Apple MacBook Pro 2016: 8 things you need to know

4) …But it’s thinner and lighter

Apple just loves to progressively make its products skinnier and smaller, and that's happened here. Compared to the previous generation, the 13in and 15in MacBook Pros are 17 percent and 14 percent thinner, and weigh just 1.37kg and 1.83kg respectively.

In fact, the 13in model is thinner and smaller than a current 13in MacBook Air, while weighing almost exactly the same. So if you're wondering why Apple hasn't updated the Air in a while, it's probably because it's going to phase it out in favour of the 13in MacBook Pro and 12in MacBook.

The MacBook Pro now comes in two colour options too: Silver or Space Grey. And the light-up Apple logo on the back of the screen has been replaced by a solid black one!

5) It's got new, powerful innards

The 15in MacBook Pro will still be the model for performance fiends, with its base model featuring a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and Radeon Pro 450 GPU with 2GB of VRAM. Configure it up to its top spec and those rise to a 2.9GHz CPU, 2TB SSD and Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB of VRAM. You can't increase the RAM to 32GB, however, which might cause some consternation.

The 13in model also comes in a variety of options, but somewhat confusing also comes in two different designs: an entry-level model with two USB-C ports and no Touch Bar/Touch ID, that starts with a 2.0GHz dual-core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and Intel Iris 540 graphics; and a model with four USB-C ports, a Touch Bar/Touch ID that starts with a 2.9GHz dual-core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and Intel Iris 550 graphics.

All the new models, no matter the size, offer up to 10 hours of battery life.

6) It’s got simplified connectivity

While the previous generation of MacBook Pros had a wide variety of ports – USB, HDMI, FireWire, power, headphone – the new models have shaved that down to just two types: a single 3.5mm headphone jack (thank you for not removing this, Apple!) and either two or four USB-C connectors, which handle everything else. While the MacBook’s single USB-C port made an expansion hub almost a necessity, we think four ports is much more sensible - and any of these can handle the following functions: power, USB, ThunderBolt, DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA. So, with adapters, there's plenty of flexibility.

We’ll miss the MagSafe power adapter though - arguably one of Apple’s greatest ever innovations. And the lack of an SD card slot is sure to irritate photographers. And while we're moaning, it's bit strange that Apple's new laptops can't connect to Apple's new iPhones without an additional adapter - but this is the world we live in, folks...

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