This is Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Touch ID & more

By , Oct 27, 2016

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“The Mac is more than a product to us. It’s a testament to everything we do and create at Apple,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook at today’s “Hello again” Mac event as he unveiled long-expected updates to Pro notebooks. The new MacBook Pro has, as rumored, a programmable OLED touch bar substituting the function key row, called Touch Bar.

There’s also a Touch ID sensor powered by a new Apple-designed T1 chip. Like its predecessor, the new MacBook Pro comes in 13 and 15-inch flavors and each is available in Silver or Space Gray finish. 

The notebooks have a 2x larger trackpad with ForceTouch haptic feedback (46 percent larger on the 13-inch MacBook Pro and twice as large on the 15-inch MacBook Pro) and are driven by Intel’s latest Skylake chips with faster graphics. The iconic glowing Apple logo on the lid is gone, however, like on the existing twelve-inch MacBook.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro weighs in at three pounds, almost half a pound lighter than the previous generation. It’s seventeen percent thinner and has 25 percent less volume than the previous-generation MacBook Pro.

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The 15-incher weighs in at 4 pounds, is fourteen percent thinner and has twenty percent less volume. The biggest news is the new Touch Bar feature. Touch Bar, as mentioned, provides one-touch access to all of the functions previously provided by dedicated hardware function keys, and then some more.

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When you’re multitasking, Touch Bar shortcuts change depending on the app being used. It’s great that Touch Bar provides autocorrect suggestion when typing on the keyboard, has a dedicated Siri button and even suggests emoji replacements.

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In fact, it provides a dedicated interface for browsing all your emoji by category, frequently used and more—by way of swiping. In other apps, Touch Bar lets you create new tabs, manage your windows and more.

In Photos, as another example, a photo strip is rendered on the Touch Bar so you can quickly select an image to work with. You can even rotate photos, make color adjustments and more, right on the Touch Bar.

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In the Finder, you can customize any toolbar features like the screenshot control to appear on the Touch Bar simply by dragging an item from the toolbar down until it drops on Touch Bar. And when customizing Touch Bar, the icons wiggle like on iOS.

Touch Bar has controls for iWork apps, iTunes, Terminal and other Apple apps, with a developer API available to enable custom shortcuts in third-party apps.

Both machines have a second-generation Touch ID with sapphire crystal protection. With a fingerprint scan, customers can unlock their Mac, switch user accounts and authenticate Apple Pay purchases on the web. “Touch ID enables a quick, accurate reading of your fingerprint and uses sophisticated algorithms to recognize and match it with the Secure Enclave in the new Apple T1 chip,” Apple said.

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The Mac’s Touch ID sensor is powered by a brand new Apple-designed chip, called the T1, which has a Secure Enclave to support strong security and privacy like on iPhone.

Compared to the previous generation, the new MacBook Pro’s Retina screen is 67 brighter, has 67 percent greater contrast and gives you 25 percent more colors while consuming thirty percent less power than before.

It is the first Mac notebook display to support a wider color gamut. Both new machines have four Thunderbolt 3 ports providing a whopping 40 Gbps bandwidth for twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2 and allowing users to drive a 5K display and power their MacBook Pro with a single cable.

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The new Thunderbolt standard is port-compatible with USB-C (also known as USB 3.1 Generation 2 or USB SuperSpeed+ and maxing out at 10 Gbps), meaning all your USB-C devices can be connected to the new MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt ports. Thunderbolt 3 also supports the DisplayPort 1.2 video interconnect standard.

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Any of the four Thunderbolt 3 ports can be used as a USB-C charging port. In fact, any of the four Thunderbolt 3 ports can be Thunderbolt 3, USB-C or Display Port without any adapter, or become HDMI or VGA with an adapter.

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The 13-inch model comes with either Intel’s dual-core Core i5 or i7 with a 2,133 MHz memory, integrated Intel Iris graphics with 64 megabytes of eDRAM that’s two times faster on average or 103 percent faster in gaming and 76 percent faster in video editing and 3D graphics. The SSD in the 13-incher provides a maximum theoretical throughput of 3.1 gigabytes per second.

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As for the more powerful 15-incher model, it’s powered by Intel’s sixth-generation quad-core Core i7 processor with faster 2,1333MHz memory and discreet Radeon Pro graphics that’s part of AMD’s new 14-nanometer Polaris architecture. You can outfit the graphics card with up to four gigabytes of dedicated video RAM.

