Apple's new MacBook Pro is here, with Touch Bar, hefty price tag, and all.

Before you spend all your hard-earned cash, take a moment to compare the new laptop to its predecessor. Yes, the old model doesn't come with that fancy OLED touch strip, but if you're on a budget, every little bit counts, and not upgrading to the latest tech may be in your favour. However, you should know that the MacBook Pro (2016) also brings better graphics and streamlined connections.

Keep in mind there is also a new MacBook Pro (2016) 13-inch model with no Touch Bar. We aren't comparing that model in this piece, however.

Let's get into the nitty gritty...

  • MacBook Pro (2016) comes with Touch Bar and Touch ID sensor
  • MacBook Pro (2016) is all-around thinner and lighter compared to predecessor

Both versions of the laptop feature an aluminium enclosure, LED-backlit display, and come in 13-inch and 15-inch model sizes as well as silver or space grey colour options. However, the MacBook Pro (2016) model exclusively features a Touch Bar with an integrated Touch ID sensor. It's an OLED strip that sits at the top of the keyboard, where the standard function keys normally go.

The MacBook Pro (2016) 13-inch model weighs 1.37kg and measures 14.9 x 304.1 x 212.4mm, while the MacBook Pro (2016) 15-inch model weighs 1.83kg and measures 15.5 x 349.3 x 240.7mm.

The MacBook Pro (2015) 13-inch model weighs 1.58kg and measures 18 x 314 x 219mm, while the MacBook Pro (2015) 15-inch model weighs 2.04kg and measures 18 x 358.9 x 247.1mm.

In other words, if you're looking for an Apple laptop with a slightly new design, new functionality, and that's relatively thin and light, you should consider the MacBook Pro (2016) over the MacBook Pro (2015).

  • Both models offer 13-inch and 15-inch screen sizes
  • Both models offer same resolution
  • MacBook Pro (2016) is brighter with better contrast and colour

The MacBook Pro (2016) offers a choice between a 13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS display with IPS with 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution (227ppi) and a 15.4-inch LED-backlit IPS display with 2880 x 1800-pixel resolution (220ppi).

The MacBook Pro (2015) offers the same display sizes and resolutions.

There is no difference in display size or resolution between the Apple MacBook Pro (2016) model and Apple MacBook Pro (2015) model, but the 2016 model is 67 per cent brighter, offering a higher contrast ratio, more vibrancy and is more power efficient.

  • Both models and sizes claim to offer 10 hours of web play
  • The 15-inch MacBook Pro (2016) with Touch Bar offers better graphics

The MacBook Pro (2016) 13-inch base model with Touch Bar offers a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 550, and built-in 49.2Wh battery (10 hours of web play), while the MacBook Pro (2016) 15-inch base model with Touch Bar offers a 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB of GDD55 memory and Intel HD Graphics 530, and built-in 76.0Wh battery (10 hours of web play).

The MacBook Pro (2015) 13-inch base model offers a 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 128GB SSD, 8GB, Intel Iris Graphics 6100, and built-in 73.9Wh battery (10 hours of web play), while the MacBook Pro (2015) 15-inch base model offers a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, and built-in 99.5Wh battery (10 hours of web play).

In other words, the MacBook Pro (2016) offers a slightly better spec'd processor over its predecessor and much-improved graphics capabilities. The 15-inch model with Touch Bar specifically switched up a lot when it added Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB of GDD55 memory and Intel HD Graphics 530, whereas last year's model with no Touch Bar had Intel Iris Pro Graphics. So, if you want a machine that's a bit faster and better equipped at handling intense graphics, consider the top-end, 15-inch MacBook Pro (2016).

One more thing: all models offer number of configuration options for CPU, RAM and storage and the prices you'll pay will vary accordingly. It's no surprise that the 2016 models will outperform the 2015 models.

  • The MacBook Pro (2016) ditched all the old ports in favour of Thunderbolt 3
  • The MacBook Pro (2016) doesn't even have an SD card slot

The MacBook Pro (2016) only features four Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C design). These ports can handle charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, and USB 3.1, whereas the MacBook Pro (2015) comes with MagSafe 2 for power, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports, an HDMI port, and SD card slot. Both models also have a 3.5mm headphone jack. In other words, the MacBook Pro (2016) streamlined everything.

You can now charge and transfer data using the same port (all four of them) on the MacBook Pro (2016). However, you can't plug in an SD card. If that matter a lot to you, and you don't like USB Type-C, stick with the MacBook Pro (2015). To use the MacBook Pro 2016 with your existing devices, you're going to need a lot of new cables or adapters.

  • The MacBook Pro (2016) with Touch Bar is more expensive all around
  • The MacBook Pro (2016) is available to pre-order now

The MacBook Pro (2016) 13-inch model with Touch Bar starts at $1,799 (£1,749), while the MacBook Pro (2016) 15-inch model with Touch Bar starts at $2,399 (£2,349). The MacBook Pro (2015) 13-inch model starts at $1,299 (£1,249), while the 15-inch model starts at $1,999 (£1,899).

It's obvious that the newer MacBook Pro costs more money, but it also features the Touch Bar and improved graphics.