Apple today introduced its updated MacBook Pro, touting it as thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessor and replacing traditional function keys with the Touch Bar – a dynamic touchscreen toolbar.
Key updates include:
- The Touch Bar replaces static function keys with dynamic touchscreen controls;
- Brighter Retina display;
- Touch ID;
- New keyboard design;
- Larger Force Touch trackpad;
- Audio system with double the dynamic range;
- The most powerful MacBook Pro ever, featuring sixth-generation quad-core and dual-core processors;
- Up to 2.3 times the graphics performance over the previous generation;
- Faster SSDs; and
- Up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports.
The Touch Bar replaces static function keys with a touchscreen toolbar that adapts when using the system or apps like Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro X and others
For example, the Touch Bar can show Tabs and Favorites in Safari, enable easy access to emoji in Messages, provide a simple way to edit images or scrub through videos in Photos and more.
Here’s the official video intro:
The new MacBook Pro’s Retina display is brighter, thinner and supports wider color gamut.
The display is 67 percent brighter than the previous generation, features 67 percent more contrast and is the first Mac notebook display to support wider color gamut. And the display consumes 30 percent less energy than before.The Most
The new MacBook Pro features sixth-generation dual-core Core i5 with eDRAM, dual-core Core i7 with eDRAM and quad-core Core i7 Intel processors.
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro features Radeon Pro discrete graphics, delivering up to 2.3 times more performance than the previous generation; while the 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with Intel Iris Graphics that are up to two times faster than before.
All models feature SSDs with sequential read speeds over 3GBps and Thunderbolt 3, which consolidates data transfer, charging and twice the video bandwidth in a single port — letting you drive a 5K display and power their MacBook Pro with a single cable.
The new MacBook Pro also offers larger Force Touch trackpads — 46 percent larger on the 13-inch MacBook Pro and twice as large on the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Pricing and Availability
- 13-Inch MacBook Pro – Starts at $1,499 (US), features a 2.0 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, and ships today. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at Apple.com.
- 13-Inch MacBook Pro – Starts at $1,799 (US), and features the Touch Bar and Touch ID, a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, and ships in two to three weeks. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at Apple.com.
- 15-Inch MacBook Pro – Starts at $2,399 (US), features the revolutionary Touch Bar and Touch ID, a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, and ships in two to three weeks. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at Apple.com.