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Graphics on the 15-inch MacBook Pro is up to 2.4 faster than the previous-generation MacBook Pro with 60 percent faster gaming, 57 percent faster video editing and 130 percent faster 3D graphics. As for the SSD, the 15-inch MacBook Pro can be outfitted with up to 2TB flash storage with a throughout of 3.1 GB/s.

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Last but not least, both new MacBook Pros have an all-new speaker design with twice the dynamic range of the previous generation. Battery? You get a ten-hour battery life.

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The machines are available for pre-order today from Apple.com, Apple retail stores and authorized resellers, shipping in 2-3 weeks. The standard 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 chip with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256GB SSD, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, Touch ID and Touch Bar costs $1,799.

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The flagship 15-incher with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 chip with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB RAM, discreet AMD Radeon Pro 450 graphics, 256GB SSD, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, Touch ID and Touch Bar will set you back $2,399.

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For MacBook Air fans, Apple has created a 13-inch MacBook Pro model without Touch Bar and Touch ID and with the familiar row of function hardware keys. That machine, priced at $1,499, ships today.

It’s powered by a 2 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 chip with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, has 8 GB of RAM, integrated Intel Iris 540 graphics, two Thunderbolt 3 ports rather than four and comes with 256GB SSD.

The current 13-inch MacBook Air models continue to be available without a hardware refresh, but the 11-inch Air model has been officially discontinued. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/macbookpro.

By the way, this week mark’s 25th anniversary of Apple’s first notebook, the PowerBook, which defined the modern notebook with a matrix-dot display and a keyboard-forward design that created room for a trackpad and other features.

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  • Jamessmooth

    That touch bar is really cool. Lets bring that to the iPad keyboard!

  • Merman123

    A touch friendly OS along with a full touchscreen is a much better solution than this skinny touch bar at the top of the keyboard.

    • Gabriel Diaz

      Buy a tablet

      • Merman123

        I have a tablet.

      • John Smith

        Then get a Surface.

      • Merman123

        I have a Surface for work. Which is why I truly believe in a hybrid.

    • Tim

      Unless you hate fingerprints on your beautiful Retina display. 😀

      • Merman123

        Oleophobic coating should work against it. We handle fingerprints on our phones all day everyday.

      • Tim

        I am not coding neither designing on my phone. Oleophobic coating, as you know, wears over time. I think this is a great addition for the OCD’ers among us. o/

      • Merman123

        I am not saying that touch input would be the only method of input? If you prefer not to code or design with touch then don’t. That’s the beauty of it.

      • Sonny

        Get the Microsoft Surface Studio when it’s available.

      • The Oleophobic coating doesn’t do a thing for me I am constantly wiping finger prints from my screen lol. Pretty much non-existent.

    • Jack Wong

      I guess this is the touchscreen Mac OS that we have been waiting for.

      Instead of touching the screen… Apple wants us to use the touch bar.

      I am not sure how well this work unless I can use it for few days.

  • Gabriel Diaz

    Waiting on pricessss

    • Merman123

      Ouch

      • Gabriel Diaz

        At $1800, you can say that again

  • Byambaa

    Maybe cool but, its just an app menu brought on the top of the keyboard. Imagine, look down, touch/click one button, look up, ok, look down, find the button, touch it, look up, etc. Its worse than watching a movie with the subtitle. Not so practical for a heavy use.

    • Byambaa

      Word suggestion down there is laughable, we try to write without staring at the keyboard and apple wants to revoltionizing it by wanting us to stare the keyboard again

  • Cones1r

    Take my

  • John

    Il just keep my 2015 MacBook thanks.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Agreed. I think the mid-2015 15″ rMBP is the best Mac anyone can buy right now. Has all the necessary ports needed, still feels familiar, relatively light and compact and fantastic performance. Most importantly, it still feels like an old Apple product with input from Steve and excellent craftsmanship.

  • MrTarek

    1800$ , helll nawh

  • Touchbar is awesome and long overdue. Does Apple have any plans to eventually release standalone touchbar keyboards?

    • Jon20

      Well if you remember they did buy this company…http://www.idownloadblog.com/2015/04/08/apple-buys-dryft-keyboard-app/

      I wonder if they plan to make this the future of keyboards for MacBooks in the future.

  • triggerhappypunk

    Probably 90% of the time my MBP lid is closed, attached to dual monitors, so the touchbar is not a selling point for me… until maybe they release it on the next bluetooth keyboard.

  • Ninja Ass

    They also should add 3D touch to touch bar

    • Byambaa

      You just predicted the next “most amazing ever” MacBook from late 2017 with an “amazing” 60% faster intel i7 7th generation CPU.

