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

thedwp

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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!
 

ilikewhey

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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.
 

OneMike

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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.
 

thedwp

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Thanks for the input. I'm not sure I'm ready to pay more for the TB version. Still seems a little gimmicky.
 

Gjwilly

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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.
 

Mr. Dee

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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.
 

thedwp

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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.
Yeah, I had a couple of good articles that had a ton of info and I ended up not being able to find them again...lol. 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.
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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.
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.
 

ZapNZs

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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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