15in MacBook Pro (2017)
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Did you hear cries of regret in the background during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote? If you did, it was from those who bought a MacBook Pro in the past few weeks. You see, during WWDC, Apple revealed an upgrade to the MacBook Pro to replace the models that were released just last autumn.
Now, on the surface, the new MacBook Pro looks exactly the same, but all of the changes are
found under-the-hood via performance bumps. And our test results do show an expected increase in speed, but it’s not enough to induce serious buyer’s remorse in anyone who recently bought a MacBook Pro of the previous generation – though it may spark a bit of envy.
(This review covers Apple’s top-of-theline model, a 15in MacBook Pro with a 2.9GHz processor. This particular model sells for £2,699.)
The heart of the MacBook Pro is where you’ll find the major change. All MacBook Pro models now feature Intel’s Kaby Lake processors, which replace the Skylake processors found in the previous MacBook Pro. For this review, a Kaby Lake 2.9GHz quad-core Core i7 in the model I reviewed replaces a Skylake 2.7GHz quad-core Core i7.
Another major change is the graphics technology. The £2,699 model now has the Intel HD Graphics 630 instead of the Intel HD Graphics 530 as integrated graphics. The discrete highperformance graphics chip is now a 4GB Radeon Pro 560, which replaces a 4GB Radeon Pro 460.
What’s the same
Just about everything else about the MacBook Pro is the same as before. The aluminium unibody case design (available in Space Grey or Silver), the 15.4in display with a 2880x1800 native resolution and P3 colour gamut, the Thunderbolt 3 ports, and the Force Touch trackpad are unchanged.
Disappointingly, the MacBook Pro still supports a maximum of 16GB of RAM, which is what’s included in the £2,699 model. Apple uses LPDDR3 memory rated at a speed of 2133MHz, and in order for the MacBook Pro to support 32GB of RAM, Apple would have to use memory that needs more power, thereby affecting battery life.
It comes with a 512GB solid-state drive. Apple says that the performance of the SSD is 50 percent faster than the previous SSD. The speed increase comes from improvements in the SSD’s hardware controller.
Let’s touch on the Touch Bar
The Touch Bar made its debut on the MacBook Pro last autumn. Since it hasn’t changed, I’m not going to dive into what it is and how it works.
My personal experience with the Touch Bar? I don’t use it that much. I like using Touch ID to