2016 Macbook Pro vs Surface Pro 5: Rumors, Updates and News; Head-To-Head Comparison

With the release dates of Microsoft's Surface Pro 5 and Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro still up in the air, rumors are still circulating about the possible specs and designs. It is being estimated that the release dates of both Microsoft and Apple will likely be at the same time, which makes for some interesting competition.

According to Gotta Be Mobile, the 2016 MacBook Pro is likely to be released in the fourth quarter of the year still. It has been over a year since the Apple has released a new MacBook Pro, but the wait should be over. The publication quotes Ming-Chi Kuo as saying that this will be the "most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple."

The biggest feature changes on the 2016 MacBook Pro should come from the Skylake processor and the new GPU options. The item will likely come with a USC-C, for an all-in-one connection solution. It will most probabl come with a ThunderBolt 3 over USC-C as well. This could mean that the 2016 MacBook Pro can power dual 4k displayes over the USB-C Cable - which boasts more speed, pixels, power and protocols - or a single 5K display.

Ming-Chi also estimates that Mac will include a Touch ID in the item, following the same application on iPhones and iPads.

As for the specs, rumors include a 6th Gen Intel Skylake Processor, potential GPU Upgrade, 8GB and 16GB RAM options, four USB-C ports and SSD options of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. The battery life is supposed to be much better as well, as Intel claims that the new Skylake processor can deliver as much as 30% more battery life.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 5, on the other hand, is not expected to make an appearance until early 2017. According to News Everyday, Intel's Kaby Lake processor is expected to make waves by the end of the year, and it is likely that Microsoft is waiting for this - which will improve performance without draining the battery life of the Surface Pro 5. Another issue that might be causing the delay is the upcoming Microsoft 10 update.

Tech Times notes that the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is expected to come with 16GB RAM, 4K Ultra HD display and will come with an improved Surface Pen and improved camera. Of course, there will be lower RAM options, which will give buys more choices depending on their needs.

Like what is expected in the new MacBook Pro, the Surface Pro 5 will also come with USB-C port, thus providing the same increase in speed, pixels, power and protocols. The devise will run Windows 10 Redstone 2 and sport either Nvidia Pascal or AMD Polaris GPUs.

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