it a secret. I’ll tell you what, Apple is as rich as it is today because of products like the 17″!

            At this point Apple feels like a monopoly in that we are stuck with this one company to provide us with a 17″ (PC’s suck so don’t even argue me on that point). Apple created a product that is essential in life like shoes and if they don’t make it in your size we’re screwed. Maybe they need to be broken up so that others can make products for the Apple OS if they can’t “afford” to do it themselves.

            And I agree, it could be even larger, an 18″ or 19″ borderless screen would make it’s outer dimensions no bigger than the existing 17″. And the fact that now it would be a thinner product would make it lighter anyways. Yeah, people used to walk around with brief cases, a 20″ laptop is still a small device!

            Agh, I’m so sick of waiting, Apple has come to a crawl, like Tim Cooks drawl, since Steve died in 2011, and it’s symbolic that it’s also when the 17″ died too.

          • Steve

            01/31/2016 at 6:24 pm

            I wholly agree. I have written Apple. They are obsessed with “cool” and “small” and forget that elegant full functionality on the move is desirable. It is the aircraft carrier of laptops, enabling one to deploy anywhere. I hope they come to their senses and bring one out soon…

          • John Keifferman

            05/31/2016 at 11:15 am

            I agree that a 17″ option would be nice, and I’m in the same boat as far as willingness to pay high dollar for a large, fully-featured professional laptop.

            I get that you feel abandoned by Apple, but of course money is their goal. Consumer products have brought in the most profits for them.

  3. Dan Bires

    08/08/2015 at 9:16 pm

    Yea come on. I run a thunderbolt audio interface, Ilok for usb, usb wireless mouse and sometimes an external ssd drive at the same time. I need it to have more ports and what about ram. Thats the big issue. 16gb needs to be expanded to 32gb. Please someone tell me this will happen soon.

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    • Tjizzle

      04/18/2016 at 8:12 am

      Yeah I never understood Apples anti RAM campaign seems like they constantly sell all of their products with not enough RAM when it is literally one of the cheapest components in modern systems (except DDR4). I mean the iPhone 6+ still only has 1 GB when EVERY other smartphone pushes 3 – 4GB. It is like they just want some bragging right that they run their OS on 1GB of RAM. Like yeah you can run Android, Windows, or linux on low RAM and also have a sluggish experience or Apple could drop the ego and throw some damn RAM in their products. Its cool if you want to flaunt that it can run on low RAM but when it would cost Apple $10 to add another GB and not worry about if it runs on low RAM it just doesnt make sense. Again it comes down to is this for Apple to look good or does only 1GB have some real functional purpose for the customer?

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  4. Timon

    08/23/2015 at 12:23 am

    Well, you said exactly..nothing. Thanks for wasting my time.

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  5. ARKAY

    09/02/2015 at 12:31 pm

    For most you might be able to get by with one port. Bluetooth mouse check. Wireless network storage. Fine. However, if you are doing serious content creation, esp video it won’t work. You are working off external disks so you need at least one 3.0, C or Thunderbolt to begin a chain. Another for field ingesting files from the cameras. You need realtime connection to a field color correction or client monitor, another Thunderbolt, Display or HDMI. And you need to be plugged into power at the same time because all those connections suck power and you work long hours. One could try to argue for one hub splitting to those connections, but I wouldn’t trust that one USB C connection has the bandwidth for all devices working simultaneously. I wouldn’t chain any of those devices more than two deep. Especially if my job depends on it.

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  6. Amy

    09/04/2015 at 10:20 am

    Anyone know of a better estimate of when the new 2016 MacBook Pro will come out? And will they have multiple color options: “Silver, Gold, and space gray?” Please know if you have any guesses.

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    • Archie

      02/23/2016 at 1:06 pm

      As said at the end of the review it is likely the device will be released at Apple’s WWDC event in June, if the device is to include a new Skylake processor the March event is a little optimistic, if Intel’s product list is anything to go by. As for a more specific date, neither have been confirmed, however it is likely WWDC will occur between June 13 – June 17, the laptop will likely become available in the weeks after the presentation, much has been the same with previous generations. As for more colour options, this is a feature which has been rumoured for quite some time regarding the new MacBook pro and air lines, it seems likely Apple will include this in the new products given the way it has treated other lines especially their iOS products and OS X seems to be following suit, just be prepared to give up the back lit apple logo for a shiny new gold laptop!

