It’s finally here. The new MacBook Pro. Coming in 13 inch and 15 inch options. It has a 2x larger trackpad with Force Touch and a 2nd-gen butterfly mechanism for the keyboard. The 15-inch is 14% thinner, 20% smaller and weighs 4 lbs. A half pound less than last gen. The 13-inch is 17% thinner than the last generation, weighing in at 3 lbs. A half pound less than last generation. They both come in silver and space grey.
Apple unveiled the new touch screen panel on the keyboard named ‘Touch bar’. The Touch Bar replaces the old standard function keys with a Retina display that responds to gestures. The Touch Bar also includes the Touch ID. A sapphire-covered power button. The Touch Bar supports multi-touch. It also uses an integrated Apple T1 chip to secure your Apple Pay/Touch ID. You can customize the Touch Bar as well.
The Macbook Pro’s specs are an improvement the last gen. The screen is 67% brighter, 67% higher contrast ratio and 25% more colors. Internally, the new Macbook Pro has a Intel Core i7 Quad-core. A Radeon Pro video card, up to 4GB VRAM, up to 2.3x faster. As well as a SSD up to 2TB, up to 3.1GB/s. There are Four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, that supports USB 3.1, A DisplayPort 1.2. This is great because every port can be used as a charging port. For those that are worried, the headphone jack is still there. The new Macbook Pro has up to 10 hours of battery life. All around, a better Macbook Pro than the last generation.
Apple collaborated with LG Display on a new 5k Display for Macs. The Macbook Pro can run up to two 5K displays. They also demoed Final Cut and Photoshop with the performance of the new Macbook Pro and the Touch Bar. Showing the synergy of the Touch Bar and applications.
The 13 inch will be $1499. The 14 inch will be $1799 and the 15″ will be $2399. Orders begin today. Entry level Macbook Pros without Touch Bar ships today, the other models ship in 2-3 weeks.