It's with a heavy heart that I have decided to keep my MacBook Pro 15" 2010 until around 2018-2021. There is nothing in any of these new models that really blows my current laptop out of the water. That being said, I briefly considered buying a maxed-out MBP 2016 15" after I discovered that the price isn't fully Apple's fault... https://browser.primatelabs.com/v4/cpu/search?q=i7-6920hq That is the top-end CPU available for the MBP 15", along with the names of laptops that contain it. If you look up those Windows laptop models, their prices are pretty much the exact same as the MacBook Pro 2016. At least here in Sweden. I can see 4 paths forward: Buy a MBP 2016 now, since it isn't very overpriced compared to Windows laptops with the exact same i7-6920HQ CPU, and the Apple build quality is far better. But then you are stuck with 16 GB RAM (not fun, I want 24 or 32 for music sample libraries). The RAM is the main issue with the new MBP. Wait until 2018 and buy a post-Kaby Lake MacBook Pro which fixes the RAM (adds LPDDR4 support) and fixes everything else that's inevitably wrong about the 2016 model. Apparently Kaby Lake won't support more RAM either, so 2018 is the earliest that we'd get workstation-grade RAM amounts in a laptop. Wait until 2018-2021 and get something awesome when Apple has finally joined the future and gone all-touchscreen on their future MacBook Pros. That would mean that musicians like me can touch the controls of our digital music equipment, and won't have to fiddle with a mouse cursor anymore. They will definitely support 24/32 GB RAM by then. And the laptop CPUs would probably be 6-core or 8-core by then, too, which means true future-proof workstation performance in a laptop! Screw laptops forever and just build a Hackintosh desktop for CPU performance instead, fill it with SSDs and other lovely equipment, and then easily keep replacing components like the CPU and GPU over the years to keep it powerful. This path would give the most bang for the buck and the most performance... Hard to decide... but the MBP 2016's RAM limit is the #1 reason I am skipping it. The price is pretty okay. By the way, it's possible to build a Hackintosh desktop TODAY with the eight-core i7-6900K: http://ark.intel.com/sv/products/94196/Intel-Core-i7-6900K-Processor-20M-Cache-up-to-3_70-GHz. That processor only costs about 1/4 or 1/5th of the highest-end MacBook Pro 2016. A 6290HQ (MacBook Pro) gives about 14000 in multi-core score: https://browser.primatelabs.com/v4/cpu/search?q=i7-6920hq A 6900K (Desktop Hackintosh) gives about 25000 in multi-core score: https://browser.primatelabs.com/processor-benchmarks/ (check multi-core tab, it is the top-end 6th generation Core i7, only marginally beaten by the new "costs as much much as a car" 6950X). So this desktop 6900K CPU is 1/4 or 1/5 the cost of the new MacBook Pro, but gives 1.8x the performance (interestingly; the laptop CPU is quad-core and the desktop is eight-core, so the laptop is very nearly at desktop levels per-core performance-wise). Anyone who wants their computer for performance reasons should consider building a desktop instead. And the CPU is the expensive part of a computer. The motherboard, RAM and storage are cheap. So after everything else is thrown in and the Hackintosh Pro desktop is complete, you have still only paid about 35%-45% of the cost of a MacBook Pro 2016. And your desktop can be continually upgraded whenever a certain component feels outdated to you. For this reason (not enough performance for the buck), and the RAM issue, I simply cannot justify buying a MBP 2016. It's very nearly able to be a professional workstation. Thunderbolt would take care of all storage needs. The CPU is very powerful. It's just the RAM that holds it back. Probably worth buying one in 2018 when the RAM capacity goes above 16GB. But honestly, like I said, the whole world is moving towards touch (the touch strip is only the first step). Why not wait a few more years until Apple comes out with their new AD: "we've revolutionized the laptop world by adding touch screens, *cough* which Windows definitely didn't do a decade before us...". It's going to happen. It's the way the whole computing industry is heading. Maybe worth waiting for those, proper future-proof laptops? It would suck to be stuck on an aging 2016 MacBook Pro without a touchscreen, when the entire OS gets deeper and deeper multitouch fun. You are going to cry about spending $4000 this year on something that won't support the greatest revolution in mobile computing... touch.