At least for a few weeks from now we won’t be able to say innovation has stalled at Apple. For what Tim Cook showed the world today in Cupertino could change the way we interact with our computers and also the software that runs on them.
The new MacBook Pro series has a TouchBar and no function keys. This new Retina display strip under the screen and above the keyboard can be customised to do what you want — certainly much more than what the traditional function keys could do — adapt itself to work fluidly with whatever software is on the screen. So with Final Cut Pro you could use the strip to skip frames, or flip through 50 shades of gray to get the colour on your Batman suit perfect. You can even pay with the TouchBar since it ushers in the TouchID into the world of Macs.
The new MacBook Pro, which Apple calls the thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro ever — in fact, it is thinner than the MacBook Pro — will be priced $2399 with two versions that won’t sport the TouchBar and priced $1,499 and $1,799. The new MacBook Pro also feature’s Apple’s “brightest and most colorful Retina display yet” which means the resolution has not changed. It is the first to sport a TouchID and has a more responsive keyboard, a larger Force Touch trackpad and an audio system with double the dynamic range. This MacBook Pro features the sixth-generation quad-core and dual-core processors with up to 2.3 times the graphics performance of the previous generation. It also has super-fast SSDs and up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports.
The new Touch Bar adapts itself to the apps you are using. Already, Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro X and even third-party apps like Microsoft Office will be able to exploit its features.
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In India, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with 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 could cost Rs 1,29,900 upwards.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar and Touch ID could start Rs 1,55,900 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.
The more powerful 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID has 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. This is likely to be priced Rs 205,900 plus. All three models will be available in India soon.