Yesterday saw Apple release the new version of its MacBook Pro laptop which now comes with an OLED touchscreen on the keyboard which can now insert emoji into text. So what’s new?
The new MacBook Pro is thinner, lighter and has a fingerprint scanner. It includes Apple’s rollout of USB-C, which began last year with the MacBook. It has 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports on each side, around 4 in total which are used for power and connectivity. Even though that's all good and great, there are still no standard USB type A ports, which are claimed as the global standard and are also used by Apple for their Lightning cable, which comes with all iPhones.
This model does not come with a HDMI port, the 2 Thunderbolt ports that doubled as a mini DisplayPort the last model did, so users will need to purchase adapters to use existing accessories. The absence of MagSafe power adapter is also slightly disappointing. But it does come with a 3.5mm headphone socket!
One of the biggest changes was the actual design with the new OLED touch panel above the standard keyboard. This replaces the multi-function “F” keys and gives users more variable shortcuts such as volume control.
The touch bar can be used for things such as navigation in browsers, photo manipulation and text suggestion when typing. It can also insert emojis and make suggestions without leaving the keyboard. The Apple Touch ID fingerprint scanner is located at the right end of the strip, this is also integrated into the power button, which is much like the one fitted to the iPhone and iPad and can unlock the laptop and confirm payments.
The new 13in MacBook Pro is claimed to be equipped with a dual-core version of the Intel i5 or i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB storage and Intel’s Iris 550 integrated graphics chip with 103% faster gaming performance and 76% faster video editing and 3D graphics performance than ever before.
However, the new 15in MacBook Pro is much more powerful, with a quad-core version of Intel’s i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 256 of storage. AMD Radeon Pro 450 graphics chips that offer up to 4GB of video RAM are also included, and with 130% faster 3D graphics, 60% faster gaming and 57% faster video editing, this version is just fantastic!
With up to 10 hours of battery life, this just gets better. So when can you get your hands on them? Well, the new MacBook Pro will be for sale immediately and will ship in 2 to 3 weeks. The 13in version costs $1,799/£1,749, and the 15in costing $2,399/£2,349. A lower spec is being created in the 13in version without the Touch Bar, Touch ID and with only 2 Thunderbolt ports costing $1,499 / $1,449, these will ship immediately.
The 13in MacBook Air has been kept, but the smaller version has had the cut. No announcements for updates on the Mac Pro or iMac desktop computers were made.
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