The new MacBook Pro is finally here, tis the season for Apple dies hards who have held onto their old MacBooks for years to upgrade. The engineering marvel has one marquee feature, that Apple calls the Touch Bar. With this Touch bar has found away of bringing some iPhone and iPad features to its laptops without implementing a full touch screen.
Touch bar has a matte finish which makes the buttons on it somehow feel a little more physical, and Apple ensured that it seems to be about on par with the brightness of the backlit keyboard. This Touch bar will house changing functions depending on the App you are using (hence the removal of the function button on the keyboard). Unfortunately there’s no haptic feedback on them, we think that would have been a great inclusion.
The Touch bar is a genius ‘touch’
One last neat thing on the Touch Bar: you can tap-and-hold on a bunch of buttons to get to functions faster. Long-press on Reply and you can slide over to Reply-All. Same for other buttons like volume control.
Right next to the Touch bar is the Power button that also has Touch ID. Just like on the iPhone, you can now unlock you MacBook with your fingerprint. The MacBook Pro now automatically powers on when you open it and that holding down the Touch ID button will turn the computer off.
The butterfly keyboard may not be for all
The keyboard is almost identical to the butterfly keyboard found on the tiny MacBook. That may not go down well with some people, but when Apple decides, the fans will follow. The keys as almost flush to the laptop with less travel we think this will be a sore spot for some people.
Apple has almost doubled the size of the trackpad, and has also included its palm-rejection software to enure your palms don’t accidentally interfere with whatever you are doing on your laptop. The screen is a beautiful Retina Display which is nothing more that what we expected from a 2016 laptop.
Thank Jesus, we still have a regular 3.5mm headphone jack
When it comes to connectivity ports, you’ll find 4 Thunderbolt / USB-C ports, a USB port and HDMI port. This means you can power the laptop using any of these four ports on top of data transfer. Now that Apple is selling a whole series of laptops that only use USB-C, the number of cables and accessories is going to skyrocket. Get ready for a dongles party. Look on the brightside, we still have
Getting down to hard numbers, the 13-inch model starts at
- For $1,499 for a basic model;
- No Touch Bar
- Two USB-C ports
- 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor,
- 256GB SSD.
For the $1,799 to $2,899 MacBook Pro;
- Touch Bar
- Four USB-C ports,
- 2.9GHz Core i5 processor, up to spec of a 3.3GHz dual-core i7, 1TB SSD, and 16GB of RAM.
All of the 15-inch models include the Touch Bar, and start at $2,399 for the base 2.6GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and an 2GB AMD Radeon Pro 450 graphics card. Prices max out at a whopping $4,299 for the most powerful MacBook Pro that Apple will sell you, with a 2.9GHz quad-core i7, 2TB SSD for storage, 4GB Radeon Pro 460, and 16GB of RAM.
The budget 13-inch model is available for purchase today to ship sometime next week, while the Touch Bar models can be ordered now but won’t ship until later in November.