Apple is just two days away from announcing the 2016 MacBook Pro, and I couldn’t be more excited. The 2012 MacBook Pro Retina was the most reliable laptop I have ever owned. I used it for three years as my main laptop before selling it and buying the Dell XPS 13. I love my Dell, but am seriously considering buying the 13-inch version of the new MacBook Pro.
A new OLED touch panel pictured above will allow you to do certain tasks like use Apple Pay, open Spotify, interact with different programs, etc. The panel appears to replace all the Function keys. It remains to be seen how useful the panel is, but at least it looks futuristic.
The 2016 MacBook Pro also appears to be thinner than the MacBook Pro and comes with a different keyboard, which could be a disappointment. I think the current MacBook Pro has the best keyboard out there. But since Apple wanted to make the Pro thinner, they have to make some sacrifices. They are putting on the same thinner butterfly keys that you see on the MacBook.
The butterfly-shaped keys don’t have much travel and take time to get used to. But the keyboard works very well once you get used to it. If you are a hard presser, your finger joints will hurt more than they did with the regular MacBook Pro keyboard. This keyboard should — in no way — be a deal breaker. Whether you like it or not, many laptop makers, including Dell, are producing keyboards with thinner keys in order to make lighter and more portable devices.
It looks like Apple has replaced all the regular USB ports with USB-C ports. This is the direction the industry is going in, even though it may be inconvenient to buy USB adapters for your devices. The HDMI port, MagSafe port, and SD card slot are also being eliminated.
One thing that isn’t clear yet is the screen resolution. The 13-inch Pro Retina has a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution scree, and the 15-inch Pro Retina has a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution screen. Many rumors point to both 2016 screens being the same. However, Apple will likely replace the current panels with their new Wide Color displays. The iPhone 7 Plus screen, even though it hasn’t changed its resolution in 2016, looks noticeably better with the Wide Color display, so screen resolution isn’t everything.
Usually, Apple notebooks hit stores within a day or two after they are announced. You can expect to see lines for the new MacBook Pro, even though every version of it costs well over $1200.