After months of rumours, Apple has finally unveiled its new MacBook Pro range . The company, true to its style, showed the main new items of equipment, placing great emphasis on one of the most noteworthy: the Touch Bar.
This Touch Bar is precisely what has been rumoured for some time. It is an OLED touch screen that takes up the space previously occupied by the Function keys. This OLED panel works in conjunction with the software and adapts according to the application that is currently active to show us shortcuts to important functions.
For example, in the case of iTunes you can show us the playback controls, in the case of Photoshop options to resize the brushes, or in the case of Final Cut or iMovie you can use it to move forward or backward during video playback. The possibilities of the Touch Bar of the new MacBook Pro are very big and everything will be a question of seeing the acceptance that it has among the developers when integrating it.
Right next to the Touch Bar, where we find the power button of the laptop, is the Touch ID . This is the Apple fingerprint recognition system that we already know and that makes the jump from iPhone and iPad to Mac. Thanks to it it will be possible to confirm payments through Apple Pay and we suppose that it will also unlock the equipment, although the company has not made reference to that possibility.
Dimensions and design
The new MacBook Pro range is up to 17% thinner than previous models . The version with a 13-inch screen has a maximum thickness of 14.9 mm, while the version with a larger screen is 15.5 mm thick.
In terms of weight, the model with the smallest screen adds up to 1.37 kg, while the 15-inch version stays at 1.83 kg . Taking into account the power and possibilities of these devices, we must say that they are very light, something that all users who usually carry their laptop with them will appreciate.
The Trackpad is much larger than the previous generation and of course includes the butterfly keyboard that we already know from the MacBook.
In terms of finishes, Apple offers two different colours in the new MacBook Pro range: space grey and silver.
Ports, the great missing
As with the MacBook, Apple wants to keep the ports to a minimum and this time has decided to include only Thunderbolt 3 type ports (in addition to a 3.5 mm mini-jack headphone connector).
The Thunderbolt 3 ports will be used to connect any type of peripheral, as well as to charge the laptop battery (any of the ports can be used for the latter). This means that in order to have a USB, HDMI or DisplayPort connection we will need to use adapters, something that will not please many people.
CPU, graphics and display
The 13-inch model includes Intel i5 dual-core processors and 8GB of RAM as standard, while the 15-inch model features i7 quad-core chips and 16GB of RAM .
In terms of graphics, the model with the smallest screen has Intel Iris chips and the 15-inch models incorporate more powerful graphics chips from the Radeon Pro 45x range , with which the firm promises up to 130% faster graphics compared to the current generation.
The screens are up to 67% brighter (500 nits in total), with 67% more contrast and the possibility of representing 25% more colours than sRGB (P3 colour range).
Prices and availability
The new equipment can now be booked via the Apple website, although shipments will still take between 3-4 weeks in Spain according to the company’s website. It is also possible to buy models without Touch ID that have a delivery date of next Monday at the time of writing.
The different configurations and prices are as follows:
13-inch MacBook Pro
- 2 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, up to 3.1 GHz Boost Tube, 8 GB RAM at 1866 MHz, 265 GB PCIe SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 540, two Thunderbolt 3 ports: 1,699
- 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, up to 3.3 GHz Boost Tube, 8 GB RAM at 2,133 MHz, 265 GB PCIe SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 550, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, Touch Bar and Touch ID: 1,999
- 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, up to 3.3 GHz Boost Tube, 8 GB RAM at 2,133 MHz, 512 GB PCIe SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 550, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, Touch Bar and Touch ID: 2,199
MacBook Pro 15-inch
- Intel Core i7 quad-core processor at 2.6 GHz, Boost Tube up to 3.5 GHz, 16 GB RAM at 2,133 MHz, 265 GB PCIe SSD, Radeon Pro 450 with 2 GB memory, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, Touch Bar and Touch ID: 2,699
- Intel Core i7 quad-core processor at 2.7 GHz, Boost Tube up to 3.6 GHz, 16 GB RAM at 2,133 MHz, 512 GB PCIe SSD, Radeon Pro 455 with 2 GB memory, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, Touch Bar and Touch ID: 3,199