2012-2015 screen vs. 2016-2019 screen - how noticeable is the P3 color and higher brightness?

collin_

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I'm pretty picky about displays. Is there a large noticeable difference? Technically the display in the 2016-2019 models should look identical to the iPhone XR's display aside from being a bit dimmer and with a lower DPI, and the XR's display looks almost OLED-quality to me.
 

theapplehead

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I'm pretty picky about displays. Is there a large noticeable difference? Technically the display in the 2016-2019 models should look identical to the iPhone XR's display aside from being a bit dimmer and with a lower DPI, and the XR's display looks almost OLED-quality to me.
I have both a Mid 2012 MBP and a 2019 MBP, and honestly it is hard for me to tell a significant difference when considering brightness levels. It is clear to see that the 2019 has a higher resolution display and its colors are more beautiful/accurate however the brightness is not as bright as I would’ve expected, YMMV
 

jerryk

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I found the difference to be pretty large. But to me the largest change is how the colors are render. They seem to be brighter and more lifelike. My 2015 15" MBP seemed dull in comparison.
 
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leman

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Very noticeable, IMO. But as with many thing, different people have different perception thresholds, so I can understand those who say they don’t see much change.

In practice, the newer MBPs are very useable outdoors since they have less glare and higher brightness. Something that’s impossible with earlier models.
 

firewire9000

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To me there’s a huge difference, not because the brightness which is very good in the old retina but because the colors and the contrast. Don’t forget the ani-glare which is noticeable better in the newer ones.
 
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MrGunnyPT

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There's a huge difference if you ever worked on a well calibrated monitor... Even if you never seen a well calibrated one you will notice how colours don't seem so saturated and vivid but quite realistic.

Anyhow for me True Tone is one of the major upgrades it's quite handy.