Apple unveiled long-awaited updates to its Mac computers Thursday, aiming to spark consumer interest in a product line often overshadowed by newer gadgets like the iPad and iPhone.
The computer’s top row of keys, where function and system control buttons used to sit, has been replaced with an OLED strip Apple is calling the Touch Bar. It’s called Touch Bar.
At its event in Cupertino, California, USA, Apple spent considerable time showing off its newest innovation for its new MacBook Pro.
Along with faster processors and brighter screens, Apple’s new laptops will have a fingerprint sensor, similar to the one on its iPhones.
The 13-inch MacBook Pros are 14.9mm thin, while the 15-inch MacBook Pro is 15.5mm thin. But, the reports from Mac Otakara, which is a Japanese site, it is about to come out with its new 13-inch MacBook Air, featuring Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C.
Apple’s Butterfly keyboard mechanism from the Retina MacBook is featured in the new MacBook Pro as well.
The new Touch Bar consumed most of Apple’s demonstration, and it does look cool.
The “touch bar,” which will have retina display and multitouch capabilities, adapts to the application now in use.
This MacBook Pro gets two Thunderbolt Ports as opposed to four ports seen on the MacBook Pros with the Touch Bar. And, yes, there’s a headphone jack peeking out as well. But it can do more, it can adapt to whatever software you use. At the very right, there will be a Siri button, the two volume buttons and a single brightness button that probably triggers another menu.
In the Photos apps, the Touch Bar can scroll through photos, apply filters, and make some edits.
For example, if you’re in Safari it’ll show you your favourite websites, tabs and an address bar, and if you’re in Pages it’ll show you QuickType suggestions and formatting options. This bar focuses on keeping the user’s hands on the keyboard, providing shortcuts and other tools for creating and manipulating media and information in many MacOS applications. Now, instead of logging out so someone else can log in, all they need to do is place their finger on the Touch ID button and the MacBook Pro will automatically switch to their account.
Touch Bar is touch and gesture sensitive and includes Touch ID so you can log into your MacBook Pro with a fingerprint. Any of these ports can be used as a power port for the laptop. Microsoft Office apps support it, too, giving you the ability to adjust text, add pictures and more.
Apple reported its third straight quarter of declining iPhone sales earlier this week, although it also sees a record holiday quarter by sales, thanks to the new iPhone 7.
Interestingly, it looks like Apple isn’t updating the MacBook Air, because the new MacBook Pro is thinner and lighter. The 15-inch sports an Intel Core i7 Quad Core chip with 2133MHz of memory. The keyboard has also been refreshed.
Even though it’s Apple’s most popular computer, the MacBook Air didn’t get an update at Thursday’s event.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro models have a 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit IPS display with 2560 x 1600 pixel native resolution at 227 ppi and the 15-inch MacBook Pro has a 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit IPS display with 2880 x 1800 pixel at 220 ppi.