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Touch Bar MacBook Pro FAQ @ EveryMac.com

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EveryMac.com's "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro Q&A answers questions about the 2016 MacBook Pro models that are crafted from a single piece of aluminum, have a 13-Inch or 15-Inch display, and have Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-Inch Late 2016 (Touch Bar, 4 Thunderbolt 3 Ports)

The higher-end 13-Inch and 15-Inch models (A1706 and A1707) have a "Touch Bar" that replaces the traditional function keys with a touch-sensitive control that adapts for different applications and provides Touch ID login support. They have four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The entry-level 13-Inch model (A1708) does not have a "Touch Bar" and instead has traditional function keys. They have two Thunderbolt 3 ports. EveryMac.com has grouped this model with the "Touch Bar" line for the sake of Q&A reader convenience.

Questions range from "What are all the differences between the 13-Inch and 15-Inch 'Late 2016' MacBook Pro models?" to "How do you upgrade the storage in the 'Late 2016' MacBook Pro models? Is it even possible?" and include everything in between.

Please note that all "Late 2016" MacBook Pro models are currently shipping.

The previous "Retina" MacBook Pro models do not have a name on the display bezel (they only say "MacBook Pro" on the bottom of the notebook). They also have a full complement of ports.

These 13-Inch and 15-Inch notebooks are model numbers A1398, A1425 and A1502.

EveryMac.com offers a separate "Retina Display" MacBook Pro Q&A that cover these earlier models.

Additionally, EveryMac.com has a separate "Unibody" MacBook Q&A, "Unibody" MacBook Pro Q&A and Original MacBook Pro Q&A, that cover even earlier models.

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Most Frequently Asked Touch Bar MacBook Pro Q&As:

What are all the differences between the 13-Inch and 15-Inch "Late 2016" MacBook Pro models? Which is best for me?

How fast are the "Late 2016" MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models replaced?

What are all the differences between the 15-Inch "Late 2016" MacBook Pro models? What are the differences between these models and the "Mid-2015" models replaced?

What is the "real-world" battery life of the "Late 2016" Touch Bar MacBook Pro models? How does the battery life compare to the models replaced?

What SSD storage options are available for the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models? Is it even possible to upgrade the storage?

What are all the differences between the 13-Inch "Late 2016" MacBook Pro models? What are the differences between these models and the "Early 2015" models replaced?

What is Thunderbolt 3? What is the difference between USB-C and Thunderbolt 3? What adapters are available for the "Touch Bar" Thunderbolt 3 ports?

How do you use an SD card with the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro? What is the best option?

What are the major differences between the current MacBook and MacBook Pro models? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Which should I buy?

What type of power connector do the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models use? Is it compatible with "MagSafe" power connectors? Are third-party options available?

Software Compatibility Q&As:

What version of macOS is pre-installed on the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models?

How do you install software on the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro without an optical drive?

How do you transfer data from an older Mac to a "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro? Are adapters requred?

How do you restore the operating system on the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models?

Can the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro run iPad apps?

Can the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro run Windows or Linux?

Comparison & Performance Q&As:

What are all the differences between the 13-Inch and 15-Inch "Late 2016" MacBook Pro models? Which is best for me?

What are all the differences between the 13-Inch "Late 2016" MacBook Pro models? What are the differences between these models and the "Early 2015" models replaced? Which is the better choice for me?

What are all the differences between the 15-Inch "Late 2016" MacBook Pro models? What are the differences between these models and the "Mid-2015" models replaced? Which is best for my needs?

What are the major differences between the current MacBook and MacBook Pro models? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Which should I buy?

How fast are the "Late 2016" MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models replaced?

What are the "pros and cons" of the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models? Is one right for me?

Upgrades & Expansion Q&As:

What custom processor options are available for the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models? Do they have a processor that can be upgraded?

What type of RAM do the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models use? Which RAM upgrade options are available for the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models? Is it even possible to upgrade the RAM?

What SSD storage options are available for the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models? Is it even possible to upgrade the storage?

What external storage options are available for the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro? Are adapters required?

Display & Video Q&As:

What type of video processor is provided by the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models? Is it "dedicated" or "integrated" memory? Is it upgradable?

Is there a "hack" to switch between graphics processors on the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models manually?

How many external displays can the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models support? What is the maximum supported resolution of each? Are adapters required?

Battery, Power & Connectivity Q&As:

What is the "real-world" battery life of the "Late 2016" Touch Bar MacBook Pro models? How does the battery life compare to the models replaced?

How do you replace the battery in the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models? Is it even possible?

What is Thunderbolt 3? What is the difference between USB-C and Thunderbolt 3? What adapters are available for the "Touch Bar" Thunderbolt 3 ports?

What type of power connector do the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models use? Is it compatible with "MagSafe" power connectors? Are third-party options available?

What external storage options are available for the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro? Are adapters required?

How do you use an SD card with the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro? What is the best option?

How do you connect the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro to a wired Ethernet network? Is it even possible?

Design, Configuration, & Purchasing Q&As:

Who designed the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro?

Where can I buy a "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro?

What are the custom configuration options for the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models?

What are the "pros and cons" of the "Touch Bar" MacBook Pro models? Is one for me?




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