Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch Adds Customizable Touch Bar

More than four years after its predecessor dazzled the tech world with its Retina display, the all-new 15-inch MacBook Pro captures attention with another, much slimmer screen. Dubbed the Touch Bar, the touch-sensitive display strip above the newcomer’s keyboard brings a whole new way of interacting with the notebooks and its OS.

More than four years after its predecessor dazzled the tech world with its Retina display, the all-new 15-inch MacBook Pro captures attention with another, much slimmer screen. Dubbed the Touch Bar, the touch-sensitive display strip above the newcomer’s keyboard brings a whole new way of interacting with the notebooks and its OS.

Of course, the Touch Bar is only one of the new features and improvements that the new MacBook Pro brings. The new model’s long list of improvements also includes Touch ID support, vastly improved display and audio, an all-new keyboard and trackpad, and a powerful new processor and graphics chip, all tucked into a redesigned ultra slim body.

Fresh Design and Exceptional Craftsmanship

The new MacBook Pro features beautiful design that’s clearly inspired by the looks of the 12-inch MacBook (think clean lines and no glowing Apple logo). There’s also a brand new Space Gray color that suits the notebook quite well.

Apple has made the notebook thinner and more compact than its predecessor, and the end result is truly stunning — the 15-inch MacBook Pro is hands-down the sleekest laptop in its class. The new model is barely thicker than half an inch and weighs only 4 pounds.

Most importantly, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro has a footprint that’s 20% smaller than the outgoing model’s. This is an impressive design and engineering feat by Apple, especially considering the high-end hardware that it packs.

he new MacBook Pro is also exceptionally crafted. Its aluminum body, just like in the case of its predecessor, will be the standard by which all premium laptops are measured for years to come.

Touch Bar Saves Time and Clicks

The defining hardware feature of the new MacBook Pro is the Touch Bar — a high-resolution multitouch display strip that changes its functionality depending on the apps you use and the tasks you perform. The Touch Bar makes interacting with macOS and its apps even more seamless and fun.

By default, the Touch Bar offers essential system controls in a collapsed strip on its right side. Expanding the strip brings the controls that we have grown accustomed to from Mac computers without a Touch Bar. The Touch Bar is also customizable, so you can truly make it your own.

The Touch Bar takes practically no time to get used to. It displays handy shortcuts that ultimately save you time and clicks. You can easily open Safari bookmarks and switch between tabs, format text in Pages, browse through and edit images in Photos, edit high-resolution video in Final Cut Pro X, and (of course) pick emojis in iMessage.

The amount of third-party apps that support the Touch Bar is unsurprisingly not large at the moment, though it grows on a daily basis. Currently, it covers the basics, such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Pixelmator, Affinity Photo, and 1Password among others. Apple has opened the API of the Touch Bar to developer, so the list will expand quickly.

Hardware Options

Apple has equipped the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU whose clock speed depends on the variant of your choosing, coupled with 16GB of RAM. Each MacBook Pro comes equipped with PCIe-based solid-state drive — the best option currently available.

Depending on the price point, each notebook comes equipped with Radeon Pro 450 or 455 graphics chip with 2GB of memory. You can however, opt to configure a more powerful Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB of memory, which is better suited for more demanding tasks.

Even Better Retina Display

The 15.4-inch Retina display of the new full-size MacBook Pro retains the same resolution as the outgoing model’s (2880 by 1800 pixels). It is however, significantly brighter (67% to be exact), and more vibrant thanks to 67% higher contrast ratio, and it’s also 30% more power-efficient.

It also displays colors more accurately, covering 25% wider range than the previous iteration. In short, it’s an excellent upgrade over the display panel of the previous generation.

All-New Keyboard and Phenomenal Trackpad

The new MacBook Pro’s keyboard features an updated variant of the butterfly mechanism that debuted alongside the 12-inch MacBook last year. The key feature of this mechanism is much shorter key travel time compared to the scissor keys of the older MacBook Pros, though it still delivers a pleasant click every time you press a button.

To sum things up, if you are a power user looking for a new MacBook, this is the one to get. Buyers who don’t need so much processing and graphics power should probably save a bit of money by opting for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It dual-core CPU and Intel Iris graphics, but it’s still an exceptionally capable machine.

Just like its predecessor, the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro is far from affordable. Its pricing kicks off at $2,399 for a model with Intel Core i7 and 256GB SSD, and goes past the $4,000 mark for a fully loaded variant.

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