Every generation of MacBook Pro compared!

Every generation of MacBook Pro compared!

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In today’s video let’s look back at the past 13 years of Apple MacBook Pros- the ups and downs and how they got us to where we are today!

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so now that Apple is working on a new generation of MacBook Pro that we could see as early as September 2019 let's take a look back on the previous 13 years of MacBook Pros in January 2006 Apple made public its decision to ditch PowerPC in favor of Intel for its computers going forward this paradigm shift was a massive move for the company and over the course of the year every single existing Mac was rebranded fitted with Intel or retired in favor of a new model Powerbooks Power Max and iBooks went out the window and in came the MacBook MacBook Pro Intel iMac Intel Mac Mini and Mac Pro just think about that for a second in one year Apple completely changed its entire lineup granted the MacBook Pro Mac Mini iMac and the Mac Pro retained largely the same general design as their predecessors but the internals and everything else in the lineup was completely brand new from top to bottom new notebook computer that we are calling the MacBook Pro it's a new name it's a new name because we're kind of done with power and because we want match in the name of our products so MacBook Pro one of the headlines of this transition was the MacBook Pro arguably one of the most popular Pro laptops of all time the Intel version was four to five times faster than its PowerBook predecessor keep in mind the g5 power book was only a year old at that point so we're talking about a five-fold increase in one gear however the massive transition to Intel in 2006 wasn't without its hiccups there were five iterations of the first MacBook Pro that fixed coil whine sleep issues display flickering and airport problems then we get to the fact that the first wave of intel macs used 32-bit core duo processors the iMac MacBook Pro MacBook and Mac Mini were all refreshed again at the end of 2006 with 64-bit core 2 duos which meant that the early two six variants were very quickly obsolete losing support after four years at most I'll tell you what's not obsolete this super slick transition into today's 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Pro and it's the one that I have because of the mildly refreshed Penryn processors this guy can run Mac OS Mohave with a patch tool and honestly is still very useable to this day this design in classic Apple form still looks quite good to this day and even has slimmer bezels than the two generations of MacBook Pros that followed it in Geekbench for this machine is definitely showing its age scoring just 2700 in the multi-core test unfortunately the 2007 and early 2008 MacBook Pros also started a rather unfortunate trend of crippling graphics card issues both of these models are running the fatally flawed 8600 M GT that mean nearly all of them will fail eventually fortunately in late 2008 the second generation of the MacBook Pro was announced today we're introducing our new MacBook Pro it's just gorgeous this was the wildly popular unibody MacBook Pro which changed the way laptops were constructed even to this day and is still the preferred design for many people internally the performance was incremental with improved 9600 M graphics from Nvidia and the same Penryn Core 2 duos as well as a unification of the 13-inch MacBook and the 15-inch MacBook Pro to create a unified MacBook Pro family but the real story was the new construction unibody meant fewer parts cleaner lines and a sturdier device overall in typical Johnny I've fashioned he explained how this new construction would be a huge benefit for the MacBook Pro while also making the previous generation which was just two and a half years old at this point look like an ancient relic tradition in notebooks are made from multiple parts but the problem is when you have multiple parts you you add size and weight and you increase the opportunity for failure and that the huge breakthrough that we had was to replace all of those parts with just one part and at one part we called the unibody this generation of MacBook Pro saw huge internal changes over its four-year lifespan while looking almost exactly the same in 2010 the 15-inch MacBook Pro became the first Apple laptop to use Core i5 and i7 processors and in 2011 the 13-inch joined in on the fun while the 15-inch became the first to use quad core processors the 2011 MacBook Pro was actually a really significant upgrade the 15-inch from 2011 hasn't really aged well as it heralded the return of crippling graphics issues so as such a tends to be overlooked but was in fact a huge performance gain over the previous generation in fact the first MacBook Pro that I ever owned was a Sandy Bridge 2011 13-inch MacBook Pro so it didn't have any graphics issues that thing carried me all the way through the early days of my channel in 2015 the 2011 was overshadowed the following year by what is largely considered the best MacBook Pro ever made the mid 2012 unibody MacBook Pro improved Ivy Bridge processors and Nvidia GT 650 M graphics that were much faster and didn't fail catastrophically made this MacBook a great performer while also retaining the upgrade ability for which this generation was famous so what's next let me make a little bit of room on the slide here 2012 also saw the introduction of another landmark in the Mac world the first Retina display in a MacBook Pro this was actually announced at WWDC and its specs were carried on to the unibody MacBook Pro which stuck around for a couple of months before being retired in 2013 the retina differentiated itself from the unibody by featuring