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      • Archie

        02/23/2016 at 1:08 pm

        Just realised this comment was really late haha

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  7. glynster

    09/04/2015 at 5:18 pm

    Yes, you just listed all the reasons why the 2016 Macbook Pro could suck big time – many of us use the macbook professionally so we dont want a glorified iphone with a keyboard (air) or a pro without a decent selection of ports. We want expandability for 32 gb ram, at least 2 thunderbolt ports and hdmi – plus more usbs – and we want more internal storage that a 260gb which is frankly laughable to the point I am embarrassed for Apple. I think I’ll upgrade before they make it thinner than a sheet of paper and offer it in metallic pink with no ports and just bluetooth

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    • Kukis Maci

      09/20/2015 at 12:25 am

      I love this reply, thank you for making my day. Feel the same way glynster… yeah i do.

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    • Kukis Maci

      09/20/2015 at 12:27 am

      I also don’t think anybody should wait for anything. I have a real bad feeling Apple will disappoint beyond belief. It will be a disaster zone. Look at what they have done already.
      I think after reading these posts, I will just go out and buy the most powerful 15 and use for the next say 4 years, and not worry about it.

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    • Blaike

      12/06/2015 at 3:05 am

      Just buy a 900gb Jet-Drive replacement mate, no need to deal with a low 256gb, and plus, they give you a portable chassis so you can use your 256gb as an external SSD/Storage.

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  8. Amin

    09/06/2015 at 9:14 am

    I think the major reason to wait will be skylake along with it comes thunderbolt 3 and alpine ridge which will open way for external gpu and ofcourse ddr 4 . A combination of 2 thunderbolt 3 a single usb 3.1 and a couple of usb 3 will be ideal . Fast charging will be great .

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  9. toyotabruker

    09/07/2015 at 6:08 am

    The important thing is 4k 60hz 4:4:4 with screen size 40 inch +. Today you have only seiki and phillips providing this and the screen quality is not good enough. The problems seem to be that very few TV´s have DP1.2. The solution would then be HDMI 2.0 which are comming on all high end TV´s. With a new MBP providing 4k 60hz 4:4:4 over HDMI 2.0 i could then by myself a 48 inch samsung J9000 tv which would be perfect :-) – i think !!

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  10. No

    09/07/2015 at 11:38 pm

    What a waste of time clickbait article. Blacklisting this website now.

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  11. christmasinvegas

    09/13/2015 at 11:08 pm

    What a brain dead sack of shit article. Why don’t you just glue a piece of paper to sheet of plywood and carry a pencil with you. There’s an even better laptop just for you.

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  12. ultratato

    09/14/2015 at 10:24 am

    they could replace thunderbolt 2.0 with 3.0, or do something similar to chromebook and put one USB C on each side so you can charge from both

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  13. David Morton

    09/14/2015 at 1:28 pm

    Without frightening the children surely:
    A laptop is intended to be CARRIED around on a daily basis.
    Charged overnight, used wirelessly for all functions, then at close of play recharged again, overnight.
    If one wishes to/has to plug in a multitude of supposedly essential peripherals continuously:

    a) You should have bought a desktop
    b) You should buy a docking station to accommodate all the items you “need” Which would make your choice of machine acceptable.
    c) If your needs are modest a small adapter is cheap (Applewise) small and easily carried, after all you are already carrying the thing you wish to plugin anyway.

    Apple’s product line includes units to cover almost all the eventualities one could conceive of.
    Criticizing one because it does not perform the same way as an alternative type is rather pointless.

    The Apple vs Windows vs Linux slanging match is so outdated to have become comical and irrelevance!

    Finally. Apple is going produce what it likes anyway. So lay back and enjoy it.

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    • ETA

      09/14/2015 at 9:46 pm

      The only thing I would complain the new Macbook is the CPU, else it is exactly what I look for home use laptop. For work, I would be happy with the existing MBP except I hope Apple are generous enough to put 512GB as entry level for the 15″ one.

