Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar
Apple officially unveiled the new MacBook Pro at its Cupertino headquarters on Thursday (Oct. 27), which gets its first full overhaul since the Retina models debuted back in 2012.
The highlight is, as expected, the OLED touch strip.
Officially dubbed the Touch Bar, the new feature sits above a revamped keyboard, alongside a Touch TrackPad, which replaces the traditional function keys that have been standard since being introduced in 1971. It features a miniature Retina Display with integrated Multitouch, allowing the customizable Touch Bar to be used for traditional system functions like brightness and volume, as well as dynamically adapting to showcase relevant controls for increased efficiency
The Touch Bar can also be used for Apple's apps, as well as third-party apps like Photoshop. It features Touch ID integration and a brand new proprietary T1 chip with Secure Enclave, allowing users to make purchases that much easier. It can even be used for fast user switching if you set up multiple user accounts on the notebook.
As far as design, the new MacBook Pro is Apple’s thinnest and lightest ever. Aluminum on all sides, the 15-inch and 13-inch notebooks measure just 15.5mm and 14.9mm thin and weigh four and three lbs, respectively -- making them 14% and 17% thinner than their predecessors and a half-pound lighter. Furthermore, a newly revamped display is the best Retina yet. It is 67% brighter with 67% higher contrast, while displaying 25% more colors.
Under the hood, they are much more powerful as well. The 15-inch comes with an Intel quad-core i7 processor with 16GB memory, a Radeon Pro GPU, and up to 2TB of storage, while the 13-inch comes with either an Intel dual-core i5 or i7, 8GB memory and Intel Iris graphics with 64MB eDRAM. Both feature an all-new speaker design, advanced thermal architecture to run cooler and quieter, four Thunderbolt 3 ports and up to 10 hours of battery life.
If you want to keep those function keys, Apple is releasing a non-Touch Bar 13-inch Pro, which features a 2.0GHz dual-core i5, Intel Iris graphics and 8GB of memory along with two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
All three of the revamped MacBook Pros are available to order online now. However, only the non-Touch Bar 13-inch Pro is available, with a 2 or 3-week wait to get the Touch Bar & Touch ID 13-inch or 15-inch. The 13-inch Pro starts at $,1499 USD, while the two with Touch Bars start at $1,799 USD and $2,399 USD, respectively.