Apple just unveiled the MacBook Pro and here’s what to know about it.
As rumoured, it’s a Touch ID finger sensor and Touch Bar device which means the keyboard as you know it is gone. But if you don’t like the idea of removing the traditional keyboard, there’s a 13 inch model without the Touch Bar and ID. So in all, three models were announced;
- A 13 inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar
- A 13 inch MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar
- A 15 inch MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar. Apple says this one is 6.8 million times faster than the first Apple computer it released this week 25 years ago.
Chassis: Both are slimmer and lighter than what we used to know.
Touch Bar: It is a sensitive retina display that changes with whatever it is you’re doing at the time. If you’re sending a message for example, expect to see emojis to be displayed for easy access.
For applications like Photoshop, the Touch Bar brings a slider to it which is used to easily edit photos in full screen mode. Navigating between tabs in Safari for example, Touch Bar will enable you see small visual previews. It’s a lot that it can do on different apps.
Touch ID: This site next to the Touch Bar and it enables you make payments quicker in the App Store. This means that you can login instantly and even switch accounts.
Battery life: Both models offer up to 10 hours of battery life
System Functionality: the 15 inch model has a quad-core Intel Core i7 with 2133Mhz memory. It also comes with a 4GB VRAM which Apple says is about 2 times faster than the last MacBook. The smaller model which is the 13 inch comes with a 2.9Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5.
Second Generation Keyboard: this is an upgraded version of what is obtainable in smaller MacBook Airs.
Speakers: high fidelity speakers that are capable of maximally displacing air in the room. This simply means that the sound from the new MacBook Pro will drown out unwanted noise thereby giving you crystal clear sound.
Connectivity: it comes with 4 Thunderbolt3 ports. Thunderbolt is the brand name of a hardware interface developed by Intel that allows the connection of external peripherals to a computer. Thunderbolt 1 and 2 use the same connector as Mini DisplayPort (MDP), while Thunderbolt 3 uses USB Type-C. It was initially developed and marketed under the name Light Peak, and first sold as part of a consumer product on February 24, 2011
Force Touch track pad
It’s twice the size of previous track pads.
Pricing: The 13 inch without the Touch Bar will sell for $1,499/675,000 Naira while the one with a Touch Bar will sell for $1,799/810,000 Naira. The 15 inch starts at $2,399/1,100,000 Naira.