Apple has just introduced new 2016 MacBook Pro. It is a much awaited and much meaningful update on a Macbook since some time. The last major “upgrade” came around 2 years back in the form of a force touch trackpad. It has now done away with an entire row of physical keys that we’ve been used to see since the start on every personal computer.
The New MacBook Pro has an OLED touch strip called “Touch bar” that was rumored earlier. It responds to both taps and gestures. It is basically a thin multi-touch sensitive display that shows different settings and shortcuts based on what you’re doing on the screen. You can adjust display, volume or screen brightness easily. Touch Bar lets you scroll through the favorite sites and lets you open them with just a tap.
Apple has also included a Touch ID, a fingerprint sensor, on the right of the Touch Bar. Touch ID is protected by a sapphire glass cover. The Touch ID can be used to authenticate payments. The MacBook Pro 2016 is thinner and lighter than the previous versions. The 13-inch version weighs 3 pounds in all and is 14.9 mm thick.
It houses a larger Touch trackpad and a second generation butterfly mechanism keyboard. In terms of display, the new Macbook has a 67 percent brighter display with better contrast ratio and also displays more color than the previous version.
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In terms of hardware specifications, the 15-inch MacBook Pro has a quad-core sixth-generation Intel Core i7 chip and 2,133mHz memory. It comes with 16GB RAM and an ATI Radeon Pro graphics card with 4GB RAM.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro has either sixth-gen Core i5 or i7 processors and Intel Iris Pro graphics. It comes with 8 GB RAM and same memory. The newMacBook Pro has a 3.5mm headphone jack and no SD-Card slot or any other port.
Apple has done away with the MagSafe charging port in favor of Thunderbolt 3 powered USB-C ports. This would mean all 4 ports can be used to power the device as well as Thunderbolt, USB, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, and more.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro will start at $2399, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will start at $1799. A less-powerfull MacBook Pro 13-inch without the Touch Bar starts at $1499. The new MacBook Pros go on sale today and will be shipping in the next few weeks and the low-end version is shipping immediately.