The hotly anticipated Touch Bar Mac machines are here, and they’re packed with shiny upgrades.
Apple has launched two new models that are thinner and lighter than ever — a 13in MacBook Pro (14.9mm) and a 15in MacBook Pro (15.5mm).
The key features on the refreshed MacBook Pros include a context-sensitive, customisable Touch Bar that replaces the physical function key strip, giving fast access to popular commands, quick actions and your commonly used apps and programs. It’s also a powerful tool for editing media.
Touch ID makes its debut on the laptop allowing you to authorise payments, switch accounts and say bye to typing in long passwords.
Apple has also pumped up the battery life to 10-hours and simplified the machine’s exterior, trimming down various ports on the chassis, relying primarily on four Thunderbolt 3 ports for connectivity and power — and don’t worry, the headphone jack is still there.
The laptops are scheduled to ship in 2-3 weeks, and you can order them now at the Apple Store.
The 13in 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID costs S$2588, while the 15in 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 MacBook Pro costs S$3388. Both machines are available in Space Grey and Silver.
If you're not into early adopting, there's another 13in variant available. It does not come with the Touch Bar or Touch ID, retaining the same top level system control keys of old, but it has a dual core Intel i5 processor that's clocked at 2.0GHz in the same new compact package. Of course, there's the same vibrant display, new keyboard and larger trackpad, but half the number of Thunderbolt 3 ports. Don't worry, the jack is still in this one, too.
Price-wise? You're looking at S$2188 for 8GB memory and 256GB storage.