Apple today unveiled its new and much-updated MacBook Pro, complete with a multi-touch strip at the top of the keyboard for quicker use of favorite apps.
The Cupertino company, in an event at its headquarters today, showed off a lighter, thinner and more functional laptop complete with retina display and touch ID.
“This week marks the 25th anniversary of Apple’s first notebook; through the years each generation has introduced new innovations and capabilities, and it’s fitting that this all-new generation of MacBook Pro is the biggest leap forward yet,” Apple senior vice-president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller said. “With the groundbreaking new Touch Bar, the convenience of Touch ID, the best Mac display ever, powerful performance, improved audio, blazing fast storage and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity in our thinnest and lightest pro notebook yet, the new MacBook Pro is the most advanced notebook ever made.”
The biggest change, of course, is the Touch Bar which adapts when using the system or apps such as Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, GarageBand and a number of third-party apps.
The Touch Bar, for example, can show tabs and favorites in Safari, offer easy access to emoji in Messages and make it easier to edit images or scrub through videos in Photos.
Touch ID, which Apple enthusiasts will recognize from their iPhones and iPads, has now been incorporated into the MacBook’s power button.
“Once you enroll your fingerprint in Touch ID on your MacBook Pro, you can quickly unlock your Mac, switch user accounts and make secure purchases with Apple Pay on the web with a single touch,” Apple explained in a press release. “Touch ID enables a quick, accurate reading of your fingerprint and uses sophisticated algorithms to recognize and match it with the Secure Enclave in the new Apple T1 chip.”
Run on macOS Sierra, the new MacBook Pro also boasts a larger trackpad, more responsive typing and better sound. Other key features include Siri integration, Universal Clipboard and Apple Pay on the Web.
Specs and Pricing
To order or for more details, head on over to apple.com/macbookpro.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.