M1 MacBook Pro 16” vs. MacBook Pro 15” (2016)

Here is a side by side comparison between M1 MacBook Pro 16” and MacBook Pro 15” (2016) specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

M1 MacBook Pro 16” image

M1 MacBook Pro 16”

MacBook Pro 15” (2016) image

MacBook Pro 15” (2016)

Key FeaturesM1 MacBook Pro 16”MacBook Pro 15” (2016)
At Glance
Released in Late
2021
16:10 XDR
16.2”
2234p 120Hz
Weight
4.7 lb
2.13 kg
Up to
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
10C/10T, 3.20 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,747
Single Core
Geekbench 5
12,185
Multi-Core
With integrated
Apple M1 Max iGPU
32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores
Configurable up to
64GB
Unified Memory
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Ports
Released in Late
2016
16:10 Retina
15.4”
1800p 60Hz
Weight
4.02 lb
1.82 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
4C/8T, 2.90 → 3.80 GHz
Geekbench 5
836
Single Core
Geekbench 5
3,321
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® HD Graphics 530
24 Execution Units, 350 → 1050 MHz
Up to
16GB
2133 MHz LPDDR3
Up to AMD
Radeon Pro 460
4GB GDDR5
AvailabilityM1 MacBook Pro 16”MacBook Pro 15” (2016)
Released20212016
Release Info
  • Announced on October 18, 2021.
  • Available on October 26, 2021.
  • Announced on October 27, 2016
  • Available on November 15, 2016
Pricing
  • $2,499
    M1 Pro 10-Core CPU 16-Core GPU 16GB 512GB
  • $2,699
    M1 Pro 10-Core CPU 16-Core GPU 16GB 1TB
  • $3,499
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 32GB 1TB
  • $3,899
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 1TB
  • $4,299
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 2TB
  • $4,899
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 4TB
  • $6,099
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 8TB
  • $2,399
    Intel Core i7 6700HQ | 16GB RAM | 256GB SSD | Radeon Pro 450
  • $2,799
    Intel Core i7 6820HQ | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | Radeon Pro 455
Generations-
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Price
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
By Apple
$2,499.00
Was: $2,699.00
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
By Apple
$2,299.00
Was: $2,499.00
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$2,116.44
MacBook Pro 15” (2016) Price
Late 2016 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 (15.4 inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB) Silver (Renewed)
Late 2016 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 (15.4 inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB) Silver (Renewed)
By Apple
$613.80
Apple 15in MacBook Pro, Retina, Touch Bar, 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 Quad Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Space Gray, MPTR2LL/A (Renewed)
Apple 15in MacBook Pro, Retina, Touch Bar, 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 Quad Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Space Gray, MPTR2LL/A (Renewed)
By Apple
$625.50
Apple MacBook Pro MLH42LL/A 15-inch Laptop with Touch Bar, 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 512GB, Retina Display, Space Gray (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Renewed)
Apple MacBook Pro MLH42LL/A 15-inch Laptop with Touch Bar, 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 512GB, Retina Display, Space Gray (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Renewed)
By Apple
$599.00
ExteriorM1 MacBook Pro 16”MacBook Pro 15” (2016)
Size Comparison
M1 MacBook Pro 16”MacBook Pro 15” (2016)
Dimensions
  • Height: 0.66 inch (1.68 cm)
  • Width: 14.01 inches (35.57 cm)
  • Depth: 9.77 inches (24.81 cm)
13.75” x 9.48” x 0.61” (349.3 mm x 240.7 mm x 155 mm)
Weight
  • 4.7 pounds (2.1 kg)
    M1 Pro models.
  • 4.8 pounds (2.2 kg)
    M1 Max models.
Starting at 4.02 pounds (1.83 kg)
Colors
Space Gray Silver
Space Gray Silver
Keyboard and TrackpadBacklit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys including 12 full-height function keys and 4 arrow keys in an inverted-T arrangement
  • Touch ID
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures
Backlit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 64 (U.S.) or 65 (ISO) keys including 4 arrow keys
  • Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures
DisplayM1 MacBook Pro 16”MacBook Pro 15” (2016)
Size16.2 Inches15.4 Inches
Info
  • Liquid Retina XDR display
    • 16.2-inch (diagonal) Liquid Retina XDR display;10 3456-by-2234 native resolution at 254 pixels per inch
  • XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range)
    • Up to 1000 nits sustained (full-screen) brightness, 1600 nits peak brightness
    • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
    • Color
      1 billion colors Wide color (P3) True Tone technology
  • Refresh rates
    • ProMotion technology for adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz
    • Fixed refresh rates: 47.95Hz, 48.00Hz, 50.00Hz, 59.94Hz, 60.00Hz
 