  • Sohail Wahab

    Oh my ghad, beghutiful

  • wtf is this shit? No SD card slot (photograhy, expanding storage)? No HDMI (connecting to a tv)? Not even one usb 3.0 slot? Yay adapters everywhere. They even removed the glowing apple logo and Magsafe lol. No thanks i’ll keep my 2015 pro

    • therealjjohnson

      You can connect one of the four thuderbolt 3 connections to HDMI.

      • I know, but only with an adapter. It sucks if you forget your adapter and you need to connect the mb to tv. You can find hdmi cables in every hosehold, but not adapters.

      • Leslie Bee

        Haven’t you heard? Adapters are Apple’s new revenue stream.

  • jaimem17

    So the Magsafe is gone? This is in fact a step behind. I can’t tell how many times my Macbook has had the charger pulled by someone walking past it and thanks to the Magsafe it’s still alive…

    • therealjjohnson

      Thats been gone before this version.

    • Jack Wong

      I would not risk the laptop if I were you.

      With to without magsafe, I would find another power source or put a cable cover.

      Power bank chargeable VS Magsafe?

      If I can pick one only, I would pick power bank chargeable.

      • Leslie Bee

        Steve wouldn’t have made us choose.

      • Jack Wong

        Yea, MagSafe is gone lol

      • jaimem17

        Accidents happen my friend. It’s not like I pick a source where the cable is exposed, it just happens sometimes.

  • Christin Brandt

    So the non-Touch Bar MacBook costs $1,4999?

    • Himanshu Oberoi

      Isn’t it Premium XD

  • Himanshu Oberoi

    That machine, priced at ‘$1,4999′, is powered by a 2GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 chip.

  • george

    Apple pulled a Samsung and just charged everyone hundreds of dollars more for a gimmick.

    • aw81

      Thats been apples business model for years now tbh

  • Jon20

    Did anyone notice it had a 3.5 headphone jack and they didn’t even mention it. Pretty hypocritical…don’t you think? I guess they ran out of courage juice on this one huh?

  • Vista

    Lol. Ok apple seriously what are you thinking. This is called a “macbook pro” for a reason yet you are removing EVERYTHING. Removed SD card slot(VERY important to photographers), removed hdmi port, and removed magsafe(cmon really?). And the only ports are usb c/thunderbolts. You’re gonna have to have SO many adapters. Very disappointed. Thanks but i’ll stick with my 2015 mbp : )

    • Jack Wong

      I thought about this when they do that on MacBook and I would be able to go with that if it has 2 USB C ports…

      This MBP has 4 USB C ports, I think I can finally retire my 2012 MBA 11″ 8GB 512GB SSD.

      SD CARD – I have been using MBA 11″, so I have a Kingston USB 3.0 SD card reader on my keychain, I use it maybe once every 1-2 week to check my car dash cam.

      HDMI/VGA port – I have a Mini-DP to VGA adapter at work and Apple TV at home, if I am going to client office, I will bring a mini-DP to VGA/hdmi adapter and USB thumb drive with me.

      MagSafe – seriously… if someone keep pulling off the power cord when they pass by… I believe we should get a cable cover… instead of relying on the MagSafe, I don’t want to risk my 1k+ laptop…
      PowerBank chargeable VS Magsage, I would pick power bank chargeable, moreover I am sure some genius from kickstarter will come up a usb-c magsafe adapter, they also did that for iPhone, I am sure you have it.

      As for the glowing apple logo… seriously… how do you use the laptop…

      I am interested this time because my MBA is 4years+, I do understand for 2014-2015 MBP users, this 2016 MBP laptop probably not worth to upgrade.

      Macbook Air is done, if I still want to stick with Apple laptop, I have to get the adapters.

      • Leslie Bee

        Thank you for all your wonderful remarks, dedicated Apple fanboy.

      • Dodgy Debjit

        So all of the features you just dissed you presumably thought they were also worthless when Apple introduced them? No? I didn’t think so.

      • Jack Wong

        It’s just time to move on.

        For example, I really don’t see it’s a serious issue without an onboard Ethernet port.

        I have an adapter with me most of the time but rarely need to use it.

        We can’t have a machine that can please everyone.

        If an adapter can solve the problem then go with adapter. I’m glad that there are 3rd party brand so I don’t have to go with the apple brand which is triple of the cost most of the time.

      • mrgerbik

        apples to oranges.. very bad analogy

      • mrgerbik

        I guess they were magical then, but now ….

  • 5723alex .

    SATA II SSDs in 2016.

    • Golicza Alpár

      3GByte/sec and not 3Gbit/sec so pcie ssd speeds.

