13″ MacBook Pro (Late 2016)

After a year and a half, Apple has finally updated the 13″ MacBook Pro, dropping “with Retina Display” from its name and finally discontinuing the last non-Retina 13″ MacBook Pro, which has been with us since April 2012.

13-inch MacBook Pro, Late 2016

There are now two 13″ MacBook Pro models in the line, which is bound to add some confusion among buyers. The entry-level model does not have the new Touch Bar that is found on the higher-end 13″ MacBook Pro and the new 15″ MacBook Pro.

There are enough differences between the two 13″ MacBook Pro models that we have created separate pages for each. This page covers the version with tradition function keys, not the one with the Touch Bar.

Slower or Faster?

Compared to the Early 2015″ Retina model, the new model appears to have a much less powerful dual-core i5 CPU with a nominal 2.0 GHz clock speed vs. 2.7 GHz for its predecessor. However, when it comes to Turbo Boost, both the Early 2015 and Late 2016 models achieve 3.1 GHz, and the new 13″ MacBook Pro has a larger (4 MB) L3 cache, so you’d expect the new model to hold its own.

13-inch MacBook Pro, Late 2016

The “better” version now includes a 2.4 GHz dual-core i7 capable of 3.4 GHz with Turbo Boost, which compares favorably with the 2.9 GHz i5 topping out at 3.3 GHz in the previous “better” 13-incher.

Keep in mind that the Late 2016 model uses Intel’s newer Skylake architecture, and very early Geekbench score postings show the following results:

  • 2.0 GHz i5, 3577 single-core, 6976 multi-core

The new 2.0 GHz i5 outperforms the 2.7 GHz entry-level Early 2015 13-incher, which scores 3436 on single-core and 6490 on multi-core benchmarks. For those on a budget, the remaining inventory of 2.7 GHz Early 2015 13-inchers is available while inventory lasts at $200 less than the new entry-level model.

We do not yet have benchmark results for the 2.4 GHz version.

Other Features

The biggest change in the new MacBook Pro models it the elimination of almost all legacy ports. There is no MagSafe, no SD card slot, and no traditional style USB port. Instead this marks Apple’s migration to 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 and 10 Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 using the USB-C connector introduced with the 12″ MacBook in March 2015.

ports on 1-inch MacBook Pro, Late 2016

One difference between this 13″ MacBook Pro and the model with the Touch Bar is that is one has two USB-C ports while the Touch Bar versions has four (two on each side).

Unlike the iPhone 7, the new MacBook Pro models retain the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

Finally, the new MacBook Pro comes in either silver or space gray.

Battery life is claimed to be 10 hours of wireless productivity.

This model ships with macOS 10.12 Sierra and supports all later versions, which are free updates.

Closed Lid Mode: All Intel ‘Books support “lid closed” (or clamshell) mode, which leaves the built-in display off and dedicates all video RAM to an external display. To used closed lid mode, your ‘Book must be plugged into the AC adapter and connected to an external display and a USB or Bluetooth mouse and keyboard (you might also want to consider external speakers). Power up your ‘Book until the desktop appears on the external display and then close the lid. Your ‘Book will go to sleep, but you can wake it by moving the mouse or using the keyboard. The built-in display will remain off, and the external monitor will become your only display.

To resume use of the internal display, you need to disconnect the external display, put the computer to sleep, and then open the lid. This will wake up your ‘Book and restore use of the built-in display.

Details

  • introduced 2016.10.27 at US$1,499 (2.0 GHz Skylake dual-core i5, 256 GB SSD). 2.4 GHz dual-core i7 available as a $300 build-to-order option
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  • Model no.:
  • Identifier: MacBook13,1

Mac OS

Core System

  • CPU: 2.0 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-6360U (3.1 GHz Turbo Boost), 2.4 GHz dual-core i7 (3.4 GHz Turbo Boost) build-to-order option
  • Level 3 cache: 4 MB shared cache
  • Bus: 1866 MHz
  • RAM: 8 or 16 GB from factory, no future upgrades
  • Performance, Geekbench 4
    • 2.0 GHz: 3577 single-core, 6976 multi-core
    • 2.4 GHz: unknown

Video

  • GPU: Intel Iris Graphics 540
  • VRAM: uses 1 GB of system RAM
  • Video out: Thunderbolt (VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort supported with optional adapters)
    • resolution to 5120 x 2880 on a single display
    • resolution to 4096 x 2304 on two displays
  • display: 13.3″ glossy 2560 x 1600 227 ppi LED-backlit with IPS and “millions of colors”
    • supports 2560 x 1600, 1680 x 1050, 1440 x 900, and 1024 x 640
    • allows mirroring to external display or extended desktop mode

Drives

  • Hard drive: 256 GB, 512 GB, or 1 TB SSD
  • optical drive: external only
  • drive bus: PCIe 2.0 x2 (over 700 MBps real world read and write speeds – 200-300 MBps faster than SATA Rev. 3)

Expansion

  • Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C: 2 ports
  • USB: 2 USB-C ports
  • FireWire 400: via Thunderbolt adapter
  • FireWire 800: via Thunderbolt adapter
  • Ethernet: via Thunderbolt adapter
  • WiFi: 802.11ac
  • Modem: no longer offered by Apple
  • Bluetooth: BT 4.2 built in
  • ExpressCard/34: none
  • SD Card Slot: none
  • expansion bays: none

Power

  • battery: 54.5 Watt-hour
  • AC adapter: 61W USB-C Power Adapter

Physical

  • size: 8.36 x 11.97 x 0.59″ (212.4 x 304.1 x 14.9 mm)
  • Weight: 3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)

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