Apple announced few weeks ago that they would be holding yet another press conference on the 27th of October to announce some new and improved tech. During this conference Apple showed off their new Macbook Pro range along with a few other upcoming products, but with no updates to other mac models the event felt a little underwhelming.
So what’s new on the MacBook Pro? Well lets start with what’s been left out from the previous model. There are no more USB ports on the Macbook Pro, in their place are four Thunderbolt 3 ports which also now serve as charging ports since the magsafe port no longer exists. This isn’t neccicarily a bad thing as it allows for a sleeker looking overall design, although you will be needing a lot of adaptors if a lot of your devices use USB 3 or older.
Thunderbolt 3 allows for up to 40-GBPS for data transfer meaning importing large files won’t take too much time out of your day. The four Thunderbolt 3 ports also allow this new MacBook Pro to connect to two 5k external monitors along with support for two RAID storage systems.
In terms of what’s new, we have a touch bar with touch ID replacing the function keys on top of the keyboard. The touch bar will change depending on the application allowing users quicker access to certain features. Apple showed the ability to scroll through timelines in applications such as Final Cut X and Logic Pro X in some of their videos. Users can also log in and use Apple Pay with their fingerprint ID. Just how practical this new touch bar will be is yet to be seen.
There are still the two size options of 13 inches and 15 inches, and variety of different customisation options available for custom orders.