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      • Reza Atabaki

        09/28/2015 at 8:12 am

        Or add a freaking dedicated graphics card to the entry level…

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  14. dsxbdsbx

    09/20/2015 at 2:42 am

    we need these ports to stay and just add one usb 3.0 and usb-c, then i will be happy, and change the magsafe to something else that can charge faster!

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  15. Reza Atabaki

    09/28/2015 at 8:11 am

    Apple and the art of stripping away features, charge more for less. I bought the first version of MacBook Pro Retina back in 2012, the cheapest one. For $2100, it had a really good GPU, good amount of ram, fast SSD, and a very powerful CPU. I was able to justify the price because it was sleek and powerful machine for its time and for that price. Now, in the MacBook line, if you want to get a computer with GPU, you need to fork out $2500. I can’t justify paying $1900 for a machine that is competing with much cheaper computers with the same performance. Honestly, I think Tim Cook is a cheap bastard.

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    • Andrew Guo

      12/12/2015 at 10:06 pm

      Iris is a very capable GPU for that matter, I have a feeling that you’re inherently biased against integrated graphics because of your prejudice against it.

      I’m using the MBP without a dedicated graphics card for professional graphics works and its perfectly fine.

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  16. Mike

    10/21/2015 at 2:34 pm

    Oh we should wait for the new Macbook 2016 because of pretty new colors and because maybe we will get lucky and they will give us only 1 or 2 ports to try to connect everything to? Are you kidding me. What a worthless article. I’ll tell you one thing IF apple screws up and provide 1 or 2 ports on their new MacBook Pro 2016 then world wake up and sell all of your stock because on that day it will prove that Apple has NO CLUE. That will be a sad day.

    In the mean time why did I waste my time reading this. Hey Craig Lloyd I’ll give you a hint. Look up Intel Skywell processors and then you might have a more interesting article about Apple’s 2016 Macbook.

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  17. Jon

    10/23/2015 at 1:03 pm

    I have a late 2013 MBP and I will upgrade immediately once new MBP’s with new a processor generation are available.

    As for ports, I have 2 USB ports in use, 1 Thunderbolt and a DVI for external display. So cutting down on ports IMHO is really, REALLY not a good idea on a power user laptop.

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    • Andrew Guo

      12/12/2015 at 10:18 pm

      I doubt thats gonna happen on the Pro series MB

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  18. Jon

    10/23/2015 at 1:04 pm

    HDMI, not DVI

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  19. FalseAzzWebz

    11/07/2015 at 1:03 am

    Just wait till the damn thing come out, instead of making shitty assumptions. Goodbye

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  20. Brandon

    11/09/2015 at 5:46 pm

    Another thing the MacBooks need badly that their competition has already…TOUCH SCREEN!!! Apple INVEST!

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    • Andrew Guo

      12/12/2015 at 10:07 pm

      Please no, touch-screens are so gimmicky and pointless on a laptop.

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  21. JayWY

    11/25/2015 at 10:51 pm

    I am a long time Mac user and, as an experiment, bought a Dell XPS 15.5″ notebook with a 4K screen, 1 TB SSD drive and 16GB memory. Runs on Windows 10 and has all the right ports. Cost me $2,000 after discounts while a comparable Mac is over $3,000. (Admittedly, Apple tech support is 500% better than anyone else’s.) But, this new Windows 10 based computer works flawlessly, is lightning fast and set up more intuitively (meaning no need for manuals or help of any kind) than any computer I have owned – ever. If Windows ever figures out how to sync contacts with an iPhone and iPad without using snoopy and awkward Google, Apple will need Steve Jobs to rise from the dead to help the company survive.

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    • abc

      11/28/2015 at 12:12 pm

      Mine XPS 15 9530 with 3K screen had such failures:
      1) dead wifi and sd card reader (dead on arrival);
      2) coil whine with 60 pages thread about the issue on dell official forum; unfixed for 2 years; 4k model also have this problem (not sure if all units though)
      3) loud fans after few months of usage;
      4) keyboard keys start dying after 1.5 year of usage;
      5) white spot on lcd backlight (it’s not a dead pixel but some kind of pressure on back of lcd)

      Dell fixed 1, 3 (but the issue came back again with new fans). Did not fix 2 – now they say coil whine is “by design”, so nothing to fix. They are going to fix 4 and 5 (waiting for replacement parts).

