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.