13 and 15-inch compared, comparo, teardown of 15, Bulbs ad, attaching 4K monitors


Bare Feat's first graph – shorter is faster.
Bare Feat’s first graph – shorter is faster.

New 15-inch compared to 13 -inch — With the best processor, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB flash storage, but a different GPU, is the 15-inch with Quad-Core processor and discrete GPU really that much faster? Is it worth the extra money, size and weight?
BareFeat’s test results show that for “21% more, the extra $$$ buys you a bigger screen, an average of 40% faster performance running CPU intensive pro apps, and an average of 110% faster running GPU intensive pro apps.” Sounds pretty compelling. Quad-Core and discrete graphics always wins.

Comparing Apple’s Late-2016 13″ & 15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar — Having trouble deciding between Apple’s thin-but capable 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and the powerhouse 15-inch MacBook with Touch Bar? AppleInsider breaks down the pros and cons of each variant in this head-to-head comparison video.

Teardown of 15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar reveals non-removable SSD, extra trackpad touch controller, more — Repair firm iFixit on Friday completed its dissection of Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which boasts upscaled components and extra hardware not found on its smaller 13-inch sibling.

Apple’s MacBook Pro commercial Bulbs — Apple has released a new commercial for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar called Bulbs. The 1 minute, 37 second spot features flashes of some big (and small) inventions using exploding lightbulbs as a metaphor. The  MacBook Pro doesn’t appear until the final 10 seconds, accompanied by the tag line, “Introducing a tool for all the ideas to come.” We’re then shown a finger sliding back and forth on the Touch Bar to scrub through a video of another exploding lightbulb.

How to connect 4K monitors to your Mac, even on some older models without official support — Getting 4K on a relatively recent Mac has some hang-ups, but is still possible – and rewarding! AppleInsider explains the ins and outs of how to do so, even on some computers Apple doesn’t officially support.

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