My impressions after ten days using a 15 ″ TouchBook MacBook Pro

I'm ten days using the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, recently released by Apple, and decided to share with you my impressions of the machine.

Apparently, Macs are no longer the center of attention at Ma, but I will try to be as unbiased as possible and list what I found best and worst compared to the previous generation.

The prs


The product itself very beautiful! It's amazing how much they can improve a product so much that you can see the old ones after just one day and already consider their design a little outdated.


The Touch ID is very cool. Very, very much! I would say that it can be even more useful than Touch Bar for a large portion of users (even in Brazil, where Apple Pay is not yet supported). And some great apps have already integrated into it, like 1Password.

1Password at Touch BarOk, the translation wasn't perfect, but the app works great!


All dialogs offer buttons for actions on the Touch Bar. Example: closing a document in the Text Editor (TextEdit), the same dialog window buttons are displayed on the Touch Bar. One hand on the wheel!

Saving a document in the Text Editor

Text Editor at Touch Bar


Since macOS Sierra was released, you can unlock your Mac without entering a password if you have an Apple Watch. If you don't have a watch but you get on the wave of the new MacBooks Pro, you can now use Touch ID.

Touch ID at Touch Bar


Being able to connect any cable (including the charger cable) from either side (as well as the Lightning connector) to any of the cool Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports and solves the mess of cables going from side to side.


Most native macOS apps come with Touch Bar support, such as QuickTime Player, which displays the recording time and video size in real time. The ideal Touch Bar in this case because when recording a screencast, you don't want this information to appear on your video.

QuickTime Player at Touch Bar


The tabs of some windows, such as Activity Monitor (Activity Monitor), are displayed on the Touch Bar, making it easy to access any of them without having to use the mouse / trackpad.

App Tabs at Touch Bar


Increasing or decreasing brightness / volume is different, but more accurate and easier to change even if it takes time to adjust.

Adjusting the volume on the Touch Bar


Touch Bar's performance and sensitivity is something to no one flaw in, just like most (all?) Of Apple's touch screens. The Touch Bar OLED screen and this was a great choice, just like it was on Apple Watch.

The cons


The performance improvement was not significant and, at least for the tasks I perform, I noticed no difference. That's right, none! To be more impartial, I did some tests comparing the new machine with my previous Mac, a 15 inch Retina display MacBook Pro 2014.

I converted videos, ran scripts and reviewed the Activity Monitor. Result: The performance was very similar overall. But what surprised me was that in some cases the performance was unbelievable and slightly slower on the new machine.

I then talked to a Genius / Expert from an Apple store to understand what might be going on. He said this is common on newly released Macs and that Maa engineers work hard after a release to optimize drivers and other performance-related things for the new models. Regardless of this promise, something very negative, especially when considering prices.


The keyboard (with second-generation butterfly mechanism) itself is excellent: yes, after two days you get used to it and say it is actually better than the previous generation. But two things are annoying: the Esc key (because it has no tactile feedback) and the arrows (which no longer allow them to be located just by moving your hand to the bottom right of the keyboard until you feel the gaps that existed above those of the keyboard). left and right similar to a braille reading).

New MacBook Pro Touch Bar Keyboard

The keyboard is also noisier than the previous one. This may make little or no difference to most, but it's not cool for those with a sleeping baby nearby. 😛


Touch Bar's resolution may disappoint a bit. The Retina screen setting takes into account the distance between the screen and our eyes, that is, the pixel density of a higher iPhone than a Mac because we use the closest face iPhones.

Touch Bar Resolution

But sometimes, we want to look closer to see some detail and you notice the pixels something a little strange to the company that created a beautiful Retina screen almost 7 years ago that should maintain that quality.


Legend has it that his battery is quite bad, which even made Consumer Reports for the first time not recommend the machine.

I think I was lucky at this point because I'm not having problems with that. My MBP battery lasts the same as my previous Mac, but it can only be printed from me. On the other hand, I think everyone now agrees that he could have room for a slightly larger battery instead of getting thinner.


Having to carry adapters all the time is kind of boring. You're even used to it, but it's still boring. Imagine how long it will take before everything becomes USB-C compliant: USB sticks, TVs, cars, etc. One idea that can help with this transaction is below SanDisk: a USB stick that has two ports (one on either side USB-A and USB-C).

SanDisk USB stick


Is it worth buying one? The answer, as always, It depends. If you already have a recent Retina display MacBook Pro, the answer at least for now. I would recommend waiting a little while to see if the improvements in macOS will solve the problems listed above (which do not depend on new hardware, of course) or wait for the next generation (perhaps to come out by the end of 2017), which probably bring the new 7th generation processors from Intel.

If you urgently need a new Mac but you can't spend much (the new one is expensive, even when buying abroad), consider buying one from the previous generation. As I said, the performance is very similar. If you can spend a little more so you don't have to change again anytime soon, opt for the new. Just don't forget the adapters (at least USB-C to USB-A I'm sure you'll need).

Although my assessment was not extremely positive, I have already ruled out the possibility of returning mine. 😉

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Final Tip: To capture images on the Touch Bar as I did above, just use shortcut 6.