Apple unveiled a slate of new MacBooks toward the end of October, with updated internals, refreshed design, and of course the highly-anticipated Touch Bar. It was a long time coming, and in the interim the premium laptop market has become incredibly competitive. With every major manufacturer debuting their own version of a high-end premium laptop in the last year or two, the new MacBook Pro will have to compete in ways that the previous generations never had to.

It’s a new world out there for the MacBook Pro, so with that in mind let’s take a look at every change that Apple made for this new iteration.

New, slimmer design

At the event, Apple unveiled three new MacBook Pro models. Two 13-inch models and one 15-inch model, all of which received a number of design updates, though only the two higher-end options received the context-sensitive touch screen, the Touch Bar.

The new MacBook Pro lineup features a number of changes to the iconic external design, including the removal of the glowing apple from the back of the monitor. Taking its place is a glossy apple engraved into the aluminum unibody. More importantly, all three received a major update to their overall profile. They’re slimmer, lighter, and according to Apple, better built than ever before.

MacBook Pro 13-inch MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar MacBook Pro 15-inch with Touch Bar
Dimensions 0.59 x 11.97 x 8.36 inches 0.59 x 11.97 x 8.36 inches 0.61 x 13.75 x 9.48 inches
Weight 3.02 pounds 3.02 pounds 4.02 pounds
Display 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600, 60Hz Retina Display 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600, 60Hz Retina Display 15.4-inch 2,880 x 1,800, 60Hz Retina Display
Inputs 2x USB-C Ports, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack 4x USB-C Ports, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack 4x USB-C Ports, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack
Battery Life Approximately 10 hours Approximately 10 hours Approximately 10 hours

Additionally, all three MacBook Pros feature the same revamped keyboard with updated butterfly switches, and make the leap to a Force Touch trackpad. These two elements might not seem like much, but they’re the two aspects of a notebook that the user interacts with most, so quality is key here.

By all accounts, including our own hands-on impressions, the new MacBook keyboard and Force Touch trackpad are a joy to use. They’re the result of a uniquely Apple design philosophy, a marriage between hardware and user interface that Apple has mastered over the years.

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