Apple revealed two new MacBook Pros.
Media event in Cupertino gave us the first look at the new professional laptops by Apple. The company announced two MacBook Pros – with a 13 and 15-inch screen, both boasting a lighter and thinner bodies. The 13-inch MacBook is just 14.9 mm thick, which is 17% less than the previous generation, while its volume is 23% less. It weighs 1.36kg. The 15-inch model has a thickness of 15.5 mm (a 14% reduction) and weighs 1.8 kg. Both notebooks will be offered in two colors – silver and space gray. Apple is using a much bigger touchpad for the new models, and improved keyboard.
But the real star of the event was a feature called ”Touch Bar” – a thin and long, touch-sensitive display that displaces the traditional function keys. From the Touch Bar, you can not only access all standard system buttons (brightness, volume control, etc.), but also specific app settings – the Touch Bar adapts to the app you are using at the moment. For example, If you open the browser, you will see your favorite tabs and the navigation buttons. Some of the apps already include support for Touch Bar – including Microsoft’s Office suite. The Touch Bar also allows you to confirm online purchases and log-in through the Touch ID sensor hidden in the OLED bar.
Both MacBook Pro machines comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports and that’s all – no MagSafe, no SD, no HDMI. That means you will need adapters to connect devices using standard USB ports, HDMI or other ports. Fortunately, at least the 3.5mm audio jack is here.
MacBook Pro with a 13-inch screen features a 6-gen Intel Core i5/i7 processor, Intel Iris Graphics and SSD. The basic model with 256 GB costs $1799.
The 15-inch model comes with an i7 processor, Radeon Pro graphics and up to 2TB SSD. The basic 256 GB model, with 16 GB RAM and i7 costs $2399.
In addition to the these two MacBook Pros, Apple announced another MacBook based on the 13-inch Pro, but without the Touch Bar. This model should replace the old 13-inch MacBook Air, starting from $1499.