New MacBook Pro 2016

MacBook Pro

Apple’s keynote focused on the Mac and the company’s vision idea for the future of TV. New MacBook Pro is released. It is the one that’s thinner than the Macbook Air and has a new feature called the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar replaces the function keys and adjusts to the software a laptop is running. Overall, it was a small event with no much news, but enough exciting.

Apple’s first laptop, PowerBook has entered its 25th anniversary. This makes it a particularly fitting time for (finally) an update to the MacBook Pro. The new MacBook Pro has made the function keys defunct with an OLED touch strip that Apple calls as the “Touch Bar”.

The design itself has been slimmed down from its previous Retina MacBook Pro. It is 14-17 percent thinner and almost a half-pound lighter too. The MacBook Pro is available in 13-inch and 15-inch models, in silver and space grey colors. It also brings over the Force Touch trackpad and an updated second-generation butterfly switch from the 12-inch MacBook.

For the 15-inch model, Apple’s offering a quad-core Core i7 processor, AMD Radeon Pro graphics with up to 4GB of video memory, and up to 16 GB of RAM. Whereas the 13-inch version will offer either Core i5 or i7 processors and an Intel Iris GPU. There are a 3.5 mm headphone jack, 4 Type-C USB Thunderbolt 3 ports. Any of these ports can be used to charge the computer. The SD card slot has been removed.

Touch Bar replaces the function keys :

MacBook Pro

The Touch Bar was the showstopper. The retina display bar replaces the keyboard’s function keys. The Touch Bar responds to touch and gestures. It also changes with software. So if a user is in a web browser, it will bring up bookmarks, as well as the option to add a new tab, move between tabs, or navigate to a different website. In Photos, editing controls pop up. Users can slide their finger across the Touch Bar to browse photos, change filters, or resize. Similarly to the Dock, users can control what defaults show up on their Touch Bar, including system controls. The system control can also be immediately accessed by holding down function key on the keyboard. Overall, it seems to present an alternative to a touchscreen.

Touch ID comes to the MacBook Pro :

MacBook Pro

Touch ID is also integrated next to the Touch Bar. It is built right into the power button. It uses the same faster second-generation Touch ID sensor from iPhone 6S / 7 with a sapphire cover. It also includes a new T1 chip with a local secure enclave for Apple Pay security. Touch ID also can be used for multi-user machines by simply tapping the button which quickly switches between accounts.

LG UltraFine 5K Display

MacBook Pro

LG built a 5K display specifically for the new MacBook Pro. Apple executive, Phil Schiller called it the “ultimate docking station”. This is so called because it can simultaneously display from the laptop while charging it. One Macbook Pro can support two of them.

Professional applications get updates :

MacBook Pro

Apple showed off an update for various professional applications for the MacBook Pro. The new Final Cut Pro supports the Touch Bar. It can show an interactive view of the video timeline even while the video is playing fullscreen. It includes contextual controls for things such as audio sliders. Apple also showed off similar kinds of Touch Bar integration with Adobe Photoshop, and DJ Pro. Other apps with announced support include Microsoft Office, Pixelmator, Sketch, and DaVinci Resolve.

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