Apple’s latest Macbook Pro comes up with a revolutionary surprise, the Touch Bar (Well to be honest, they accidentally leaked the pictures a few days before, way to go man, you had one job!), arriving at a perfect timing as well, right after the launch of the new Microsoft Surface Book.
The new Macbook Pro has been Apple’s attempt to revamp its Macbooks lineup after 4 years, and despite not having any major changes overall, it certainly packs quite a punch, and is one of the best laptops out there right now.
Let’s take a look at what it brings to the table.
Size and Weight
Not much has changed again, like I said before, but get closer and you’ll see that it’s a lot thinner and lighter than ever. The 13-inch and 15-inch versions of the new MacBook Pro are 17% and 14% thinner than their predecessors, respectively – to the tune of a 14.9mm-thin 13-incher and a 15.5mm-thin 15-incher.
Of course, it’s also much lighter than the old model with the 13-inch version weighing at just 3 pounds (nearly half a pound lighter), while the 15-inch model hitting the scale at 4 pounds (also shaving off nearly half a pound).
With a brand new aluminum finish, it comes in two colors, Silver and Space Gray.
Touch Bar and Touch ID
Perhaps the most talked about feature of the new Macbook Pro, it is sleek, and simple. It replaces the function keys that have long occupied the top of our keyboard.
It doesn’t just end there, it also changes automatically based on what we’re doing to show us relevant tools we already know how to use system controls like volume and brightness, interactive ways to adjust or browse through content, intelligent typing features like emoji and predictive text, and more.
And for the first time, Touch ID is available on the Macbook, allowing us to proceed with instant logins and online purchases faster and more secure using the Apple Pay.
Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad is twice as big as the one on the old model. It features the same kind of enhanced haptic feedback as the home button on the iPhone with an additional four times more key stability.
I must say it’s quite huge…
Graphics performance up to twice as fast
This one is sure to be an important subject for gamers and video enthusiasts out there, as the new 15-inch MacBook Pro features a powerful Radeon Pro discrete GPU in every configuration, delivering up to 130 percent faster graphics performance than the previous generation.
On the other hand, the 13-inch model provides up to 103 percent faster integrated graphics than the previous generation.
With that upgrade, we can expect a much better Video Editing, 3D Graphics, and Gaming than ever before.
Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models will last up to 10 hours per charge.
Quieter, and Cooler
With the recent Note 7 exploding fiasco, Apple has taken a much safer route to prevent that by adding in a more, upgraded cooling system eliminate heat more efficiently than its older brother.
Apple’s Retina Display comes with an upgraded new wide-color screen which is 67% brighter, 67% better contrast ratio and 25% more colors than Apple’s previous-generation MacBook Pro.
With four ports, it seamlessly allows a more versatile and powerful input and it is some of the smaller things which Apple has tweaked which has made a huge upgrade to its product.
The new Macbook Pro comes with the latest MacOS in it.
Finally, here’s where we get a bit disheartened, as the new 13-inch MacBook Pro model will start at $1,799 and the 15-inch model starts at $2,399.
The entry-level MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar starts at $1,499.
I am going to be completely honest here, there’s no doubt that this is the best MacBook Pro ever made. It’s thinner, lighter, and more powerful and has improved inputs on top of a brand new one, the Touch Bar.
However, it’s not a great option if you’re more into the specs-price side of things as it will set you back even more.
Building upon that, there are a lot of areas the new Macbook Pro doesn’t really stand up to, as there are other laptops which are much more powerful, higher graphics, bigger storage, and the option for freedom to alter it (which is something that goes against Apple’s philosophy of a closed system) at just a fraction of the cost.
Do also note that, with the Touch Bar and half the USB-C ports, it costs another 300 bucks to get an insanely cool feature like that which frankly an option, you might not even use. (Compound that with being asked to pay $400 more for the new entry-level MacBook Pro now than before – ouch.)
All told, this is an Apple product, and it is a premium, high end product, targeted at users who just want a great experience and something unique. Apple’s latest Macbook Pro, is a new revolution in its evolution of 25 years of its lineup of great products, and this product is another which breaks the barriers of technology whilst expanding the horizons for a seamless experience.