The 2016 MacBook Pro has certainly proven to be one of Apple’s more polarizing products, with split views on everything from the all-USB-C ports to the low-travel keyboard. There have been debates about the sleek form-factor versus battery life, and whether the Touch Bar is a genuinely useful innovation or a pointless gimmick – and of course much discussion about price.
I’ve of course been sharing my own thoughts, as have my colleagues, but now that many of you have finally received your shiny new machines, we thought it would be a good time to poll owners and refuseniks alike to see what you consider to be the new machine’s best and worst features …
There are some feature I would expect to be universally positive, such as the really huge trackpad and greatly-improved screen, and I don’t imagine anyone loves the price, but on the Internet, who knows … so all features can be selected for either love or hate categories.
You can, of course, participate in both polls if there are some features you love and others you hate.
Please also let us know in the comments whether or not you are buying one this time around, and the key factors that influenced your decision.
If you need a reminder of the specs, the 15-inch model is available in two standard specs: a 2.6GHz Core i7 processor, Radeon Pro 450 GPU and 256GB PCIe SSD, and a 2.7GHz Core i7 processor with Radeon 455 GPU and 512GB PCIe SSD. This can be maxed-out with a build-to-order 2.9GHz i7 CPU, Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB memory and 2TB PCIe SSD. All models have 16GB RAM and four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Pricing starts at $2399.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is also available in two models: a 2.9GHz Core i5 CPU, Intel Iris 550 GPU and 256GB PCIe SSD, and a 2.9GHz Core i5 SSD, the same Intel Iris 550 GPU and 512GB PCIe SSD. Both models have 8GB RAM. The maxed-out version offers a 3.3GHz i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and 1TB PCIe SSD, but there’s no option for a discrete GPU. All models have four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Pricing starts at $1799.
Additionally, Apple launched a new 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar, with a 2GHz i5 CPU, Intel Iris 540 GPU, 256GB PCIe SSD and just two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Please note that Polldaddy polls don’t show percentages in a very helpful way when you can select multiple options, so the polls should be viewed as rankings only.