  • techfreak23

    I’m not really all that impressed by the new touch bar. It’s pretty redundant in most situations, it seems, especially if you know your keyboard shortcuts and trackpad gestures pretty well. It will be interesting to see what 3rd party developers will do with it. Also pretty disappointed about the death of MagSafe. Even with Apple slimming them down, it looks like the MagSafe would have fit where it normally is. It would have been cool to have the option for charging over MagSafe or USB C.

  • Rolf Bause

    Thank you, but no thank you!

  • Geir Braathen

    3.1 Gigabits/sec or 3.1 Gigabytes/sec? Here is a mix of Gb and GB.

  • Adam Gorecki

    Steve Jobs would fire Tim Cook

    • Leslie Bee

      Steve was a hippie/geek. Now Apple is run by corporate douche-bags. Apparently their new profit stream is dongles. It kind of fits them, when you think about it.

  • Jayy

    As much as I would love to have this laptop, I could never bring myself to pay a down payment on a car for a laptop.

  • techfreak23

    I feel like Apple is going to lose a lot of marketshare with professional users on this go around, especially with Microsoft finally getting on top of its game with the Surface line. Thoroughly disappointed in this announcement. Luckily they still sell the exact model I was going to get for $100 less than before. 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD.

    That touch bar might be one of the biggest gimmicks Apple has ever released. Some of those use cases they showed in the keynote seem a little redundant if you are well versed in keyboard shortcuts and trackpad gestures. It will be interesting to see what 3rd party developers do with it though. It’s almost like the force touch trackpad. I haven’t seen a lot of cool uses for it so far…

  • Mike M. Powell

    i’ll b keeping my mid 2012 tyvm. Upgraded to 8GB RAM and a clean 80 cycle battery. I’ll be fine for another year then upgrade to 2015 model next year, since its the last saving MBP

  • Alex Wilson

    Well at least they didn’t mess up the iMac, MacMini or MacPro line up. Then again they totally ignored all three 100%. I haven’t read they even mentioned them. Not rushing to move platforms but unless they do something soon it may push me back to windows, I hate buying out dated tech equipment as “new” when it’s been updated by others.

  • ProllyWild

    Let’s just all remember this is what it looks like when you try to be the transitional product between old and new tech…..

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9849578a34d4381c4a481ff4e8663348feb85695f133996f93d53aebc7d4d5a5.jpg

    • Dodgy Debjit

      Leaving in one or two USB A ports and a card reader would’ve been far more reasonable.

      • ProllyWild

        But realistically for a device meant to last you the next 4-5 years, is that really the most practical decision? Our data needs are beginning to exceed the capacity of USB-A. It’s slow compared to USB-c and even slower compared to thunderbolt 3. Given that even our smartphones now take 4K video and we transfer so much data, it’s a bit ridiculous to assume we’ll stay so committed to the standard of SD cards and USB thumb drives that much longer. Even the power needs of our devices are changing… it’s not a painless transition but it is inevitable.

      • Dodgy Debjit

        The point is “transition”. Leaving a couple of “legacy” ie the most widely used port types in the world right now, would facilitate that transition.

      • ProllyWild

        I get the idea but I think I agree with Apple this time. A few adaptors while you transition means that after the transition you’re left with the new standard. If post transition you’re stuck with some old ports imbedded in your machine, it becomes a waste of space.

        Take the example of the all in one TV/VCR/DVD player. If you had all of them seperare you could still theoretically use the DVD player with a new tv and no vcr post transition. By buying an all in one you wasted money because now you don’t use tapes, the tv is old and doesn’t support new hdmi standards, and you can’t connect the DVD player to a new TV. You just end up delaying the transition and make it harder and more costly later.

        I think toleranting adapters initially will result in users being happier post transition when they can utilize the full standard without wasteful implementation of old outdated tech.

      • Mike

        That was a dumb example… Just because the ports are old doesn’t mean they aren’t useful. You said you will use the MacBook for the next 5+ years but it will take usb c 2+ years to reach every other company and thing till then you will be using adapters. If you think Apple is being so future proof then why don’t they change their lighting ports to USB C?

        My point is that Apple should’ve kept the old ports like Hdmi, USB 3.0, card reader, thunder bolt, and one USB C. That way you can keep using your old ports until something comes up.

      • ProllyWild

        I think you’re just looking for something to complain about.

