Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)

The Good The inventive Touch Bar streamlines work and saves clicks, and Apple has improved almost every part of the thinner, lighter MacBook Pro, including a larger touchpad, faster components and a flatter keyboard. iPhone's Touch ID is handy on the Mac, too.

The Bad You're paying a hefty premium for the Touch Bar, which supports only a limited handful of Apple apps for now. The USB-C-only ports mean carrying a bag full of dongles. The lack of high-end graphics or huge RAM options in the 13-inch model may frustrate photo and video professionals.

The Bottom Line Apple's smart, useful Touch Bar makes it well worth splurging on the step-up version of the streamlined 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 9.0
8.6 Overall

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Review

Second-screen dream machine

Editors' note, June 8, 2017: At this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple gave its laptop line a modest makeover with some updated components -- faster, more powerful Intel processors across the board, and more robust graphics chips for the MacBook Pros. Otherwise, aside from a RAM bump here and a slight price drop there, the 2017 Apple laptops (MacBook and MacBook Pro) are very similar to their 2016 predecessors, with the same enclosures, ports, trackpads and screens (see a full listing of changes and additions). Note that the 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2015 has been discontinued, though the 15-inch model of that vintage remains available for those who want full-size USB ports.

The Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016) review, published in November 2016, follows.

Apple's taking big swings with the new MacBook Pro. Some land square, some miss their mark. Altogether, this is a beautiful, powerful machine that almost everyone will want, but consider the trade-offs carefully.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Apple
  • Type Core i5
  • Installed Size 8 GB
  • Edition OS X 10.12 Sierra
  • Capacity 256 GB
  • Diagonal Size 13.3 in
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model 13-inch, space gray, 2016

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