Retina display
  • 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 native resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1920 by 1200
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1280 by 800
    • 1024 by 640
  • 500 nits brightness
  • Wide color gamut (P3)
PortsM1 MacBook Pro 16”MacBook Pro 15” (2016)
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Ports
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Ports
Image Source: Apple
Left (4)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Charging
  • 1 x MagSafe 3
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Right (3)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Charging
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x full-size SD card slot
MacBook Pro 15” (2016) Ports
Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB‑C) ports with support for:
  • Charging
  • DisplayPort
  • Thunderbolt (up to 40Gb/s)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)
Internal SpecsM1 MacBook Pro 16”MacBook Pro 15” (2016)
Processor
  1. Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  2. Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  1. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.60 → 3.50 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 45W
  2. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6820HQ
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.70 → 3.60 GHz, 8 MB Smart Cache, 45W
  3. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6920HQ
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.90 → 3.80 GHz, 8 MB Smart Cache, 45W
Geekbench 5 Single Core
M1 MacBook Pro 16”1
Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)1,73799.43%
2
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)1,747100.00%
MacBook Pro 15” (2016)1
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ79845.68%
2
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6820HQ82647.28%
3
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6920HQ83647.85%
01,747
Geekbench 5 Multi Core
M1 MacBook Pro 16”1
Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)11,98898.38%
2
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)12,185100.00%
MacBook Pro 15” (2016)1
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ3,07325.22%
2
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6820HQ3,14225.79%
3
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6920HQ3,32127.25%
012,185
Integrated Graphics
  1. Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
    Apple M1 Pro iGPU
    16 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  2. Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
    Apple M1 Max iGPU
    32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  1. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ
    Intel® HD Graphics 530
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1050 MHz
  2. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6820HQ
    Intel® HD Graphics 530
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1050 MHz
  3. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6920HQ
    Intel® HD Graphics 530
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1050 MHz
Memory
16GB 32GB 64GB
Unified Memory
16GB
of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
Discrete Graphics-
  • AMD Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
  • AMD Radeon Pro 455 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
  • AMD Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
Storage
512GB 1TB 2TB 4TB 8TB
SSD
256GB 512GB
configurable to 1TB or 2TB SSD
ConnectivityM1 MacBook Pro 16”MacBook Pro 15” (2016)
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 wireless technologyBluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
BatteryM1 MacBook Pro 16”MacBook Pro 15” (2016)
Size100 Wh lithium‑polymer battery76 Wh lithium‑polymer battery
Battery Life
  • Up to 14 hours wireless web
  • Up to 21 hours of Apple TV app movie playback
  • Up to 10 hours wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours Apple TV app movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
Power Supply140W USB‑C Power Adapter 
Charging up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with included USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable.
87W USB‑C Power Adapter
SoftwareM1 MacBook Pro 16”MacBook Pro 15” (2016)
OSShipped with macOS MontereyShipped with macOS Sierra
Built-in Apps
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player
Camera & AudioM1 MacBook Pro 16”MacBook Pro 15” (2016)
Camera1080p FaceTime HD camera 
Advanced image signal processor with computational video.
720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • High-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-canceling woofers
  • Wide stereo sound
  • Support for spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos on built-in speakers
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking when using AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max
  • Studio-quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones
  • Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
  • Three microphones
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
MiscM1 MacBook Pro 16”MacBook Pro 15” (2016)
SensorsTouch ID sensor
  • Touch ID sensor
Security
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Apple T1 Chip
In the box
  • 16‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 140W USB‑C Power Adapter
  • USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable (2 m)
  • 15‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 87W USB‑C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)
WarrantyYour MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage every 12 months, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.Your MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one‑year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.
More
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at 1 billion colors and:
    • Up to two external displays with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors (M1 Pro) or
    • Up to three external displays with up to 6K resolution and one external display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors (M1 Max)
  • Thunderbolt 4 digital video output
    • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
    • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)
  • HDMI digital video output
    • Support for one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz
    • DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
Video Support
Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colors and:
  • Up to two displays with 5120-by-2880 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors
  • Up to four displays with 4096-by-2304 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors
Thunderbolt 3 digital video output
  • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
  • VGA, HDMI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Price
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
By Apple
$2,499.00
Was: $2,699.00
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
By Apple
$2,299.00
Was: $2,499.00
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$2,116.44
MacBook Pro 15” (2016) Price
Late 2016 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 (15.4 inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB) Silver (Renewed)
Late 2016 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 (15.4 inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB) Silver (Renewed)
By Apple
$613.80
Apple 15in MacBook Pro, Retina, Touch Bar, 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 Quad Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Space Gray, MPTR2LL/A (Renewed)
Apple 15in MacBook Pro, Retina, Touch Bar, 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 Quad Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Space Gray, MPTR2LL/A (Renewed)
By Apple
$625.50
Apple MacBook Pro MLH42LL/A 15-inch Laptop with Touch Bar, 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 512GB, Retina Display, Space Gray (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Renewed)
Apple MacBook Pro MLH42LL/A 15-inch Laptop with Touch Bar, 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 512GB, Retina Display, Space Gray (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Renewed)
By Apple
$599.00

