Apple unveils groundbreaking new MacBook Pro with revolutionary Touch Bar and huge Force Touch trackpad

Apple today introduced the thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro ever, along with a breakthrough interface that replaces the traditional row of function keys with a brilliant, Retina-quality Multi-Touch display called the Touch Bar.

The new MacBook Pro features Apple’s brightest and most colorful Retina display yet, the security and convenience of Touch ID, a more responsive keyboard, a larger Force Touch trackpad and an audio system with double the dynamic range. It’s also the most powerful MacBook Pro ever, featuring sixth-generation quad-core and dual-core processors, up to 2.3 times the graphics performance over the previous generation, super-fast SSDs and up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The Touch Bar places controls right at the user’s fingertips and adapts when using the system or apps like Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro X and many more, including third-party apps. For example, the Touch Bar can show Tabs and Favorites in Safari, enable easy access to emoji in Messages, provide a simple way to edit images or scrub through videos in Photos and so much more.

The all-new MacBook Pro introduces the revolutionary Touch Bar and breakthrough performance in Apple's thinnest and lightest pro design ever.
The all-new MacBook Pro introduces the revolutionary Touch Bar and breakthrough performance in Apple’s thinnest and lightest pro design ever.

 
“This week marks the 25th anniversary of Apple’s first notebook; through the years each generation has introduced new innovations and capabilities, and it’s fitting that this all-new generation of MacBook Pro is the biggest leap forward yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a statement. “With the groundbreaking new Touch Bar, the convenience of Touch ID, the best Mac display ever, powerful performance, improved audio, blazing fast storage and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity in our thinnest and lightest pro notebook yet, the new MacBook Pro is the most advanced notebook ever made.”

Thinnest and Lightest MacBook Pro Ever

Building on innovations pioneered in MacBook, the new MacBook Pro features an entirely new enclosure design and all-metal unibody construction that creates an incredibly rigid and dense notebook that is amazingly thin and light. At just 14.9 mm thin, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is 17 percent thinner and 23 percent less volume than the previous generation, and nearly half a pound lighter at just three pounds. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro, at just 15.5 mm thin, is 14 percent thinner and 20 percent less volume than before, and weighing just four pounds, is nearly half a pound lighter.

Touch ID Comes to the Mac

Integrated into the power button is the convenience and security of Touch ID, one of the great features customers have come to know and love from their iPhone and iPad. Once you enroll your fingerprint in Touch ID on your MacBook Pro, you can quickly unlock your Mac, switch user accounts and make secure purchases with Apple Pay on the web with a single touch. Touch ID enables a quick, accurate reading of your fingerprint and uses sophisticated algorithms to recognize and match it with the Secure Enclave in the new Apple T1 chip.

Apple’s Brightest, Most Colorful Notebook Display

The best Mac display ever delivers images that are more vivid, reveal even greater detail and appear more lifelike than ever. As thin as a MacBook display at .88 mm, the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro at 500 nits of brightness, is an amazing 67 percent brighter than the previous generation, features 67 percent more contrast and is the first Mac notebook display to support a wider color gamut. And with power-saving technologies like a larger pixel aperture, a variable refresh rate and more power-efficient LEDs, the display consumes 30 percent less energy than before.

The Most Powerful MacBook Pro Yet

Powerful processors, cutting-edge graphics, blazing-fast SSDs, high-speed memory and an advanced thermal architecture deliver amazing pro-level performance in a dramatically thinner enclosure. Sixth-generation dual-core Core i5 with eDRAM, dual-core Core i7 with eDRAM and quad-core Core i7 Intel processors deliver pro-level processing performance while conserving energy. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro features powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics delivering up to 2.3 times more performance than the previous generation; while the 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with Intel Iris Graphics that are up to two times faster than before. All models feature SSDs with sequential read speeds over 3GBps and Thunderbolt 3 which consolidates data transfer, charging and twice the video bandwidth in a single port — allowing users to drive a 5K display and power their MacBook Pro with a single cable.

The New MacBook Pro Also Offers:

• Much larger Force Touch trackpads — 46 percent larger on the 13-inch MacBook Pro and twice as large on the 15-inch MacBook Pro;

• More responsive and comfortable typing on the keyboard with a second-generation butterfly mechanism;

• Louder, more true-to-life sound through speakers with double the dynamic range and improved bass;

• macOS Sierra, the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new features like Siri integration, Universal Clipboard, Apple Pay on the web and Photos, which helps you rediscover your meaningful memories, organize your library and perfect shots like a pro.

