Apple has unveiled its new MacBook Pro for 2016 and 2017, a day after Microsoft announced its new Surface Book i7. Is it worth getting excited about? New MacBook Pro release date, UK price and specification.
Update November 2016: Many people have expressed their disdain at Apple for raising the prices of its Mac line-up well above what they consider to be fair in relation to Brexit woes, but it would appear there is still some hope. According to MacRumors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects cheaper MacBooks to be released in 2017 with support for 32GB of RAM.
New MacBook Pro 2016
On the week of the Apple laptop’s 25th anniversary, Apple has just announced the best MacBook Pro yet. There are 13- and 15in models with new all-aluminium designs that are significantly thinner and lighter than their predecessors, just 14.9mm thin and 3lb for the 13in model and 15.5mm and 4lb for the 15in model.
The new MacBook Pros, available in Silver and Space Grey, come complete with a two times larger Force Touch trackpad and a new context-sensitive Retina display Touch Bar that replaces the row of Function keys. Touch ID is also built-in with Secure Enclave and protected with Sapphire glass.
The new Touch Bar consumed most of Apple’s demonstration, and it does look cool. What functions it offers entirely depend on the app you’re in. For example, you might get emoji in the Messages app, favourite sites in Safari, and options to reply or delete in Mail.
In Photos are useful editing controls, and we particularly like the look of the quick type function in relevant apps, which may speed up typing. The keyboard itself has also been improved, with new second-generation Butterfly-style switch mechanisms that are more responsive and offer better travel.