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Apple Officially Unveils New MacBook Pro With OLED Touch Bar, Touch ID and More

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After the hype perpetuated from various rumors and leaks behind the new MacBook Pro, the heavily-anticipated Apple creation has finally been unveiled at a press event in Cupertino – being the first true upgrade the MacBook Pro has had in four years.

“This week marks the 25th anniversary of Apple’s first notebook; through the years each generation has introduced new innovations and capabilities, and it’s fitting that this all-new generation of MacBook Pro is the biggest leap forward yet,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the groundbreaking new Touch Bar, the convenience of Touch ID, the best Mac display ever, powerful performance, improved audio, blazing-fast storage and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity in our thinnest and lightest pro notebook yet, the new MacBook Pro is the most advanced notebook ever made.”

Crafted from aluminum with metal on all sides, both the 13 and 15-inch models will be smaller than all previous iterations, with the 15-inch coming in at four pounds, half a pound lighter than the old MacBook Pro. As mentioned above, the new MacBook Pro is the thinnest and lightest to date.

The display on the Pro is 67 percent brighter with 25 percent more colors, while a sixth generation Core processor with AMD Polaris graphics will back up the 15-inch model. The 13-inch MacBook Pro will use Intel’s integrated graphics, while the tech in turn features a quad-core processor on the 15-inch and dual-core processor on the 13-inch.

Touch ID is now also present on the New MacBook Pro, allowing you to quickly unlock your Mac, switch user accounts and make secure purchases with Apple Pay on the web with a single touch.

However, the biggest news comes with the announcement of a new TouchBar feature being added to the laptop, an OLED strip that responds to gestures. The TouchBar pretty much does it all – you’ll be able to use it to move through tabs in browsers, verify your fingerprint, use your favorite emojis, and move in between users. Best of all, the TouchBar is completely customizable – which probably means you’ll be able to do whatever the hell you want with it for the ultimate personalization experience.

Additional features include much larger Force Touch trackpads, more responsive and comfortable typing on the keyboard with a second-generation butterfly mechanism, more true-to-life sound through speakers with double the dynamic range and improved bass, and macOS Sierra, the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new updates like Siri integration, Universal Clipboard, Apple Pay on the web and Photos, which helps you rediscover your meaningful memories, organize your library and perfect shots.

Oh, and let’s not forget — the headphone jack is still there, but the USB ports, not so much.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,499 USD, while the 15-inch has a base price of $2,399 USD. For more, follow on over to Apple.

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