Buying a new laptop is a big purchase, so earlier this month we advised you to think twice before buying a new Apple laptop. We knew there would be an unveiling event soon; we wanted you to see the new laptops first so that you could make an informed decision. If you're not too impressed, maybe you can purchase an older generation Apple laptop for less money.
This morning, Apple revealed the new MacBook Pro. The tech giant celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first notebook, which was released on October 25, 1991. Apple laptops have certainly come a long way in the past quarter-century, check out some of the specs of its latest creation below.
- TouchBar - Rumors of a second display between the keyboard and screen turned out to be true. Apple introduced the TouchBar, which is a mini Retina display that takes the place of its row of function keys. TouchBar is a small multi-touch screen that performs different tasks by utilizing taps and gestures. TouchBar adapts to software that is being used at the moment. There is also a function button that will bring back all of the keys of the function row when you hold it down.
- Siri - Siri is built-in to the new MacBook Pro. There is a button that brings you directly to Apple's assistant.
- TouchID - This uses the new Apple T1 chip for security. It is integrated into the power button and you can unlock the MacBook Pro with it.
- Thunderbolt 3 ports - Apple is replacing the traditional USB port with Thunderbolt 3 ports, which support USB-C. These can be used as charging ports as well.
There will be both a 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro model. Apple says they are the thinnest and lightest models ever made.
The 13-inch model is 14.9 mm thick and weighs three pounds. The 15-inch model is 15.5 mm thick and weighs four pounds.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro has a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It is priced at $1,799.
The 15-in MacBook Pro has a quad-core Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It's priced at $2,399.
There is also an entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, which starts at $1,499. This model keeps the new design but drops some specs and doesn't have the TouchBar, it has the traditional row of function keys.
The live event also mentioned other products and the latest version of their operating system. Click here to read about iOS 10.1 and its new features.