        I’ll speak from experience. I upgraded an old 2011 MacBook Pro. Installed a new SSD, Removed the cd drive and put in a second 1TB drive. Upgraded the ram to 16GB. The computer is still faster than the 2015 MacBook I got later. The only reason using that old MacBook became a problem was because it was stuck with one thunderbolt port and USB 2 ports. The computer could handle any task I needed, but could not transfer and read data on my external drives at a speed that is necessary for what I do.

        This is why I don’t believe its smart to baby people with legacy ports when they’re inevitably going to hit a wall. Upgrading now is just a matter of adjusting to some new cables and, yes, using adaptors for your current gear.

        Based on the configuration you give, we should have 4 of 5 ports designated to fading tech. For a professional you’re saying they should have only one USB-C/thunderbolt 3 port with its potential double the speed of thunderbolt 2 (and some 3-4 times faster than USB-C). It should then have a slower thunderbolt 2 port, and an even slower USB 3.0 port and hdmi port? Despite the fact that USB-c/thunderbolt both double as display ports and thunderbolt can be daisy chained for better flow with less need for adaptors and hubs. Not to mention with your configuration the single thunderbolt 3 part would likely act as the power source, leaving you with essentially only the older ports and a thicker laptop for no good reason.

        If I have to deal with hundreds of gbs of data per project, I want faster speed. If I’m streaming libraries of audio, effects and instruments or video, I want faster speed.

        As for why USB-C isnt on the iPhone, plenty of potential reasons, but I’m sure inevitably we’ll see an upgrade there as well. Is it the best option for mobile devices? I suppose we’ll see now that more devices are picking it up. When it changes, I’ll buy new cables and get over it. I have a feeling had they changed to USB-C on the iPhone 7 you would have complained about all your lightning cables and devices that would be useless…so I doubt there’s any pleasing you.

      • Mike

        I’ll talk about the 3 big paragraph one by one.

        1. If you want to transfer data you can also use thunderbolt port which does up to 40gb speed…

        2. You can buy a splitter… People need to wake up and say that adapters are not the future. Seriously are you going to carry around adapters everywhere you go??? I rather just have everything their.

        Some examples:
        Take pictures on DLSR camera then slide it right into the sd card slot.
        Go to a friends house plug in hdmi straight.

        3. There’s a difference changing the port on a phone vs. every port on a laptop.

        It’s people like you that make a company like apple so profitable. If a company does something that makes you do more just for something so simple as using a hdmi port or usb 2 port then theirs something wrong. Plus just because you want faster ports doesn’t mean that everyone wants it. I can bet a billion dollars that more people prefer my setup compared to have all the same ports. You should be wanting a product that is hassle free not having to worry about if you bought along the right adapter…. Have fun on you date with Tim Cook.

      • mrgerbik

        who cares if theres some ‘wasted’ ports on your machine

        There is always the ONE time you need that ‘wasted’ port and.. damn dont have that stupid dongle with me…

      • ProllyWild

        Yes, and this happens every time. We’re not here crying for the return of FireWire, serial ports and floppy disks. We’ve all gotten pretty used to cd drives being gone as well.

        Again the point is, if you pander to the cries of blasphemy and put in legacy ports, you’re delaying the inevitable. By allowing people to keep using those ports, we delay the transition to USB-C and thunderbolt 3. The reality is adaptors allow you to use the previous tech for as long as it remains relevant, but encourages you to gradually upgrade your accessories to the new standard. If you’re loaded with only the old ports, you won’t upgrade your accessories and by the time the next MacBook comes out to match the new standard you’re still where we are right now. ill-prepared and stuck having to upgrade everything at once.

        I guarantee you, it is cheaper and easier to gradually upgrade your gear over the next 3 years with the use of adaptors for old tech, than it is to wait until the the next MacBook and find all of the legacy ports phased out and makers discontinuing accessories in favor of the new standard.

  • drno

    iCourage

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I like the addition of Touch ID (not really a deciding factor for me though) but Touch Bar although it seems like a novel idea, I can see a lot that can go wrong with it. Here’s what I see what could go wrong:

    1) You were in app A and Touch Bar shows controls for app A. You switch over to app B (like iTunes playing music for instance) and the Touch Bar controls still show those from app A. Delays and glitches of sorts.

    2) Built-in haptic feedback breaking or failing. Or the screen scratching or getting damaged.

    3) Everything will be an extra tap or press away from doing the same task as before. A bit counterproductive.

    4) An extra bit of hardware (a screen) that will just drain battery.

    5) One more thing that will require updates, maintenance, etc.

    Also, their decision to remove the SD card slot, HDMI port and MagSafe are ridiculous.

  • NainRouge

    Courage removed the headphone jack on the iPhone, but they sure did leave it on this even newer product.