There is a lot of criticism about the new Apple MacBook Pro 2016. From the exorbitant price tag, to removal of the mag-safe port. The illuminated Apple Logo at the back is missing and even the ding sound at the start has vanished.
Apple has made it more thin than it is required by most. Replacing the fantastic keyboard and adding the fancy touch bar. Lot of changes have been criticized. Not every change fits the need of every Mac user.
In fact lot of people would have wanted a less expensive MacBook Air with Full HD display and a bit thinner bezels. That would have been a great device, if you wanted to do all the basic stuff.
Apple don’t want to sell a cheaper MacBook Air but wants you to buy the base model of MacBook Pro, which is listed at 1.3 Lakh.
Very few people can buy that, especially in developing countries like India. Enough rant, lets get to the good part.
The Good Part
Apple has made many good changes in the new MacBook Pro 2016. My top picks are – AMD PRO 400 series graphics card, Intel 6th Gen Processors and the touch bar.
The AMD Radeon PRO 400 series is finally unveiled by Raj Kodouri, head of Radeon technologies and it looks impressive.
There is Radeon PRO 450 , 455 and 460 graphics card which you can have with the MacBook Pro 2016. The 450 and 455 comes with 2 GB of VRAM and the 460 can be custom configured and comes with 4 GB of VRAM. AMD is calling these as “Creators on the Go”.
The Radeon Pro series is not targeted at Gamers, it is targeted at the creators. People looking for a powerful solution to run software like Adobe suite (premier pro , after effects etc). The Radeon Pro series is optimized to work better with creative Apps and offer faster rendering compared to the other graphics cards optimized for playing games.
I have a strong feeling that Apple may use Radeon Pro in the iMac too when they update them in near future. Currently iMac come with AMD R9 390 and 380 series graphics cards.
Apple also rolled out a massive update for the Final Cut Pro X which will again get benefit from the Radeon Pro series cards.
The Radeon Pro Series cards are aimed at video editing and can work on 4K video edits with ease. The Polaris Architecture based Radeon Pro series is manufactured with the cutting edge 14Nm FinFET process.
Check the video released by AMD below.
The Radeon Pro 460 offers 1.86 T Flops performance, has 16 Compute Units and 1024 stream processors. The graphics card offers 80 GB/s memory bandwidth.
The Radeon Pro 455 offers 1.3 T Flops performance, has 12 Compute Units and 768 stream processors. The graphics card offers 80 GB/s memory bandwidth.
The Radeon Pro 450 offers 1.0 T Flops performance, has 10 Compute Units and 640 stream processors. The graphics card offers 80 GB/s memory bandwidth.
While I expected Apple to use the Nvidia’s new Pascal series GTX 1050 and GTX 1060 graphics cards, they have gone with the AMD solution.
The reason why Apple is going with the Radeon Pro 400 series is that the MacBook Pro is widely used in content creation rather than for gaming. The MacBook Pro can get the necessary performance boost from the AMD cards compared to the GTX 10 series for video editing.
Paired with the Intel 6th Gen Skylake Processors the new MacBook Pro 2016 can deliver much improved performance for content creators.
Apple Increases Prices for old Macbook in India
In another clever move Apple has suddenly increased the price for the Apple MacBook line up in India by upto Rs. 10,000. The move comes ahead of the start of sale for the 2016 MacBook Pro line up. To make the older Notebooks less attractive Apple has made the price changes.
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