      So Dell quality is very, very low these days.

      Touch screen – only my daughter is using this feature :-)

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    • Andrew Guo

      12/12/2015 at 10:16 pm

      I don’t think your XPS comes with a 1TB SSD drive.

      IMO there is a market for every product and you, belong to the PC laptop market. There are those who values the mac not solely based on specs and value for money

      Its basically how humans are like, we’re all different, we all have different preferences, different priorities, different opinions and essentially, different choices.

      Just because the Mac is not for you based on a price to performance ratio, it doesn’t mean that Apple needs to change their product range to fit your preference for “value-for-money”, there are people who purchase macs because they enjoy good design, aesthetics, materials or any other features or experience that the mac provides.

      If there is anything Apple has demonstrated, its that selling cheap, being a loss-leader or chasing after market share does not necessarily translate to success

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  22. Jack McKenzie

    11/25/2015 at 10:54 pm

    Good call JayWY! That Dell you’re speaking of even has a touch screen. Still, Apple tech support rules!

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  23. Michael

    12/05/2015 at 2:15 pm

    I emphatically second and third the motion to have the Macbook Pro support 32GB or 64GB of RAM.

    I run MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) El Capitan OS X 10.11.1 and if you run Microsoft Office 2016 Word, Outlook, Excel, Safari, and Adobe Acrobat which sounds like a lot but if you are task switching between email, composing a document, referencing data from the Internet, embedding tables from Excel and referencing PDF files as I do for legal work you will completely fill up your Macbook’s RAM. Some have said that this much RAM isn’t needed unless you are doing video editing but c’mon – Macbook Pro is great for business users. I need portability and won’t be buying a MacPro so Apple’s potential concern about cannibalization of high-end machines by laptops is unfounded in my opinion.

    Memory management needs big improvements too. When closing applications RAM doesn’t always get released to be re-used. As I write this I am using MemoryFreer to constantly free up RAM as I notice my applications start to become unstable. With the above apps open I have 1.65 GB available of my 16 GB RAM machine. If I switch from Safari to Firefox or Chrome (many use those browsers) the memory consumption allocated to the browser can jump from 256 MB (Safari) to over 1 Gig just for the browser! Poof! You are now running a machine that feels like it was designed in 2003 not 2013!

    Please – give us 32GB or 64 GB options. The OS continues to grow and consume more system resources. We need those for applications whether the user is a multimedia video editor or business user.

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    • Michael

      12/05/2015 at 2:19 pm

      I would also like to mention that I have a lot of drive space which doesn’t remedy the problem.I am using a 1 terabyte SSD – which I hoped would allow fast memory swapping from disk to RAM for performance and memory management – but it doesn’t solve the problem

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    • Jason Zwolak

      02/17/2016 at 7:09 am

      I also would like to see support for more RAM, at least 32 GB.

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  24. Truth

    12/17/2015 at 1:12 pm

    Macbook pro needs 4 usb ports.

    This is coming from a productive point of view. (Audio)

    People who use these machines in a productive way need ports. The more, the better.

    We do not simply use these machines to browse the web and email.

    Thinner and less is not more in this scenario.

    If all i would do is browse, email, office stuff, watch movies etc, i would obviously choose the less and lighter variant as it would suit my needs.

    Its that simple.

    I hope apple pulls through and puts the “pro” back into macbook pro, and not turn it into a fast ipad with keyboard.. – as, well, there already is an ipad, macbook etc… (Love my ipad to bits btw)

    So yeah, in conclusion..- you will not find one “productive” person that will say “i want less ports”

    That is all.

    Thank you for your time.

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    • Igor

      12/30/2015 at 4:59 am

      Amen.

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  25. Robert

    01/03/2016 at 4:05 pm

    I agree with most of you. Apple has lost touch with those that supported them from the beginning – the creatives. The designers and entertainment professionals that stuck with them. Now it seems they are more interested in making laptops for a 12 year old girl with all the pretty colors and divest in creating a useful product that is taken seriously in our industries.

    It was bad enough when they made modifying RAM and Hard drives in the Pro series impossible to upgrade.

    Bad move on Apple’s part.

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    • Rich

      05/03/2016 at 4:16 pm

      I love the Mac, there’s nowhere to go for developers. Either Apple provides 64GB RAM or developers will have no choice but to make due with another brand of laptop. And Microsoft has made advances toward developers.

