Friday, October 28, 2016

Apple launches MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple has finally updated its MacBook Pro family, and it now comes with a curious OLED touchscreen strip in the place of the function keys - and Touch ID as well.

The new MacBook Pro comes in 13 and 15" versions, thinner and lighter than the previous generations, with 8GB and 16GB RAM, SSD up to 2TB, and ditching all the assorted array of ports it used to have. Now you get 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, which can be used for charging, HDMI, DisplayPort, etc... via adapters. Curious enough, the headphone jack is still present. These 4 ports allow you to connect up to four Ultra HD 4K monitors at once, or two 5K monitors, all at 60Hz to ensure everything's as smooth as possible - though Apple didn't launch new monitors... instead it's recommending you buy LG's 4K and 5K monitors.

The keyboard has keys using a revised mechanism, and the trackpad is now much larger, but the thing that will grab your attention is the Touch Bar.

Gone are the fixed function keys and in its place we have a OLED strip that can act as a secondary screen for whatever you're doing on screen. I find it rather nice, though I can't stop wondering: why stop at just a tiny strip? Why didn't Apple go full-in and use a touchscreen OLED instead of the trackpad? That would surely be even better! :)

The only bad thing is the price... The 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starts at $1799; the 15" goes up to $2399.

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