Apple will reportedly release the MacBook Pro 2016 this September at around the same time the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will come to life.
Microsoft was expected to release the Surface Pro 5 this year, however, with the company reportedly waiting for Intel to release the next-gen chipsets, the release of this hybrid tablet was pushed to early 2017. Now that the Intel Kaby Lake has been confirmed to be coming towards the end of this year, it seems all but confirmed the release of the Pro 5 will follow in Q1 2017. It is not just Microsoft’s device that comes with a new SoC, but the Skylake chipset to be used on the Apple laptop is also a new one, which sets up an interesting battle for supremacy between these two.
Design and display
As far as design is concerned, there is no doubt that these two companies will deliver. If the latest reports are to be believed, the upcoming MacBook Pro 2016 will come in two sizes of 13 inches and 15 inches, which is nothing new. The resolution will be set at 2304 by 1440 pixels and as noted, the Skylake SoC will be under the hood.
With Apple always obsessed with going thinner and lighter each year, expect the MacBook Pro 2016 to improve on what the previous model came in with. It is also rumored that Apple will replace the physical function keys with an OLED display touch bar. Don’t be surprised if the 2016 MacBook Pro comes without a 3.5mm headphone jack, just like what is set to happen with the iPhone 7.
As for the Surface Pro 5, there is talk of a 13-inch model, which will obviously go against the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2016. However, there is no mention of a larger 15-inch model. With Apple planning to come in with a 1440p resolution this year, Microsoft already went past this with the Surface Pro 4. If usual upgrade trends are to be maintained, the new Surface Pro 5 will definitely carry a higher resolution screen than the MacBook Pro 2016, probably a 3K or even 4K resolution.
The Surface Pro 4 comes with a Skylake processor that is clocked at a top speed of 3.4GHz, which is achieved when on Turbo Boost. While the MacBook Pro 2016 is expected to feature the same Skylake SoC, Apple will reportedly opt for the m3-powered fanless models. On the contrary, this chipset has a maximum clock speed of just 2.2GHz, which means the Apple laptop will still be trailing the Surface Pro 4, leave alone the Surface Pro 5.
Speaking of the Surface Pro 5, this device is expected to come with the new Kaby Lake processor. Apparently, the new chipset promises enhanced 3D graphics as well as 4K video playback. Your device won’t need a third-party chipset to allow the use of USB 3.1 ports, but be informed that this SoC will only work with Windows 10 OS.
In general, the Kaby Lake SoC is expected to outperform the Skylake m3 chip, something that should be of a concern to Apple.