Apple Unveils the New Macbook Pro, Featuring the Touch Bar With Touch ID

Apple's Macbook Pro gets its first design refresh in four years
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Apple's Macbook Pro gets its first design refresh in four years
Image via: Apple

Image via: Apple

At its press event today in Cupertino, Apple revealed the all new MacBook Pro, representing the first design refresh in over four years. As expected, the major new feature is a secondary retina-quality display between the keyboard and screen, replacing the usual row of function keys. Dubbed the Touch Bar, the OLED strip is a small multitouch screen that responds to gestures and taps to perform a wide variety of tasks, ranging from typing suggestions to displaying tools for various apps, and it automatically adapts to whatever you're doing. It also includes a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, meaning you can log into your Mac with just your fingerprint. It will also work with Apple Pay, and it also provides fast user switching. 

As with previous models, the build is all aluminum, though the 15-inch and 13-inch models are smaller and thinner than their predecessors. The 15-inch weighs in at just 4lbs, a full half pound lighter than the old MacBook Pro. The display has the same resolution as the old models, but is 67% brighter and has 25% more colors. Under the hood is a quad-core Intel i7 processor with new AMD Polaris graphics for the 15-inch model, and dual-core for the 13-inch with Intel's integrated graphics. The base RAM configuraiton is 8GB for the 13-inch and 16GB for the 15-inch.

Additional revisions include a new giant trackpad with Force Touch, and a new keyboard using the same butterfly key mechanism also seen on the most recent MacBook. Apple is ditching MagSafe and opting for a quartet of Thunderbolt 3 powered USB-C ports. Each can be used for power, Thunderbolt, USB, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, and more.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro will start at $2,399, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will start at $1,799. A 13-inch version with standard function keys starts at $1,499. They're available now at apple.com.

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