Video: Apple’s 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar) vs. 2015 13-inch MacBook Air

With the launch of its new 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, and subsequent 11-inch MacBook Air discontinuation, Apple appears to be drawing down the thin-and-light series in favor of more affordable pro laptops.

To see how this plays out in real life, AppleInsider has pitted the new entry-level MacBook Pro against 2015’s 13-inch MacBook Air.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The new 13-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) is really tempting us want to break our “lightest and smallest for the road” rule.

6 Comments

  1. The problem with Apple products is that they hold up too darn well. I simply can’t justify a new MacBook Pro since my maxed out early 2011 13″ model works so well for my current needs. Heck, I used my 14″ iBook for over nine years and it still works fine within its’ parameters. But I sure would like one of those Touch Bar babies. 😔

  2. Consumers would be better off with 2015 and older Macbook Pros. The speed bumps in the new models aren’t significant enough to justify what you LOSE in usability/expandability.

    1. All the early reports and also bare specs point to the contrary. You’re not going to get a better experience buying older models. You will pay slightly less for something less. USB C might take a bit longer to be everywhere so until then docks and dongles will have to do. Still USB C is very cool. Apple leads the way here again.

    2. Four USB ports on the touch bar model is hugely useable and expandable going down the road, and by not picking a proprietary port (they should have dumped the lightning port on the phones too to bring everything together – including their new earbuds), the USB C peripherals market is going to take off like wildfire compared to Firewire and others, where that never happened.

      Most “pro-ish” users will go for the touch bar I’m sure, and for most users the two ports on the entry model will likely do – or there’s always a port expander that will let you undock from everything with a single cable disconnect.

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