Apple has unveiled their new refreshed line of MacBook Pro laptops, with two new 13-inch models and a single higher-end 15-inch model that rocks Radeon Pro 450 graphics from AMD.
The lower-end 13-inch MBP features a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor at 2GHz, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports and Intel Iris Graphics 540 - but it's the higher-end 13-inch MBP where the fun begins.
Specs, Including AMD Radeon Pro Graphics
Apple has refreshed its MacBook Pro line up with some slightly beefier hardware, with Apple noting the new display on the MacBook Pro is 67% brighter, 67% higher contrast, and has 25% more colors than the MacBook.
The higher-end 15-inch MBP features a quad-core processor from Intel in the form of a Core i7 CPU, with 16GB of 2133MHz RAM, an SSD up to 2TB, and AMD's new Radeon Pro 450 GPU. The new 15-inch MBP will be much faster than its predecessor, with a 130% jump over the 3D graphics specs compared to its predecessor.
Apple's higher-end 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models come with 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports, with two on each side - but all of them support USB-C, so you'll be fine. There is no SD card reader, which might leave some people (myself included) a little upset.
The 13-inch MBP is also much thinner, coming in at just 14.9mm thick compared to the older model which is much thicker, at 18mm.
Touch Bar + Touch ID
Apple's higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro rocks the new Touch Bar and Touch ID features, with the Touch Bar at the top of the MBP being the big OLED strip we've been hearing rumors about for months. The Touch Bar responds to both gestures and taps, with Apple noting that it will work in specific software like Safari - where your bookmarks and a back button will be displayed. If you're using iPhoto, then you'll have buttons to help flip through your pictures and edit them.
Fingerprint security is now a thing with the MacBook Pro, with Apple including a Touch ID sensor in the Touch Bar, which is in the far right-hand side where the power button used to reside.
BGR notes that the new Touch Bar can serve as a "handy autocorrect tool", so if you're like me and live inside of Word, emails, or right now - inside of Chrome writing this content, the Touch Bar will really help your workflow. You can even throw in some emojis from the Touch Bar, which is a nice addition.
Battery Life & macOS Sierra
Apple noted that the new MacBook Pro rocks the latest OS from the company, macOS Sierra, which should provide around 10 hours of battery life.
Pricing & Availability
- 13-inch MacBook Pro - $1499
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (Touch Bar/Touch ID) - $1799
- 15-inch MacBook Pro (Touch Bar/Touch ID) - $2399
Apple will begin taking orders of the new MacBook Pro models this week, with the two Touch Bar-capable models to start shipping in the next 2-3 weeks.
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