Apple Announces New MacBook Pros

Apple today hosted its “Hello Again” Mac event this morning, where it debuted a newly redesigned MacBook Pro with an integrated “Touch Bar” panel that supports multi-touch and a range of gestures to unlock new capabilities in apps. It also killed off a bunch of other models as well. There are two models. A 13″ model and a 15″ model.

The 13-inch model features a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. The 13-inch model has Intel Iris Graphics.

The 15-inch version has a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. The 15-inch MacBook Pro features Radeon Pro discrete graphics.

Both models claim to have “up to 2.3 times the graphics performance” of the previous generation. Plus Apple claims to have the brightest, most colorful notebook display ever with images that are more vivid and lifelike thanks to the screen’s 500 nits of brightness. That means the new screen is now 67 percent brighter than the previous generation MacBook Pro, has 67 percent more contrast, but consuming 30% less power. The MacBook Pro now has four Thunderbolt 3 ports, any of which can be used to charge the laptop, and Apple has officially killed off with MagSafe charging on its MacBook Pro line. We’ll see how well that works as MagSafe is a popular feature for MacBook Pro users. The biggest addition to the MacBook Pro is the new “Touch Bar,” which sits atop the keyboard and officially replaces the function keys on the laptop. Touch Bar is application specific and adapts to what’s on screen, be it scrolling through months in Calendar, choosing an album in Photos, selecting emoji in Messages, and many more, including third-party apps like Microsoft Office. The keyboard is improved, and so are the speakers. Finally, there’s Touch ID that integrated into these new MacBook Pros. It can be used for authentication and Apple Pay.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,799 USD, while the 15-inch starts at $2,399 USD. Both are available for order today.

If you want to see a video for the “Hello Again” event, click here to see it.

 

 

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