15" MacBook Pro nTB vs TB differences?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by maf2k8, Jan 21, 2017.

  1. maf2k8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    looking to purchase a new 2016 MBP and on the website they offer 2 models, one with touch bar and one without. The only differences I can see is the non touch bar only has 2 TB ports . Slower ram and only offers integrated graphics.. are these the only differences between the 2 models?

    Are speeds, cpus and battery the same on both models?

    Also if I did go with the touch bar , I mainly use FCPX and edit videos for YouTube.(1080p) Would I really benefit from the 2gb graphics card?
  2. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2010
    There is no 15" without a touchbar, for one.
  3. wittyphrase macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2017
    New York
    You can't get 15" without a touchbar. That's 13" only. If you look at the tech specs on the site, you can see the difference in CPUs, RAM, etc. if you switch between 13 and 15 inch models.
  4. maf2k8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    When I click on the 15" tab it shows 3 models. Base price for the nTB is 1,999.00 2.2ghz i7
  5. swingandamiss macrumors member


    Nov 22, 2016
    On Apple's site? There should only be one 15" model starting at $2399.
  6. maf2k8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    On apples sire. 1,999. 2399 and 2799.
  7. swingandamiss macrumors member


    Nov 22, 2016
    What region are you in? Regardless I'd get the one with the touch bar.
  8. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    The one without the touchbar is probably the 2015 model, which Apple are still selling. 2.2GHz, 16GB 1600MHz RAM, Iris Pro graphics? If that's the configuration, that's the previous gen.

    They're still very capable machines. However with your usage I would be tempted to get the model with the touchbar and BTO the discreet graphics to 4GB – it's not much more costly to upgrade.

    The main difference between the two are the ports. The touchbar model uses USB-C/TB3 only. The legacy 15" (2015 model) has a slew of different ports The new model has much more graphics power. Other than that, CPU power is pretty similar, as is battery life.

    Regardless, any 15" Mac you buy from Apple will likely be able to handle anything you can throw at them, whether it's the previous gen or not. They're really great machines.
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Yep, legacy model.

    If it gets replaced next refresh with a new nTB model, it'll likely still be around for a couple/few mores years with them removing the option for custom configuration.

    Purely sitting around for the benefit of those that need the old ports.

    Sort of what Apple did with the legacy 13" model, that stayed around forever with a optical drive and old ports.
  10. maf2k8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    I thought it was a previous model also but it only has 2 thunderbolt ports.. The previous models offered all the extra ports like USB and HDMI, This one shows only 2 thunderbolt ports and thats it? So what I am trying to understand, Is this the same model as the Touch Bar? just without the Touch Bar?
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  11. MrGuder macrumors 68020

    Nov 30, 2012
    ^^It says 2 thunderbolt ports in the description but it also has the HDMI and the USB there just not listing it right there. This is also the 2015 model for $1999.00 no touch bar.
  12. maf2k8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    Ok so this is the 2015 model then? The fact it said, 2 thunderbolt ports made me believe it was a 2016 model without touch. I searched online and couldn't find any info that why I was so confused..


  13. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    Get the tb for scrubbing video for sure.
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    Thunderbolt is available in both USB-A and USB-C. Not all USB-C are necessarily Thunderbolt. Although they are on the Pros.
  14. macintoshmac macrumors 68030


    May 13, 2010
    Thunderbolt ports and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Difference.
  15. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    Two Thunderbolt 2 ports. The 2016 models have Thunderbolt 3 ports.

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