Trying to learn about real world differences between 13" MBP models

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thedwp, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. thedwp macrumors newbie


    Apr 25, 2015
    I'm asking about 13" models here...Aside from the obvious 2vs4 USB-c ports and the TB, I know there are slight differences between the gfx card and processor. What are the real world differences in processor speeds and gfx card performances? And does the battery hold up the same on both?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a

    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
    honestly? you won't notice the difference from day to day task, maybe exporting a video or something, i went from a 2016 tb to a 2015 mbp retina and i noticed no difference.
  3. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    At the end of the day it will all come down to how you use the machine to be honest, battery life included. I have a 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro and another computer is a 2014 Mac Mini. Depending on the task, you couldn't tell which was which. If I'm developing then that's different.
  4. thedwp thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 25, 2015
    Thanks for the input. I'm not sure I'm ready to pay more for the TB version. Still seems a little gimmicky.
  5. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I was just reading a really good review that explained all the real world differences but now I can’t find it.
    I remember that the non-TB has better battery life but it also only has one fan compared to two and therefore runs both hotter and noisier.
  6. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

    Mr. Dee

    Dec 4, 2003
    Living with a 2015 MBP 13 inch, my use of ports is exceptionally limited. Yes, I still use USB A thumb drive from time to time, but its because I'm lazy. I probably could setup a shared wireless network or just keep files synced using the Cloud. I really see the sense with removing ports that are hardly used. I have never used the HDMI, SD Card ports on my Mac, neither the audio jack.
  7. thedwp thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 25, 2015
    Yeah, I had a couple of good articles that had a ton of info and I ended up not being able to find them I know the real world, day to day wouldn't make much of a difference. I'm not even worried about the battery. and I guess at the end of the say whats another $300? But if the only really noticeable thing is the TB, to me thats not worth $300.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 28, 2017 ---
    totally agree. I haven't missed the ports. I simply picked up a USB-c Multi port that has an SD card and 3 standard USB connectors. It's also forced me to start using the cloud more and keeping my HD cleaner thus yielding more speed.
  8. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    For normal usage in terms of the speed that standard-use software loads (like Microsoft Word, Google Chrome with limited tabs/extensions, 1Password, Keynote, OmniFocus, etc.), I do not think there is a big difference between the MB Air, MB Pro nTB 13, MB Pro TB 13, and MB Pro TB 15. What type of differences you will see though will depend upon on the work you do.

    From a battery perspective, the nTB still seems to hold a considerable lead over the TB 13.

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