Pricing & Availability

• The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,499 (US), features a 2.0 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, and ships today.

• The 13-inch MacBook Pro with the revolutionary Touch Bar and Touch ID starts at $1,799 (US), and features a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, and ships in two to three weeks.

• The 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399 (US), features the revolutionary Touch Bar and Touch ID, a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, and ships in two to three weeks.

• Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/macbookpro.

Source: Apple Inc.

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115 Comments

  1. I want to replace my late 2009 MacPro. If I needed to buy today, it would definitely be with a MacBook Pro. The apps I would need to use are being redesigned for the touch bar and a whole new way of working. I’m sure they will update the iMac for this but must not have the horsepower to do it all. Example–they are turning the display over to LG. The way they configured the MacBook with RAID, etc, is it really any different than the MacPro cylinder?

    1. I didn’t even notice that. If I had to request a new laptop today, my company would not approve the purchase of the new 15″ model, and I’d be stuck with a Windows machine.

      The new 15″ *starts* at roughly how much they paid for a *maxed-out* 15″ (1TB drive, 16 GB, dGPU) a half year ago! Though, at least the low-end 15″ now includes a discrete GPU.

    2. Thats my main takeaway from the event, Apple is no longer into the entry-level macbook market. They’ll probably keep previous gen Airs for a while, but $1299 and 1 port is Apple’s new base.

  2. 15″ ordered. 2.9 i7 , 2TB ssd, 460 pro with 4gb graphics. The venereable 2012 MacBook Pro will be retired to home duty and attached to a display for light design work. The older 2011 iMac is going to my mother, and the 2013 Mac Pro stays where it is. I would’ve liked to see a new iMac today, but this MacBook Pro will definitely do what I need it to do, and will give cushion before a new 27″ 5k iMac comes home when it gets updated.

  3. If you are a pro who needs the fastest Mac that connects to two large monitors and RAID systems you don’t care about “thin”. You don’t carry all that around with you.

    You care about having multiple up-to-date GPUs, multiple CPUs, non-volatile RAM drives, etc.

    Where is this huge leap in Mac Pro performance (and please, also in physical size) that could have been announced?

    1. Shhh don’t tell anyone, but a little birdy tells me most of these will be destined to word processing, light photo editing, and status symbols in the corner office.

      After all, why would the drones need better tech than managers?

  4. Not even a 480… and you need two of those to match a single 1080 (even the mobile one)…

    I guess it lowers the bottom line on parts cost so apple can make more money though…

    1. Agreed.

      I thought that was quite lame, as well.

      The AMD Radeon 480 would have been a wonderful inclusion, or even upgrade option, but Apple went with the runt of AMD’s GPU family.

      Probably the only ‘mobile’ version available at the time of design. Bleh…

  5. So explain to me why Apple is using last year’s intel processor but demanding very high prices? Kaby Lake has been out for a month now and this is still using the previous generation. I just don’t understand. I know the speed difference is not all that much, but its just bad business to claim a top shelf price and not have the lastest processor.

    1. I too was hoping that Apple might put a 7xxx series cpu in these, but alas, looking at the specs of the 13″ P-book confirms that it uses the Intel Iris 550, which is used with the last gen Intel chip.

      The newer cpu uses Intel Iris 6xx series for its video processor.

      That’s a bummer.

  6. I’m guessing that the touch bar will make its way into the desktops with an update to the wireless keyboards.

    I’m very excited about the potential of USB-C connectors now. The period for adapters will last a while but hopefully this will be the standard port on all tech for the next 20 years. Now for Apple to ditch Lightning on the iOS side…

    1. I use a wireless keyboard and wireless trackpad with a 98″ LG 4K screen. Think of it as wall-screen computing. 🙂

      I would love to get a wireless keyboard with touch bar!

      Incidentally, I run the screen with a lowly 2016 MacBook tucked out of sight and it works great. Perfect way to demo software or work collaboratively.

      I have a maxed out windows desktop for major crunching, but would love a REAL Mac Pro to hook up to the wall screen.

  7. FYI: 16GB of RAM is what the MBP comes with, and that’s the maximum capacity. There’s no custom configuration with more RAM, and it certainly isn’t user-upgradeable. Thankfully, the internal SSD is fast because Pros will be experiencing perpetual page-outs from the swap file.

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