Apple Unveils Thinner, Faster MacBook Pro
Twenty-five years ago this week, Apple unveiled their first laptop computer. Today, Tim Cook took the stage in Cupertino to unwrap the new MacBook Pro line, featuring a thinner design, faster components, and the new TouchBar, replacing the function keys that have lived above our keyboards for years.
The new 13″ MacBook Pro is 17% thinner than the outgoing model and weighs just 3 lbs. The smaller model sticks with dual-core processors and Intel Iris graphics.
The upgraded 15″ MacBook Pro is 14% thinner and is 20% smaller in volume, coming in at a weight of just 4 lbs. It includes a quad-core i7 processor, as well as a Radeon Pro graphics card.
Both models feature the new TouchBar, which replaces the function keys with an OLED strip that will display different functions depending on which app you are using and is completely customizable. Multiple demos were shown today, showing off what the TouchBar can do. Butterfly keyboards have made their way to the MacBook Pro line, helping to increase their thinness. In addition, a new, larger trackpad is standard on both as well, giving much more room for multi-touch gestures. The new models include 4 Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
With all that has been added to the new MacBook Pro models, a few sacrifices have also been made. The glowing Apple logo that we’ve known and loved for years is gone from the MacBook Pro line, probably due to the incredible thinness of the display, that is similar to that of the 12″ MacBook. In addition, MagSafe, USB-A, HDMI, and the SD card slot have been removed from the new computers.
The 13″ model starts at $1799, while the 15″ starts at $2399. Both will be available in silver and space gray. Preorders begin today.
If you aren’t looking to spend that kind of money, but like the new form factor, Apple announced a 13″ version of the new MacBook Pro that lacks the TouchBar and only comes with 2 Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports that will sell for $1499.
While the new MacBook Pros are definitely awesome, there are a few tradeoffs, such as the loss of ports, that hold me back from even wanting to purchase a new MacBook Pro. What are your thoughts on this update? Will you be picking a new one up?