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Apple Launches New MacBook Pro, Features Touch Bar, TouchID and Apple Pay

Apple Launches New MacBook Pro, Features Touch Bar, TouchID and Apple Pay
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After a long wait, Apple unveiled the new MacBook Pro. It’s more powerful, thinner, and more appealing. Apple has also added a secondary display, which is also a touchscreen, that shows contextual tools and suggestions for faster input. Apple, however, decided to show some more courage and replaced the vital ports by four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports.

As a highlight feature, Apple has added a secondary display between the main screen and keyboard. This tiny Retina display is actually a touchscreen called Touch Bar. It has replaced the physical Escape key and the complete row of function keys. This intelligent display recognizes the application that you’re using and shows you different contextual tools and typing suggestions.

The new generation MacBook Pros excels in portability with reduced dimensions and weight. The 13-inch variant is just 14.9 mm thin which is 17 percent less than its predecessor. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is 14 percent slimmer than its previous version with a maximum thickness of 15.5-inch. The latest laptop comes with a second generation Touch ID fingerprint sensor placed at the right corner of Touch Bar.

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The display of the new MacBook Pro looks beautiful, the specifications look promising. But, the port situation on the laptop looks like one step forward, one step back.

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                                                                      That’s all you get

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Apple MacBook Pro 2016 comes in three different variants. A 13-inch model without the Touch Bar, a normal 13-inch one and the top-end 15-inch version. Read on to know about each of the different models.

Apple might argue that USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 are the ports of the future, they are smaller in size, they offer faster data transfer and whatnot. But, these arguments don’t make sense to a user, and it shouldn’t, who has tons of devices. Now, you’ll need a dongle to connect all your devices, including your own iPhone. While Apple is calling wireless the future, it’s pushing the users to carry around more dongles and cables.

 

 

Specifications of 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro 2016 (without Touch Bar)

  • 13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD with 2560 x 1600 resolution, 500 nits’ brightness
  • Dual core 6th Gen Intel processors – Core i5 (2.0 GHz / Turbo 3.1 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache) or Core i7 (2.4 GHz / Turbo 3.4 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache)
  • 256 GB or 512 GB or 1024 GB (1 TB) high-speed PCIe SSD hard drive
  • 8 GB or 16 GB LPDDR3 1866 MHz RAM
  • Intel Iris Graphics 540 GPU
  • macOS Sierra
  • Two (not four) USB-C Ports for Charging, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 and DisplayPort
  • No Touch Bar or Touch ID – 12 hardware Function keys are present
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth v4.2
  • FaceTime HD Webcam (720p)
  • Stereo Speakers and Dual microphone
  • 54.5-watt-hour non-removable Lithium Polymer battery
  • Silver or Space Black colour options
  • Rs. 129,900 starting price in India

 

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Specifications of 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro 2016 (with Touch Bar)

  • 13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD with 2560 x 1600 resolution, 500 nits’ brightness
  • Dual core 6th Gen Intel processors – Core i5 (2.9 GHz / Turbo 3.3 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache) or Core i5 (3.1 GHz / Turbo 3.5 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache) or Core i7 (3.3 GHz / Turbo 3.6 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache)
  • 256 GB or 512 GB or 1024 GB (1 TB) high-speed PCIe SSD hard drive
  • 8 GB or 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz RAM
  • Intel Iris Graphics 550 GPU
  • macOS Sierra
  • Four USB-C Ports for Charging, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 and DisplayPort
  • OLED Retina Touch Bar and Touch ID present
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth v4.2
  • FaceTime HD Webcam (720p)
  • Stereo Speakers and Dual microphone
  • 49.2-watt-hour non-removable Lithium Polymer battery
  • Silver or Space Black colour options
  • Rs. 155,900 starting price in India

 

Specifications of 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro 2016

  • 15.4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD with 2880 x 1800 resolution, 500 nits’ brightness
  • Quad core 6th Gen Intel processors – Core i7 (2.6 GHz / Turbo 3.5 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache) or Core i7 (2.7 GHz / Turbo 3.6 GHz, 8 MB L3 cache) or Core i7 (2.9 GHz / Turbo 3.8 GHz, 8 MB L3 cache)
  • 256 GB or 512 GB or 1024 GB (1 TB) or 2048 GB (2 TB) high speed PCIe SSD hard drive
  • 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics 530 GPU
  • AMD Radeon Pro 450 or 455 with 2 GB GDDR5 or Radeon Pro 460 with 4 GB GDDR5 GPU
  • macOS Sierra
  • Four USB-C Ports for Charging, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 and DisplayPort
  • OLED Retina Touch Bar and Touch ID present
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth v4.2
  • FaceTime HD Webcam (720p)
  • Stereo Speakers and Dual microphone
  • 76-watt-hour non-removable Lithium Polymer battery
  • Silver or Space Black colour options
  • Rs. 205,900 starting price in India

 

Availability (Apple Macbook pro price inIndiaa):

The new MacBooks will be available in two colour options namely Space Gray and Silver. In the USA, the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar is already available for purchase. The 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro 2016 with the Touch Bar are currently up for pre-order and shall ship in about four weeks. Stay tuned to us for info regarding the availability and pricing in India.

 

Apple MacBook Pro looks like a great piece of hardware but it isn’t perfect. Apple needs to understand that removing some of the most basic functionalities from its devices, hoping that users will someday become habitual, is just the opposite of the basic principles of good design.

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