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Inside Apple MacBook Pro that swapped function key for Touch Bar

Inside Apple MacBook Pro that swapped function key for Touch Bar

Apple MacBook Pro, the newest laptop by the tech company now features a new interactive Touch Bar above the keyboard.

Touch Bar, a tiny 1 cm tall touchscreen replaces the function key row on the top of the Apple MacBook Pro keyboard.

The new Apple MacBook Pro is designed with an entirely new enclosure and all-metal unibody construction that creates a thin and light notebook, according to its maker.

There are two sizes of the new MacBook Pro. The 13-inch model which is 14.9mm thick, weighs 3 pounds and starts at $1,799. The 15-inch model is 15.5mm thick, weighs 4 pounds and starts at $2,399, according to Apple.

At 14.9 mm thin, Apple says the 13-inch MacBook Pro is 17 percent thinner and 23 percent less volume than the previous generation, and nearly half a pound lighter at just three pounds.

At 15.5 mm thin, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro is 14 percent thinner and 20 percent less volume than before, and weighing just four pounds, is nearly half a pound lighter.

Image of the new Apple MacPro
Image of the new Apple MacBook Pro

According to Apple, the new Apple MacBook Pro features the company’s brightest and most colourful retina display yet; the security and convenience of Touch ID; a more responsive keyboard; a larger Force Touch track-pad and an audio system with double the dynamic range.

This is also the most powerful MacBook Pro ever, featuring sixth-generation quad-core and dual-core processors, up to 2.3 times the graphics performance over the previous generation, super-fast SSDs and up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports, Apple says.

On the Apple MacBook Pro, the Touch Bar places controls right at the user’s fingertips and adapts when using the system or apps like Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, Garage-Band, Final Cut Pro X and many more, including third-party apps.

For example, the Touch Bar can show Tabs and Favorites in Safari, enable easy access to emoji in Messages, provides a simple way to edit images or scrub through videos in Photos and so much more on the Apple MacBook Pro.

Integrated into the power button is the convenience and security of Touch ID, one of the great features customers have come to know from their iPhone and iPad.

Apple says users can quickly unlock their Mac, switch user accounts and make secure purchases with Apple Pay on the web with a single touch, by simply enrolling their fingerprint in Touch ID on the MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook Pro display delivers images that are more vivid, reveal even greater detail and appear more lifelike than ever.

Silk Apple MacBook Pro
Silk Apple MacBook Pro







As thin as a MacBook display at .88 mm, Apple says the retina display is an amazing 67 percent brighter than the previous generation, features 67 percent more contrast and is the first Mac notebook display to support wider colour gamut.

And with power-saving technologies like a larger pixel aperture, a variable refresh rate and more power-efficient LEDs, the device maker says the display consumes 30 percent less energy than before.

Powerful processors, cutting-edge graphics, blazing-fast SSDs, high-speed memory and an advanced thermal architecture are other technologies has been built into the new Apple MacBook Pro.

”All models feature SSDs with sequential read speeds over 3GBps and Thunderbolt 3, which consolidates data transfer, charging and twice the video bandwidth in a single port allowing users to drive a 5K display and power their MacBook Pro with a single cable”, the company adds.

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Elizabeth Edozie Technology Journalist @Technology Times 08077671659 elizabeth.edozie@technologytimes.ng

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