After months of rumours, Apple has finally made the announcement that we have been waiting for, the release of a brand new Mac machine, finally.
On the 25th anniversary of Apple’s first notebook announcement, the PowerBook, Apple revealed the release of a new MacBook Pro, and it’s a lot like we expected, featuring an integrated OLED touchpad above the keyboard, which will take over from the function keys.
It features a sleek unibody aluminum design and is said to be the thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro ever with 13-inch and 15-inch designs.
The 13-inch version is 14.9mm thin, which is 17% thinner and has 23% less volume than the previous version, and it weighs just 3 pounds.
The 15-inch version is 15.5mm thin, which 14% thinner and has 20% less volume than the previous version, weighing just 4 pounds, which is pretty impressive.
There’s also a new Force Touch trackpad that is 2x larger than the previous version of the MacBook Pro, with a new keyboard design that has the 2nd-gen butterfly mechanism that is more responsive.
But of course, the biggest new feature is the OLED touchpad on top of the keyboard.
Called Touch Bar, it replaces all of the standard keys that existed before, using touch functions to allow you to use various buttons, but also being able to change according to the app that you are using, or even the website that you are using, with controls and tools that can provide buttons for important tools that you use a lot of the time, as well as easy access to old buttons like the volume.
It will even be able to provide suggestions on-the-fly whilst you are typing, allowing you to quickly tap suggestions, instead of taking your hands away from the keyboard.
And to top to off, this Touch Bar even features an integrated Touch ID button, which integrates with a new chip to provide Touch ID unlocking for the Mac, and integration with Apple Pay.
You will also be able to customise the Touch Bar right from MacOS, from app to app, with a bra that will let you drag and drop an icon that is shown on the main display, to the display of the Touch Bar.
And this will be saved from user to user, so your customizations stay with your profile and pop up as soon as you sign in.
To get back to the main display, it features 67^high contrast, 25% more colours and is 67% brighter.
Inside the 15-inch Mac there’s an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, with a Radeon Pro GPU with up to 4GB of VRAM. The storage is also up to 2TB with up to 3.1GB/s speeds.
To cool this, Apple has integrated a new cooling design.
They also added a new speaker system to the MacBook for a better sound.
The 13-inch has either a dual-core Intel i5 or i7 processor, with a 64MB eDRAM Intel Iris GPU and that same 3.1GB/s speedy SSD.
There’s also a total of four Thunderbolt 3, which uses the USB Type-C connector, that can all work as power, Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, or VGA.
It will also come with up to 10 hours of battery life according to Apple.
The new MacBook Pro will run macOS Sierra and it will be available in three configurations, one 13-inch with the function keys, a 13-inch model with the new available with the Touch Bar and finally the 15-inch model also with a Touch Bar.
They will be priced at from $1499, $1799 and $2399 (£1,499, £1,749, £2,349) respecively, the model with the function keys will be available from today, and the models with the new Touch Bar will be shipping in 2-3 weeks.