Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch with touch bar in the test: Ingenious super computer!

We put the Redesign MacBook Pro to the acid test!

The new MacBook Pro 15 inch with touch bar in the test: What can Apple's new supercomputer? Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer macbook per 15 inch with touch bar and touch id i7 2,7 ghz 16gb ddr3 512 gb ssd
The new MacBook Pro 15 inch with touch bar in the test: What can Apple's new supercomputer? Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer

The new MacBook Pro 15 inch with Touch Bar is finally available in our preferred Apple Store at the Jungfernstieg in Hamburg just over a month after the launch in late October. We were able to secure a copy and have the new device first put through its paces. How is the MacBook Pro 15 inch with touchbar in the endurance test?

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We have waited so long: The new MacBook Pro 2016 15 inch with touch bar is finally here! If one of your colleagues asked you to buy a new Mac a year ago, we warned him: Wait a minute, there'll be something new coming soon! And at the end of october something finally came. The new one MacBook Pro 2016 in the 13 Customs and 15 Customs version was unveiled. The top models with the so-called Touch Bar and Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor.


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Since the presentation at the end of October, we have been waiting in vain to secure a copy. The delivery times have jumped right up and who is up to date MacBook Pro 2016 15 orders inches with Touch Bar, has to wait until January for delivery. We had luck on Friday: For a very short time, the new super notebook was in on Friday morning Apple Store at Hamburger Jungfernstieg available - and we have secured one!

New besides old: The MacBook Pro 2016 15 inch with Touch Bar and Touch ID has not only evolved in the color Space Gray. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer
New besides old: The MacBook Pro 2016 15 inch with Touch Bar and Touch ID has not only evolved in the color Space Gray. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer

MacBook Pro 2016 15 Inch with Touch Bar in the test: Unboxing and unfolding

Finally we hold it in our hands: the box from the new MacBook. It's again Apple-typical chic and minimalist design, but has changed: the box looks like the iPad Pro now and once you have taken off the top, lug you already a brand new MacBook Pro 2016 15 inch with Touch Bar contrary. Since every Apple fan is the heart. We take the fresh new MacBook Pro out of the box and in principle it starts immediately Apple Show: The new high-tech notebook is fantastic in the hand, looks much thinner and lighter.

Video: Unboxing the new MacBook Pro 2016 15 inch with touch bar


And in the new color Space Gray, the new looks MacBook Pro 2016 15 inch with touch bar really elegant. The first impression of the new MacBook Pro triggers enthusiasm! First and foremost we notice the lack of connections: a treat for minimalists, which is disturbed only by the presence of the jack headphone jack. Otherwise, the MacBook Pro 2016 15 Inch Touch Bar has four Thunderbolt 3 ports in the form of USB C plugs, This is a good thing and we are looking forward to hoping to have only USB C devices that automatically fit into the slots.

Power on and set up: MacBook Pro 2016 15 inch with touch bar in the test

We can not wait to get the brand new MacBook Pro 2016 15 inch touch bar finally turned on. The device is fortunately already ex works fully charged and ready to start. It opens the usual macOS start screen, where you can configure the personal account with language settings and iCloud login. From the very first second on, the new glowing Touch Bar will be added and will delight the mind. The operation of the touch bar is intuitive and requires no explanation of the standard symbols displayed on the illuminated LED bar. Loud and Quieter, Brighter and Darker, Siri and some other choices are among them. Among other things, including the Escape key to which was anticipated in the lead that Apple would have made it completely in the new MacBook Pro 2016 15 inch with Touch Bar. A nice feature is that you can individually book the touch bar directly. This ensures that some shortcuts are quickly available. It is noticeable that the touch ID key was kept separate from the rest of the touch bar. In daylight you can see the difference quite clearly. Thus, next to the luminous bar is still a button that serves as a fingerprint sensor and at the same time to turn off and on. This was not necessarily seen on photos before and even after several days of daily use still a bit ugly, as the button stands out clearly.

Large Track Pad: With the new MacBook Pro 2016, the input device has become much larger. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer
Large Track Pad: With the new MacBook Pro 2016, the input device has become much larger. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer

Basically, the MacBook Pro 2016 15 inch touch bar is not that different from its predecessor

The new MacBook Pro 2016 15 Inch with Touch Bar and Touch ID is the most advanced notebook from Apple, since its predecessor in the year 2012 has appeared. Nevertheless, the evolution of notebooks is progressing slowly and at least as far as the visible details of the MacBook Pro Late 2016 are concerned, the list of innovations is really not overly long. The notebook has become thinner, is now also available in the chic Space Gray, has the touch bar and right next to the Touch ID button. These are really useful innovations, but they are not a revolution. The keyboard has really become very crisp and if you write longer texts on it (like this one), it is energy efficient and pleasant for the fingers. In fact, texts can be typed faster. Also, the track pad of the new MacBook Pro has become a whole corner bigger. That's it but then with the external innovations.

New MacBook Pro 2016 models with Intel Skylake processors

Also for the inner life the new MacBook Pro you need a trained look to appreciate the improvements: Inside is now a new Intel processor installed, which is in this case an i7 of the Skylake generation. The RAM memory and the SSD hard drive are the same in my notebook configuration like my predecessor MacBook Pro: 16 GB RAM Memory and 512 GB SSD Hard Disk. This has not changed in the last four years. Nevertheless, Apple indicates that the transmission performance of the hardware has improved significantly. For a horrendous surcharge you can update the current model to a terabyte of storage space and also the primary graphics card can be ordered instead of 2 GB RAM with 4 GB. For ordinary users who surf, write and edit photos, the difference in performance is virtually unnoticeable. But with the professional photo and video rendering processes you realize a huge difference! Here's the new MacBook Pro really a hit! In addition, it is positive to note that the retina display The MacBook Pro 2016 15 Inch with Touch Bar and Touch ID has become even brighter. The distance of the display to the edge has decreased significantly. In addition, the appearance of the colors is even more differentiated.

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About Sascha Tobias Tegtmeyer 95 Article
As a journalist, passionate diver and ambitious stand up paddler, I've become more and more specialized in water sports topics. For several years as an online editor, content and SEO manager for the year Top Special Verlag in Hamburg, I edited the leading diving portal TAUCHEN.de editorially and am at home in the water sports industry. My passion is the sea and all the activities that can be practiced on, in, on and under water. To give this child a name, I created www.just-wanderlust.com - for all people who love the sea - love to travel and water sports like diving, surfing, stand up paddling.