Currently shopping for new apple laptop. The two options that fit my budget is the entry level m3 2016 Macbook 12 inch ($1249 USD for college faculty) and refurbished 2015 retina MBP core i5 13 inch for $1189. I will be using it for light general use, but maybe some light audio production too (i do my heavy studio work on my beastly windows workstation at home). Both fit my standards of being portable enough. Which is more power for ya dollar? i really like that the rMBP has a lot of great ports like hdmi, usb, TB, sd card reader EDIT: i know the battery life is phenomenal on 2016 Macbook , what about the 2015 retina 13 inch MBP?