Everything You Need To Know About The New MacBook Pro

By Amanda Kim on

Apple's new Macbook Pro has been receiving plenty of backlash for several reasons. The first being that, it's certainly more expensive and intended to be enjoyed as a premium Apple product rather than for strictly professional use. Disappointments from the absence of the headphone jack in the iphone 7 are carrying over to the new Macbook Pro, due to the fact that Apple has not released a professional Macbook Pro in years. 

Although faster at processing, the new Pro maxes out at 16GB of RAM which is decent for an average consumer but not for the likes of creatives or developers. Many professionals are upset that Apple has in a way watered down the macbook line to please the masses or add meaningless functions like a thinner design instead of catering to the needs of digital creatives or business people. (Verge)

For the new Macbook itself here's the breakdown:

The three models now available for pre-order include:

  • The 13-inch MacBook Pro model without Touch bar ($1499)
  • The 13-inch MacBook Pro model with Touch bar ($1799)
  • The 15-inch MacBook Pro model with Touch bar ($1999)

The 15-inch with Touch Bar and Touch ID has

  • 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor.
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz.
  • 256GB PCIe-based SSD.
  • 16GB of 2133MHz memory.
  • Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB of memory.
  • Force Touch trackpad.
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The Details:

  • Touch Bar is a thin display on top of the keyboard that replaced the function keys.
  • Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the righthand end for Apple Pay payments without your iPhone.
  • Force Touch trackpad with a range of degrees to touch pressure. You can swipe or tap with two fingers at once. 
  • A new metal Apple logo in the place of its renowned light-up one.
  • Built-in speakers with twice the dynamic range of audio than the last generation MacBook.
  • Yes, it has a headphone jack but no traditional USB ports and instead has USB-C ports. The MacBook Air is now the only Apple laptop with standard USB ports.
  • Much larger trackpad especially in the 15-inch (twice as large).
  • (Macworld UK)


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