13 inch mbpr 2015/2016?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Lamp111, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. Lamp111 macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2014
    Hi all.

    I am looking for a replacement for my current 13 inch model.

    But I am having a hard time to deside which model

    The pro's for the2015 model are

    - Faster prosessor. 2,7 vs 2.0 on the 2016 model.
    - USB 3
    - Magsafe

    The pro's for the 2016 are

    - Better screen
    - Faster Sdd

    I use Lightroom a lot.

    The questions I have are the following

    1. Looking at the cpu. Will the 2015 model be a lot faster?
    2. Is the screen really that much better on the 2016 model?
    3. Is 8 Gb ram enough or Is 16 gb better ( and then spend a bit extra and get the 15 inch model from 2015?)

    Where I live the 2016 Gets a discount of €50. So when I upgrade the sdd in the 2015 model that will be more expensive
  2. Tazoawake2016 macrumors member


    Apr 13, 2016
    Deep Space 9

    1. The 2016 model has the 6th gen. CPU whereas the 2015 model has the 5th gen. CPU. Tests have shown the 2016 model to be slightly faster despite having a lower clock frequency. You can see their Geekbench scores here:


    2. Specs-wise, yes. The 2016 screen is brighter (500 nits vs 300 nits) and more colorful (Wide color gamut vs Standard color gamut). That said, it's best to compare the models in a store and decide if the improvement is worth the extra money.

    You may want to read views from knowledgeable members on this thread as well:

  3. tryrtryrtryrt Suspended

    Sep 10, 2016
    I think you've missed following piece of information.

    MBA has 15Watt CPU.
    MBP'15 and earlier model lines consisted of 13" having 28W CPU and 15" having 45W CPU.
    MBP'16 model line got a little more complex: 13" without TouchBar has 15W CPU (like MBA but new generation), 13" with TB has 28W CPU, 15" has 45W CPU.

    You're clearly comparing MBP'15 13" using 28W to MBP'16 13" without TB using 15W CPU. From computational standpoint this is similar to comparing MBP 13" to MBA 13". Hope this helps.

    Now to your points:
    - faster processor is because you're comparing apples to oranges; compare '15 13" and '16 with TB 13";
    - USB 3 is not a pro, it's just convenient; USB-C is still technologically much better; but dongles, yes;
    - better screen is barely noticeable for some and highly noticeable for others; I recommend going to the shop and seeing yourself; don't rely only on what people write;
    - SSD is indeed technically faster but you will not likely notice visible difference.

    For Lightroom I believe CPU and GPU performance matters the most. '16 13" is just incrementally better than '15 13" in this department (Skylake vs Broadwell). 15" is a much bigger difference (Skylake vs Haswell).

    1. '15 13" vs '16 13" without TB - yes. '15 13" vs '16 13" with TB - barely noticeable.
    2. Conflicting reports. Visit Apple store and see for yourself.
    3. 16GB is of course better but I don't think 8GB will bother you much.
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    That said I encourage you to tell exact configurations you're considering and full price they'd cost for you locally.
  4. Sanpete macrumors 68020

    Nov 17, 2016
    This is a good point, though not fully explained. The 2015 should be able to handle a heavier load without throttling (slowing down). This might come into play if you're using Lightroom to the point that it's maxing out your processor.

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