Published on October 27th, 2016 | by Yasser Masood0
Marhaba to the new Apple MacBook Pro
It’s been quite a while that we’ve seen a refresh happen to the MacBook Pro. For those who have been holding out on seeing new notebooks from Apple and waiting to upgrade, Apple has heard your call. Apple has officially unveiled new updates to its MacBook Pro family, with design and specifications taking a bigger leap forward.
Hello Touch Bar and Touch ID
The biggest leap on the new MacBook Pro would be the death of the standard Function Keys row on the keyboard – it’s an all-new Touch Bar composed of a multi-touch Retina display above the keyboard. The Touch Bar adapts to applications being used and populates it with context-sensitive functions while keeping basic OS features easily available. We can look to developers providing app updates that will tap into the Touch Bar to add frequently used actions for easy reach. For those who miss the function keys and to maintain backward compatibility for them, the Touch Bar can easily bring back the traditional Function Keys row by just holding the Function key.
Touch ID comes to the MacBook Pro that doubles as the power button. It also makes it easy for fast-user switching, so that reduces the number of clicks and even a password input for you to switch accounts.
Same MacBook Pro
Just like the previous models, the new MacBook Pro is available in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes and now comes in two different colour options: silver and space grey. Looking at the main chassis area, there’s a bigger Force Touch trackpad that is 2x bigger than on the previous models, and the keyboard gets a revamp with the butterfly mechanism from the MacBook redesign.
Both sizes come with four (4) Thunderbolt 3 ports in the form of USB-C ports and either of them can be used as a power charging port (say goodbye to connecting your adapter to one side of the laptop). Each of the Thunderbolt 3 ports also serve as a multi-purpose connector supporting: Ethernet, HDMI, Displayport, standard USB, and more.
Starting price for the new generation model is AED 7,999 (13-inch) and AED 9,499 (15-inch), and they will be priced similarly across the Middle East region once available. Pricing will change based on build-to-order configurations and other SKUs made available. Expect previous models to drop in prices to clear out existing stock, but you may not have build-to-order options for them.
For those who still want the traditional MacBook Pro without these advancements, Apple has updated the baseline 13-inch retina MacBook Pro with updated specs from the new generation models. This means that the previous non-retina 13-inch MacBook Pro will no longer be available. To make things easy, here’s a tabulated comparison of the updated MacBook Pro models.
|13-inch (no Touch Bar and Touch ID||13-inch||15-inch|
|Processor||Dual-Core Core i5 @ 2.0GHz (upgradeable to dual-core Core i7 @ 2.4GHz)||Dual-core Core i5/i7 (up to 3.3 GHz)||Quad-core Core i7 (up to 2.9 GHz)|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Graphics 540||Intel Iris Graphics 550 w/ 64GB eRAM||Intel HD Graphics 530 and AMD Radeon 2GB VRAM (up to 4GB VRAM)|
|I/O ports||2x Thunderbolt 3 ports (charging, HDMI, Displayport, USB)||4x Thunderbolt 3 ports (charging, HDMI, Displayport, USB)||4x Thunderbolt 3 ports (charging, HDMI, Displayport, USB)|
|Memory||8GB RAM (up to 16GB RAM)||8GB RAM (up to 16GB RAM)||16GB RAM|
|Storage||Starting at 256GB SSD||Starting at 256GB SSD||Starting at 256 GB SSD|
|Starting Price||AED 5,999||AED 7,199||AED 9,499|
Images courtesy of Apple PR