new slimmer flash-based architecture and all flash architecture and a world-class IPS display that blew anything else in the laptop world out of the water at least for a little while ironically it also brought back to the trend of graphics issues although this one was decidedly Apple's fault because before you could kind of put some blame on Nvidia and AMD for designing some faulty graphics processors however in this case it was entirely apple's fault because they used really crap soldering on an important voltage regulator which fails and then you pretty much can't turn on the device unless you replace the soldering on that chip in late 2013 the MacBook Pro saw its next significant upgrade with Haswell processors and improved and video GT 750 M graphics on some 15-inch models while the design remained the same through 2015 these retina MacBook Pros were more efficient than their predecessors the late 2013 dual graphics MacBook Pro remains my top pick for a used MacBook Pro due to its great value performance and reliability this model was apparently so good that Apple felt it didn't need to change so in 2014 it was barely refreshed the only difference being in clock speeds and making 16 gigabytes of RAM standard on 15 inch models strangely it from 2013 to 2015 Apple decided that the base model 15-inch MacBook Pro didn't need dedicated graphics so you gotta watch out because a lot of those things are running iris graphics fortunately this trend ended in 2016 and since then every single 15-inch MacBook Pro has dedicated graphics in 2015 the retina MacBook Pro was refreshed one last time first in the spring the 13-inch received the new force touch trackpad and 5th gen Intel chips then over the summer the 15-inch received the same force touch trackpad and much faster AMD r9 M 370 X graphics on the top tier 15 inch model interestingly Apple actually used Haswell processors on three consecutive updates of the 15-inch MacBook Pro from late 2013 all the way up until 2016 when the touch bar was introduced then in October of 2016 we got the current generation of MacBook Pro the controversial touch bar models these were a pretty significant update even if it wasn't everyone's favorite we got a new thinner design Thunderbolt 3 only skylake CPUs and the notorious butterfly keyboard in terms of performance the sky like chips really aren't any faster than preceding Haswell MacBook Pros but the Radeon pro graphics in the 15-inch models were significantly more powerful than the r9m 370 and iris pro from the 2015 model today the MacBook Pro is running ninth gen core i7 and core i9 processors on the 15-inch models and starting in 2018 quad core i5 and i7 in the 13-inch the graphics really haven't changed much on the 15-inch models which are still using old Polaris architecture but there is a Vega option on high-end 15-inch configs it's no secret that the current generation of 15-inch MacBook Pros have been polarizing especially when it come two thermals keyboard and port selection however we can't deny that the last two updates to the MacBook Pro have been absolutely massive in terms of performance gains in CPU processing power take a look at this chart which compares Geekbench scores for the top CPU options of every single 15-inch MacBook Pro since 2007 you can see a huge jump during the transition from core to duo's through Sandy Bridge core i7s then there are minor incremental improvements though from late 2013 to 2017 it's almost completely flat even trending down a little bit then we see absolutely massive gains in 20 18 and 19 as the core counts increase and we start to see core i9 processors that huge flatline from 2013 all the way through 2017 is exactly what happens when there is no competition in the CPU space for the middle part of this decade Intel had absolutely no motivation to be increasing core count and performance because they just weren't really competing with anyone AMD didn't have a viable alternative now though competition from AMD has lit a fire under Intel's bum and this graph is the result as I said in a previous video I do not recommend the 2019 MacBook Pro sure it's a huge gain in terms of CPU performance but it doesn't really offer any other improvements over the 2018 MacBook Pro and seeing as this generation in general likely won't be around a year from now it's probably best to wait unless you really need the upgrade when the new generation of MacBook Pro comes out it very well might blow your socks off they might fix the thermal issues they might have a really amazing display new keyboard it might be amazing alternatively if it ends up sucking the 2019 MacBook Pro has gotten pretty good reviews and you'll be able to get one refurbished and save a good chunk of change either way it only helps you to wait so pretty much unless your MacBook Pro is currently on fire I would just hold off for at least a couple of months so thank you guys for watching this video I certainly find this to be a very interesting topic it's crazy once you look back and think about how much things have changed since that day in January 2006 when the MacBook Pro was first introduced 13 years and so many recall programs I can't even list off but granted there have been some really impressive gains the 2019 MacBook Pro with the core I 9 can outperform the 12 core trashcan Mac Pro that was thousands and thousands of dollars so there definitely has been progress so as usual make sure to LIKE comment subscribe which is your favorite model of MacBook Pro let me know down in the comments below and as usual don't forget to follow me on twitter at luke piane please consider joining my subreddit if you have any questions or are maybe looking for advice on which MacBook Pro you want to buy and with that I will see you all in the next video

