Marking the 25th anniversary of Apple's first notebook on October 25, Apple took the stage to announce its new, redesigned Macbook Pro at At the 'Hello Again' event in Cupertino, California. The new MacBook Pro comes with a thinner design and as appeared in the leaks has got the 'Touch Bar' with Retina Display above the keyboard. The all new 'Touch Bar' replaces the existing function buttons with on-screen keys. It is more than just a regular function key as the virtual buttons on the strip are changes based on the apps being used. 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 Favourites in Safari, enable easy access to emoji in Messages, provide a simple way to edit images or scrub through videos in Photos and more.
Apple has also integrated the Touch ID into the power button. Once the fingerprint is enrolled in the Touch ID on the new MacBook Pro, one can quickly unlock the Mac, switch user accounts and make secure purchases with Apple Pay (abroad) on the web with a single touch. Touch ID enables a quick, accurate reading of your fingerprint and uses sophisticated algorithms to recognise and match it with the secure element in the new Apple T1 chip.
The new MacBook Pro features bright and colourful Retina display , has a larger Force Touch trackpad and an audio system with double the dynamic range. The 13-inch MacBook Pro At just 14.9 mm thin, which is 17 percent thinner and 23 percent less volume than the previous generation, and weighs 1.37kg. 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 1.83kg. The new lineup is powered by sixth-generation dual-core Core i5 with eDRAM, dual-core Core i7 with eDRAM and quad-core Core i7 Intel processors to 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. 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. Apple has retained the 3.5mm jack, however, the USB ports are replaced with four Thunderbolt 3.0 ports.
13-inch and 15-inch models are set to be available within three weeks in the US, starting at $1799 and $2399. Apple had revealed the India pricing in a press released but later issued an updated press release with no India specific pricing and release date. The earlier email received stated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID will be priced starting at Rs. 1,55,900 while the 15-inch model will start at Rs. 2,05,900.