By: Evan Hoogewoonink
On October 27th, 2016 Apple announced their newest reveal, the Macbook Pro.
There have been many changes to this new device, since it’s predecessor came out in 2015. Everything from screen display, thinness, the apple logo, and even a touch bar.
Unfortunately for consumers, the13 inch, 2.7GHz processor, 128 gigabyte storage model starts at $ 1,549. This price does not include the new touch feature, if you wanted touch the price increases to $1,899. The 15 inch Macbook Pro is staring at $2,449 for the 2.2GHz processor, 256 gigabyte storage model, but with the touch feature? A staggering $2,999. Next up is the weight and thinness of the laptop. The 13 inch model is 14.9mm thin, (17% thinner than that of the previous generation), weighing half a pound less than the last generation.The 15 inch model is 15.5mm thin, (20% less in volume than that of the last generation). It weighs only 4 pounds, which is very light for a 15 inch laptop. As for the Apple logo, on the new Macbook Pros it no longer lights up. Apple has replaced the old logo with a metal Apple on the casing. The 13 inch Macbook Air is now the last MacBook to have a light-up logo, along with the still-available 2015 MacBook Pro.
As for the most dramatic of changes, Apple has taken a huge step on this next detail, their first ever touch bar. It’s a customizable strip-screen that allows for slicker control to certain apps and software such as photo editing or iMovie. The touch bar also has touch ID, similar to your iPhone.
Now onto the specs, Apple has improved the displays on both new MacBook Pro models, making them 67% brighter. They also have 67% higher contrast ratio and display 25% more colour than the previous generation. Apple has claimed that the speakers have twice the dynamic range of audio in comparison to their last generation. That means that this Macbook can play up to 58% louder and has up to 2.5x louder bass. Compared to the older Macbook, this new one is going to have 130% faster graphics, up to 3.8GHz turbo processing, and up to 10 hours of battery life. The new Macbook Pro also has an up to 2x larger trackpad than the older one and has 4x more key stability.
Even with all of these new features, some are left disappointed, hoping for a touchscreen display. The features do undoubtedly sound great, but it’s up to you, the consumer, to decide if they’re worth their hefty price tag.
The New and Improved Macbook Pro By: Evan Hoogewoonink