“Apple really did think different about its new laptops,” Dan Ackerman writes for CNET. “The sheer number of big-picture changes to the iconic laptop line made my head spin during an exclusive hands-on preview of Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptops at the company’s Cupertino, California headquarters earlier this week. While Apple kept the MacBook Pro name it’s used since 2006, nearly everything about the new generation of the high end notebook has changed.”

“The long-rumored ‘Magic Toolbar,’ an OLED-display strip for context-sensitive touch commands, is real. Apple calls it the Touch Bar, and it’s worth all the hubbub,” Ackerman writes. “Just 60 pixels high (and 2,170 pixels wide), the Touch Bar could be a tool with the potential to be the Swiss Army knife of laptop input, changing itself on the fly to work across different apps, imitating a series of touch buttons, control sliders and even jog dials. This is Apple’s answer to the touchscreens found on most Windows laptops.”

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote during our live coverage, “This is the smart way to have Multi-Touch on your personal computer, as opposed to the stupidity of smearing fingers all over your Retina display.”

“The possibilities seem limitless,” Ackerman writes. “The touchpad, which still uses Apple’s Force Touch technology, now spans twice the surface area of the previous MacBook Pro’s touchpad. It’s massive — completely dominating the front of the interior. It’s also a bold challenge for other laptops to try and match…”

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MacDailyNews Take: The quality of Apple’s Force Touch trackpad is unmatched. No other PC maker comes close – and hasn’t for years. Combined with the new Touch Pad, Apple has delivered the future of notebooks now (well, within 2-3 weeks). Happy road-warrioring!

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