So, the Apple event is scheduled tomorrow, or today by the time you’re reading this. Anyways, it is scheduled on 27th October, especially for launch of new Macs. The event will likely launch new iMacs, the MacBook 2016 and the MacBook Pro 2016. There is no news of a MacBook Air until now. But what I am most excited about is the new MacBook Pro. Until now, we’ve only had small improvements in speed, or updated features, but not this time. There is a whole new MacBook Pro in the works! With the newest of features, a new design, newest OS, etc. Will it be worth the price, though? Well, let’s find out in Is the 2016 13″ MacBook Pro OLED worth the money?
So, with this, the event is sure to be going for the big reveal. Of course, we already know most of what the big reveal is going to be, particularly, about the MacBook Pro. Thanks to the leaks and rumors, of course! So, the MacBook Pro 2016 is coming out in two models: a 13″ model and a 15″ one. I’m more interested in the smaller one. Well, it’s small & compact, lighter, and well, I just happen to like it more. And I guess so do you. Even with these whole new redesigned MacBooks, the price should stay similar, if not identical, i.e the price for the current models. If it does, well, that’s just great! What has the new 13″ MacBook Pro 2016 got in store for us and will it be worth buying? Read on Is the 2016 13″ MacBook Pro OLED worth the money? to find out.
2016 13″ MacBook Pro OLED: Design
According to all the rumors, the new MacBook Pro will share it’s design more with the MacBook than the previous MacBook Pro. Trusted analysts have said that this time around, we can expect a slimmer/ thinner MacBook, Apple is going for making the slimmest device ever, so, it could start with this MacBook Pro.
For this, there will be substantial changes in the physical body. All the ports have been replaced by USB Type-C ports which serves as a type of convenience as well. Since Apple isn’t too sentimental about removing things, the USB ports, microSD card slot, MagSafe ports and the Thunderbolt ports are all going. I guess, it’ll still feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack, at least according to the leaked images from Cult of Mac. For everything else, there’s going to be 4 USB-C ports integrated with Thunderbolt and others too. So, now you can use the USB-C ports for all things necessary.
Also, according to these images, there is an OLED touch panel to replace the physical Function Keys on the 13″ MacBook Pro. This has led to relocation of the Speakers from the back of the device to the sides of the keyboard. As you can see, there are Speaker Grills on either side of the keyboard, making for a better audio, too. Also, there is going to be a Power Button right beside the OLED Touch Bar integrated with a Touch ID function. The new 13″ MacBook Pro OLED models will also have a larger trackpad with ForceTouch technology.
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2016 13″ MacBook Pro OLED: Features
With the new 13″ MacBook Pro OLED, it’s not only the design that’s changing. It will be integrated with many new awesome features. It will likely appear with the new Intel Skylake or Kaby Lake processors and new GPU options. Of course, it will arrive with an all-in-one USB-C ports, but they’ll have something extra to offer.
These USB-C ports will be USB 3.1 Gen 2, making them much faster than any other USB-C ports. Rumors indicate that they can support upto 10 Gbps data transfer speed. If this proves to be true, the new 13″ MacBook Pro OLED will be able to power dual 4K displays over a USB-C cable. The OLED Touch Bar will allow us to be more interactive with the MacBook Pro with a set of customizable software keys that can be adapted according to the needs of the individual apps. Also, the Touch ID that will be available in the new MacBook Pros will allow users to login and authenticate purchases as well as secure documents and passwords. It is supposed to work just like that on the iPhones, but it might not be as developed.
2016 13″ MacBook Pro OLED: Specs and Software
Here are the list of specs we’re going or likely to see on the new 2016 13″ MacBook Pro OLED:
- Intel Skylake or Kaby Lake Processors
- Four USB-C Ports, USB 3.1 Gen 2
- 8 GB and 16 GB RAM Options
- OLED Touch Panel (replacement for Function keys)
- Touch ID power button
- 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB SSD options
The new 13″ MacBook Pro also boasts an increased battery life, which is probably more to do with the software upgrade. This device will be using the latest of the MacOS, which is in the improvement stage, apparently. It is also plausible because a new OS is necessary to accumulate all these hardware changes. So, the 2016 13″ MacBook Pro OLED will come with macOS Sierra 10.12.1. This OS upgrade should support all the new features like Touch ID, the OLED Touch Panel and the integrated USB-C ports.
2016 13″ MacBook Pro OLED: Conclusion
So, we’re seeing all this amazing stuff on the upcoming 13″ MacBook Pro OLED. Yes, I know what is on your mind. Price? Logically, anyone would think after all this re-designed stuff and new added features, the price will increase. Yes, it is likely. But some rumors also suggest that since Apple is cutting out the MacBook Air, the entry-level 13″ MacBook Pro OLED will have a very appealing price. Therefore, it might not necessarily see any increment in price, i.e. they are most likely to be sold for the price of the present models.
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So, is the new 2016 13″ MacBook Pro OLED worth the price? At present the 13″ MacBook Pro is at $1300, so, guess the new 13″ MacBook Pro will have similar, if not identical price tag. If it does really have a similar price tag, I’d say it would be one of the best deals you’d get. I mean, for nearly around the price of a current MacBook Pro, you’re getting something entirely re-designed! Therefore, Is the 2016 13″ MacBook Pro OLED worth the money? Definitely!
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