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  26. Time_Verse

    01/06/2016 at 12:16 pm

    As a professional I need those 2 thunderbolt ports, so don’t take those away, please.

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  27. Chris Tucci

    01/14/2016 at 5:22 am

    going USB isn’t the be all solution for everyone, it’s limited bandwidth and power would hinder the pros in their everyday work. I hope apple doesn’t forget that the pros have needs for more horse power than consumers for the work they do. cookie cutter solutions have a higher failure rate than open solutions.

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    • xdrylandx

      02/04/2016 at 6:12 pm

      There are many types of professionals. I’m a systems engineer and I don’t need a ton of processing power. I’m not creating content. I’m not designing. I’m managing and maintaining the systems with processing power. I just need the ability to connect to these machines. And … since I work with multiple customers and travel between them, I need a mobile solution. I don’t need a bunch of peripherals. All I need is a network connection. If I need processing power, I have servers I can connect to.

      Someone earlier commented about needing a 17 inch monitor. I believe that laptops are meant to be portable. 17 inches is moving towards a desktop. If you need a 17 inch screen, it might be worthwhile to get an external monitor.

      Thunderbolt 3 will be out this year. Apple is poising itself to take advantage of this by moving to usb-c. Daisy chaining a few usb-c devices will make life easier for some. But it will be an investment. And before you say anything about spending money for new equipment, if you’re a professional, it’s a business expense. Write it off.

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      • TaK

        02/04/2016 at 7:42 pm

        Sounds like Xdetlanx is very tiny if he think a 17″ is too big. People use to walk around with suitcases, a laptop up to 20″ is still a portable device; at least for full grown adults.

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  28. Chris Tucci

    01/14/2016 at 5:23 am

    I meant USB C isn’t the solution for everyone.

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  29. Gina kim

    01/31/2016 at 7:33 am

    After reading the entire comment section, I’m probably gonna upgrade my 2012 rMBP to the discounted new unopened maxed out $2000 ( as of Jan 31) 2015 rMBP on eBay. This is getting rediculous I’m not ready to shell out ~2800 for a laptop just because they made upgrading impossible.

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  30. Dabo

    02/16/2016 at 7:56 pm

    See, this right here is why I kill niggers.

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  32. Salo A

    02/17/2016 at 2:46 pm

    Just get a thunderbolt docking station like the Berlin and problem solved :D

    I like my 2 cable set up. Power and thunderbolt. Everything else is connected to the docking station.

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  33. Brendan Reilly

    02/18/2016 at 10:21 am

    They need to stop making them thinner they have terrible performance. Don’t need a gimped video card in a 3000 dollar machine.

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  34. joeltxbx

    02/24/2016 at 8:50 pm

    It’s most likely going to have 2 usb 3.1 type C connectors…and probably a usb type A, for legacy support. I’m not sure why everyone is bitching. It’s a laptop first and foremost. If you want to use it as a desktop replacement, buy a docking station.

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  35. Henry Garrett

    03/05/2016 at 7:02 am

    I really look forward to having USB-C ports, but I’d still prefer to have at least one USB 3 and ThunderBolt as well as the current power port. If this iteration doesn’t have USB-C, I’ll be waiting to buy until it does since I see USB-C as the immediate future of the device world. As with some of the earlier comments, I connect to server side applications for work. I still like the ability to do amateur audio and video stuff.

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  36. Don

    03/05/2016 at 10:40 pm

    Respectfully, I think many of the complainers are missing the point of the MacBook. It is NOT intended to be a professional graphics/3-D rendering/auto cad machine. It is meant as an ultra portable, ultra thin laptop. It fits this category beautifully. I own it and love it. I previously owned a MBPr 13″ and loved it but wanted something thinner and lighter. The MacBook fit the bill. I still use PhotoShop and In Design and barely notice any difference in performance. The specs don’t always tell the whole story. I rarely use peripherals even when I owned the MacBook Pro Retina. The average user rarely uses the ports. Most have wireless printers now so don’t need to plug in a printer. So Apple is in line with its users. The MacBook Pro Retina has all the ports one would need or use including professionals. We shouldn’t knock a product just because it doesn’t fit our personal needs. All of Apple’s products fit the needs of those particular users who buy them. I agree with a previous post stating that an external monitor and Thunderbolt hub would solve the needs for those needing desktop connectivity, but portable usage when away from the office/home office.

