New MacBook Pro: 6 Reasons to Buy, 3 Reasons Not To

Posted June 09, 2017

You can buy a refurbished 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starting at $1,699. MacBook Pro without Touch Bar?

The MacBook comes with a 1.2GHz Intel Core m3 processor, while the MacBook Pro has a faster 2.3GHz Core i5 processor.

Of course, the star of show - at least as it pertains to the Mac - was Apple's iMac Pro. But before you ask, yes, it's still got just that one USB-C port.

The MacBook Air is the same computer as before, but its processor is now just a little faster now. It doesn't have Apple's sharp retina display, and it's had the same basic design since 2010, which makes it feel dated. The average user probably shouldn't splurge on these machines for basic tasks like web browsing and media streaming, but there's definitely a market for this sort of power and feature set. Apple is still pitching the 12-inch MacBook as a sleek and slim notebook with a Retina display, decent specs, and high portability, but it won't blow you out of the water.

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A new iMac Pro computer, which Apple claims is the most powerful Mac ever made, will go on sale in December priced at $4,999. Google Home followed in October and Microsoft's assistant, Cortana, is also finding a home in home speakers .

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Who should buy it: If you value portability above performance and don't mind paying a premium for that, go with the MacBook. And that's not even to speak of a revamped Mac Pro which, if we're lucky, will be unveiled sometime next year. With the new SSD integration, the new models will be 50% faster than the previous models. The MacBook is a good laptop for folks who want the smallest, lightest possible Mac. We have multiple 13-inch MacBook Pro models, including a new $1,299 option that is a better deal than the MacBook Air.

Before you throw down more than $1,000, the big question is whether or not it's worth upgrading if you already have an iMac. The high-end models feature a 5K Retina display, which looks incredible. At $1,099, the base non-4K 21.5-inch iMac is a money-saving alternative, but you'll get a much lower-clocked processor and a return to integrated graphics. If you want more power and that insane 5K display (it's gonna cost you!) then go with one of the 27-inch models. Apple also announced some upgrades to the beloved MacBook line, which has always been a hit with creative entrepreneurs and small business owners alike. But that's going to change with the iMac Pro, which was announced at WWDC this week and launches in December. Widely expected to launch in March, Apple ended up surprising many fans by launching a different iPad entirely. Hold out for that if you can.

The recent specifications published by Apple for its new iMac Pro 2017 reveal certain interesting aspects for upcoming AMD Vega Pro lineup. "These are by far the most powerful iPads we've ever created with the world's most advanced displays featuring ProMotion, the powerful new A10X Fusion chip and the advanced camera system of iPhone 7", said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Product Marketing.