M1 MacBook Pro 16” vs. MacBook Pro 15” (2016): Comparison Review

Here is our comparison review between M1 MacBook Pro 16” and MacBook Pro 15” (2016).

M1 MacBook Pro 16” vs. MacBook Pro 15” (2016)

Apple has released the M1 MacBook Pro 16”, a 16.2-inch machine, in late-2021. It is powered by up to 10-core Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G). The laptop has an integrated graphics option up to Apple M1 Max iGPU (32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores).

On the other hand, we have the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 15” was introduced by Apple about five years earlier in late-2016. It comes with up to a quad-core Intel Core i7-6920HQ with a boost clock speed up to 3.80 GHz. It has a dedicated GPU option up to AMD Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB GDDR5.

The M1 MacBook Pro 16” has a 16.2-inch display which is slightly larger than the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 15” (2016). In addition, the M1 MacBook Pro 16” weighs 4.7 lbs. about 16% heavier than the 4.02 lbs. MacBook Pro 15” (2016). Moreover, measured at 14.01” x 9.77” x 0.66”, the M1 MacBook Pro 16” is considerably bulkier than the MacBook Pro 15” (2016) at 13.75” x 9.48” x 0.61”.

Moving over to upgradability, you can't make any upgrades on both devices. All major components including memory and storage are soldered on to the motherboard. So make sure you get the specs that work best for your current and future workload.

Here are some notable new features we found on the M1 MacBook Pro 16”.

  • All-New MacBook Pro Design - the new design focus on functionality and performance. It has a larger chassis that provides more room for an advanced thermal system that can move 50 percent more air than the previous generation.
  • New M1 Pro and M1 Max Chip - The new 16” MacBook Pro features the new M1 Pro, and M1 Max applies a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture. Both processors feature fast unified memory and increased memory bandwidth up to 400GB/s, 8-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, and with best-in-class performance per watt and industry-leading power efficiency.
  • New Liquid Retina XDR with ProMotion Display - featuring mini-LED technology used in iPad Pro, the Liquid Retina XDR display delivers up to 1,000 nits of sustained, full-screen brightness, an incredible 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
  • Better Battery Life - It delivers up to 21 hours of video playback, which is seven additional hours compared to the previous-generation MacBook Pro.

For MacBook Pro 15” (2016), there are also some outstanding new features that we want to point out as well including:

  • 6th-gen Intel Skylake Core i7 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.8 GHz
  • Up to 16GB of LPDDR3 memory
  • Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 2GB or 4GB of video memory in every configuration
  • Up to 2TB of SSD storage
  • Apple T1 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

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