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  37. Josh

    03/07/2016 at 3:02 pm

    There was once an uproar when we removed floppy discs.
    And again when the CD-ROM was made obsolete.

    Granted apple appear to be ahead of the curve here but upgrading the USB, but this is nothing new.
    Adapters will be abundant of course, and given the already high price point I don’t see consumers shying away from an extra 30 dollars.

    When USB-C becomes the norm we will wonder why other computers haven’t upgraded yet.

    Being the first often comes with criticism, and perhaps it is too soon for a fully committed MacBook Pro, but you can’t doubt that inevitably USB-C, being the faster and more efficient technology it is, will eventually supersede the USB 3 and systems without this capacity will suffer.

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  38. Another Don

    03/12/2016 at 8:08 pm

    Don,
    Talk about the macbook or the macbook air.
    ***The macbook Pro IS intended to be a professional graphics/3-D rendering/auto cad machine.***

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  39. Rob

    03/21/2016 at 8:21 am

    There is a reason it WAS called PRO. For users other then fanboys going to starbucks and fiddling with there 13″ toys. Little by little apple (while apple grew of the backs of pro users) is making everything more of an appliance rather then a tool. Removing the access door for upgrading the ram & hard drive. Soldering in the ram, glueing in the battery and removing more port so they can what, claim to be the lightest?

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  40. kyracos

    04/15/2016 at 1:15 am

    we need a 17″ macbook pro

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    • TaK

      04/15/2016 at 1:40 am

      Hear hear!
      The 15″ is too small. It’s an achievement of 15 years ago with the titanium.
      The laptops are so neglected it’s shocking. The company moves as slow now as Tim Cook talks.

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  41. Gunman

    04/20/2016 at 1:48 pm

    Get a 2015 model or wait for the 2016? As far as Apple totally forgetting about the pros, I fully agree. Why not build a product that is upgradeable? Because they’re greedy for money. Some of us have no choice as Windows does not run Logic. Catch 22…

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  42. VentureCuba

    04/22/2016 at 5:30 pm

    Please 32 GB and 5 TB. My Late 2013 16/1 is running out of speed and space. Heavy video editing and uploading 24/7. Need lots of ports please.

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  43. Sam

    04/27/2016 at 7:20 am

    I just picked up a retina yesterday after having my 2006 white MacBook for ten years as the original owner… USB-C or not I’m looking forward to another ten with this machine… And let’s keep that in mind everyone…. THEY ARE MACHINES. No need to argue! Everyone is always going to require a different computing experience; from what I can see the new USB-C Macs are like the testing grounds for for new I/O and I’ll admit they look sleek and stylish with their one-port whatnot. I personally plug into stuff all day and make videos for my campus so I got the MacBook Pro; but if I just needed a computer that I used to keep in touch socially, do some office work on and maybe connect my little Nikon to it for 5 seconds I would have that sleek space gray envelope in my backpack. Just remember a Prius buyer and a Jeep Wrangler buyer probably won’t go to the same dealership! One wants 10000000000MPG and the latter wants to be able to drive over boulders. Just be happy with what you got and don’t let Apple make you feel like your machine is obsolete because they threw in an extra hole in the casing of the newer models. :-)

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  44. Ali Hashemi

    05/11/2016 at 12:54 pm

    I actually think getting rid of ports is a good thing. The less unnecessary ports the better, all these unused black holes on the MacBook could spontaneously turn into actual black wholes and next thing you know, all the matter that composes you and your surroundings is trapped inside your MacBook. In fact lets not have any ports at all, then there should be a 0% chance of spontaneous black whole formation. Unless of course the computer gets a dent that over time weathers down enough to turn into a black whole. You know what? Let’s not even have a MacBook at all, that way there is truly an absolute zero possibility of a black whole forming, plus the added benefit of a more portable product. I’d gladly pick one up at my nearest Apple Store (30+ miles away) for a nice reasonable price tag of $4500, my soul, and my left kidney. Good job Apple, keep up the innovative designs!

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