23 Replies to “Every generation of MacBook Pro compared!”

  1. Jamie Goodliffe

    I have an Early '08 17" MBP and had the aforementioned graphics card issue. I took the whole thing apart and chucked the logic board in the oven for 30 mins at 180 degrees Celsius. Believe it or not, it fixed the issue! Dodgy soldering I guess.

  2. Anderson Silva

    My 1st Mac was indeed the Mid/Late-2007 15" model which, despite the GPU issue, it ran flawlessly in my hands until the day I sold it to buy my current one: the 15" Mid-2012 non-Retina upgraded to its maximum. IMO, this one is the latest MacBook Pro anyone should consider. Honestly, how audacious are Apple to call a totally locked-out machine with soldered components, glued pieces, proprietary screws and no servicability at all as "Pro"? Even worse… now they decided to ditch out the USB port, put a proprietary "securoty chip" and ditch out once again a stupidly realiable component (the keyboard) in exchange for what: looks? Oh, that's really "Pro", you know….

    Regardless… I really wanted a 17" model but didn't have the opportunity ($$$) back in the day and despite of Apple will try to offer in the future, I'm decided I won't buy any Mac computer anymore BUT I really enjoy using macOS – for quite some time, I'm doing my research for what machine to buy and build a Hackintosh; until then, I hope my current baby lasts for many years to come.

    And last, but not least… great video, Mr.! I've been following you for quite some time and really enjoying your work – your MacPro5,1 journey and the Black MacBook videos are awesome. You got a new subscriber 😉

  3. blackvulcan3

    Great video Luke. How about the same with iMacs? I have a mid 2010 i7 27 inch with SSD and 2TB 7200 HDD with 32Gb of RAM. Contemplating an upgrade but not to a $6000 (Australian) i9 version.

  4. Gabriel Jimenez

    My first MacBook Pro was 2010 model 15 inches, was a great computer with good performance for its time. Still love that design.

  5. atticus corbitt

    For me just about any pre 2016 macbook pro, just because I'm personally not a fan of the keyboard or port selection. I just wish apple took a page from dell and their fantastic XPS 13 and 15 laptops, or what they did with the pre 2016 macbook pros and just kept the same design as the 2013-2015 macbook pros with up to date hardware.

  6. Paul Philpott

    My late 2013 15” top spec is by far my favourite. Especially since I can replace the SSD with a faster larger OWC one and keep it running for years to come. My late 2018 MBP is my daily work horse, but I still love taking the 2013 on the road and abroad and it just packs a punch!

  7. Philip Ohmes

    Thanks for the MAC History Lesson. I have a 2011 MAC Book Pro with the Intel 5 core processor and 4 gigs RAM, that still runs well. I just clean it once a year, don't drop it or spill stuff on it. Soon I'll upgrade the RAM and put in a solid state HD. Like my MAC Mini, they both just run well if you take care of the machine once a year. Both are for general purpose use.

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