Apple Announces The 2016 MacBook Pro
Apple announced their new laptops in their ‘Hello Again’ event yesterday – a 13 inch and a 15 inch MacBook Pro. Apple stated that it had been some time since they meaningfully refreshed their flagship laptop. They changed that with some fundamental design changes to their new 2016 MacBook Pro.
Design & Ports
The latest flagship laptops from Apple has their latest full metal design which incorporates metal on all sides of the laptop. The laptops are also up to 17% thinner than their older counterparts. With this slimming down Apple had to make some changes to the ports on the MacBook Pro. Apple’s latest laptop has 5 ports. 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports and one, surprisingly, 3.5mm headphone jack. This means that the previous magnetic connector is gone and you must now use one of the Thunderbolt 3 ports to charge up your laptop. This is not that bad considering the Thunderbolt 3 ports support nearly everything, data transfer, display output, power input and output. Its not that great of a loss. If anything it makes the laptop more versatile.
Better Keyboard & Trackpad
Apple took their keyboard from their MacBook and made it better and put it onto the Macbook Pro. Claiming more responsiveness and greater comfort. Apple also redesigned their trackpad – it is now two times larger than the previous trackpads allowing you more space to do your gestures.
Brighter, More Colourful Display
The display has also been improved. its brighter, providing up to 500 nits of brightness. Its more colourful, boasting 25% more colours than sRGB, and it also has a higher contrast ratio. A 67% higher contrast ratio. All of these are welcome changes to the MacBook Pro since its display was good but it was never the best.
Louder, Better Speakers
The speakers have been totally redesigned. Taking design cues from the MacBook. They are said to provide up to twice as much dynamic range, 58% more volume, and up to 2.5 times louder bass. If they sound like, or are better than the speakers in the MacBook then we should be happy.
Touch Bar & TouchID for the MacBook Pro
Now easily the most interesting thing about the new MacBook Pro’s is how they now have an OLED secondary strip just above the keyboard that is a multi touch display. The purpose of this secondary display is to replace your function commands. This means that you can turn up the screen brightness, turn down the volume and etc. However, this is not the most interesting feature of the Touch Bar. The most interesting thing is how it changes based on the program you are using. For example, if you are using Safari you can view your tabs along the Touch Bar and have the ability to switch between them by just tapping on the tab you want. Another example is Final Cut Pro. you can easily swipe through your timeline by using the Touch Bar. Or if you are on the Photos app you can scroll through your photos like you can on iOS. A neat little secondary display that will only get better with time. Developers can also make their apps use the Touch Bar however they deem fit. It will be interesting to see how different apps utilise this new feature.
TouchID is something that we have been familiar with since the iPhone 5S. But its something that we have never associated with laptops. Unit now. Apple has put TouchID into the 2016 MacBook Pro. It is on the right of the Touch Bar and its main use at the moment is unlocking your laptop using your fingerprint or buying something using your fingerprint. A very cool feature indeed.
The new laptops are most welcome. But there is something confusing about them. Not all of the new laptops come with Touch Bar and TouchID. The stock 13 inch does not come with the feature. When making your purchase, be sure to look out for “with Touch Bar and Touch ID”
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