Apple Unveils New Slimmer and Lighter MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID

“The Mac is more than a product to us. It’s a testament to everything we do and create at Apple,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook at today’s “Hello again” Mac event as he unveiled long-expected updates to Pro notebooks. The new MacBook Pro has, as rumored, a programmable OLED touch bar substituting the function key row, called Touch Bar.

There’s also a Touch ID sensor powered by a new Apple-designed T1 chip. Like its predecessor, the new MacBook Pro comes in 13 and 15-inch flavors and each is available in Silver or Space Gray finish.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is 14.9mm thin, 17% thinner from the existing 13-inch MacBook Pro. It is also 23 percent smaller in volume and half-a-pound lighter than the existing model at 3 pounds (1.36kg).

As for the 15-inch MacBook Pro, it is now 15.5m thin, down from 18mm thickness of the existing model. It weighs 4 pounds making it 0.5 pounds lighter than existing model.

All 15-inch MacBook Pro models come with Intel’s Core i7 processor, DDR4 RAM running at 2133MHz, and AMD’s Radeon Pro GPU that is based on 14nm fabrication process. The SSD is now also up to 50 percent faster and can reach speeds of up to 3.1GB/s. The new thermal architecture ensures that the 15-inch MacBook Pro remains cool even when under heavy load. The speakers have also received an upgrade and now produce 2x more dynamic range.

The 15-incher weighs in at 4 pounds, is fourteen percent thinner and has twenty percent less volume. The biggest news is the new Touch Bar feature. Touch Bar, as mentioned, provides one-touch access to all of the functions previously provided by dedicated hardware function keys, and then some more.

It is the first Mac notebook display to support a wider color gamut. Both new machines have four Thunderbolt 3 ports providing a whopping 30GB/s bandwidth and allowing users to drive a 5K display and power their MacBook Pro with a single cable.


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