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New MacBook Pro: Specs, Release Dates and Price

Apple just announced its new MacBook Pro model at its October 27 press event. The update to the MacBook Pro line is welcome, and new specs can be found below.

“You may not realize it, but this week happens to be a huge week,” Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said during the event. “This week marks the 25th anniversary of our first notebook.”

“For 25 years, we’ve been defining and redefining what a notebook is and what a note book can do. And today, we’re going to do it again,” he said.


Touch Bar

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The Touch Bar is context aware, and is shown here with email related options. (Apple)

The most major update to the MacBook Pro includes the addition of a “Touch Bar” where the function keys once were. The toolbar is an OLED touch display, independent from the main display, that shows context-aware menus depending on what the user is doing.

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Apple’s new MacBook Pro includes the Touch Toolbar in place of function keys. (Apple)

Apple’s Magic Toolbar was confirmed several days before the event, when the company accidentally leaked photos of the OLED touch toolbar with some Apple Pay promotional photos.

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The Touch Bar is also useful when looking through photo galleries, and allows users to scroll with the OLED touch panel. (Apple)

The Touch Bar adapts: in Safari, it shows links to favorite websites, search and back buttons, and can show quick type suggestions while a user is typing — similar to what users see on iPhones. The Touch Bar also has a fingerprint scanner in the power button to integrate Touch ID using a new chip apple is calling the Apple T1 Chip.

The Touch Bar can still allow the function keys to appear if a user holds the function key on the keyboard. In the meantime, the OLED bar changes automatically from app to app. It’s even customizable: there’s a palette of available buttons that users can click and drag into their Touch Bar.

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The new Touch Bar on Apple’s MacBook Pro has a fingerprint scanner built in, allowing users to use Apple Pay. (Apple)

Touch ID can also be used to share a machine — multiple users can unlock the same MacBook Pro.


Compared to Previous Generations

The new generation of MacBook Pro will be even thinner and lighter than the previous generation, at 17% thinner than the last MacBook Pro. The 13-inch version weighs only 3lbs, almost half a pound less than the previous version.

The new model will still come in 13- and 15-inch versions.

There’s a new Force Touch trackpad with a lot more space, a new keyboard with the same “butterfly” mechanism as in the most recent MacBook, and a replacement for the outdated function keys with Touch Bar.


2016 MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch Specifications

OS: MacOS (Sierra)

Size: 13-inch verison: 0.59″ x 11.97″ x 8.36″ 15-inch version: 0.61″ x 13.75″ x 9.48″

Weight: 13-inch: 3.02lbs, 15-inch: 4.02lbs

Storage: Up to 2TB SSD

Resolution: 2560 x 600 native resolution

Display: 13- or 15-inch Retina display (The display of the new MacBook Pro is 67% brighter, has 67% higher contrast and has 25% more colors)

Chipset: 6th Gen quad-core Intel i5 or i7

RAM: 8GB or 16GB

Graphics: Intel Iris graphics or AMD Polaris Radeon Pro

Battery: Up to 10 hours

Ports: Four Thunderbolt 3 ports (any can be used for charging, Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, VGA or HDMI)

Wireless: Unknown (will be updated)

Other Features: Advanced thermal architecture, all-new speaker design, Touch Bar

Colors: Silver and Space Grey

Cost: The 13-inch will start at $1,799 and the 15-inch will start at $2,399.


There’s a Third MacBook Pro?

Apple surprised the world with a third MacBook Pro to rival the MacBook Air. Specs are below. The main difference, other than some key specs, is that the Touch Bar will NOT be seen in this version.

OS: MacOS (Sierra)

Size: 0.59″ x 11.97″ x 8.36″

Weight: 3.02lbs

Storage: 256GB SSD

Resolution: 2560 x 600 native resolution

Display: 13-inch Retina display

Chipset: 6th Gen dual-core Intel i5

RAM: 8GB

Graphics: Intel Iris graphics

Battery: Up to 10 hours

Ports: Two Thunderbolt 3 ports (any can be used for charging, Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, VGA or HDMI)

Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible, Bluetooth 4.0

Other Features: Advanced thermal architecture, all-new speaker design

Colors: Silver and Space Gray

Cost: Starts at $1,499

The third MacBook Pro was a challenge to Apple’s engineers to create a MacBook Pro to rival the MacBook Air. It’s thinner than the MacBook Air at 13.9mm, and has a 13″ display.


Pricing and Release

All models are available to order today, and the least-powerful MacBook Pro model ships today, while the other models ship in 2-3 weeks.

The 13-inch lower-end MacBook Pro will start at $1,499, the 13-inch will start at $1,799 and the 15-inch will start at $2,399.

Order them here.

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