Apple announces new MacBook Pro in 13″ and 15″ and silver or space gray — Both models have an Oled touch row above the number keys called the Touch Bar, replacing the Function keys (F-Keys). This replaces the standard system functions of instant access to brightness and volume, and it adapts to the software you’re using: in Safari, it shows buttons for the favourite sites, for instance. Once you’re there, it becomes a back, search field, tab, and more. In photos, it has an interface for straightening a photo. In other apps it presents formatting controls for Bold, colour, etc, and can also predict who you might want to add to an email message.
[This will need support from third-party apps, and Adobe is already on board with Photoshop. Affinity Designer, Pixelmator, Sketch, DaVinci Resolve and other companies are already being revised and updated for the Touch Bar, and Microsoft is building Touch Bar support into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Skype for Business.]
You can customise every single part of the Touch Bar including system functions: in Finder, you can customise the Touch Bar so you can have a button you drag to Touch Bar in order to connect to a server.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro was 18mm, the new one is 15.5mm – that’s 14% thinner, and 20% smaller by volume. It weighs 1.81kgs (4 US pounds), a saving of .23kgs (half a pound). The 13-inch is 23% less by volume the the previous generation, and 14.9mm instead of 18mm.
The trackpad is a force touch trackpad, twice as large as the previous generation. The keyboard is all new as well. It uses the butterfly switch mechanism from the 12-inch MacBook, using a second-generation butterfly for better feel and travel.
with the new MacBook Pro, you log in with your fingerprint, which is integrated into the power button. This is Sapphire crystal, and supported by a brand new chip, the Apple T1, with secure enclave meaning you can use it for secure purchases. [Gotta love how Apple makes it easier to buy things – yes, I am being slightly cynical.]
The screen is 67% brighter, 67% higher contrast ratio and shows 25% more colours, with wide colour gamut.The 13-inch has dual i5 or i7 intel iris graphcs with 64MB of eDRAM, with the same SSD of the 15″. The 13-inch Intel graphics is 103% faster than previous 13″ in gaming, 76% in video and 3D graphics.
Both models have four USB-C-shaped Thunderbolt 3 ports – the new MacBook Pro can be charged from any one of these, and each also handles Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI or VGA.
Coming … NZ pricing, availability and the most important question of all, perhaps: what exactly is the CPU?
No Thunderbolt Display, but … Instead, Apple took the unprecedented step of working with another company, in this case LG, to make the LG Ultrafine 5k Display with wide colour gamut, three extra usb-c ports and cameras. It connects to Mac over a single cable and charges your Mac over that cable. You can use two of them at the same time: 35 million pixels driven by the graphics of the 15″ MacBook Pro.
New Final Cut Pro — This uses the new Touch Bar to see the entire timeline and shows where you are on the timeline. This is draggable to move through a project; tap it to jump to sections, and also you can zoom in on the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar shows the same overview of the timeline, but can be navigated without ever leaving full screen view.
This week is a huge week in the history of the Mac — This week marks the 25th anniversary of our first notebook. It was on Oct 25th of 1991 that Apple unveiled the first PowerBook. The PowerBook defined the modern notebook for its time, changing the category and changing Apple forever. This was the first portable that featured the keyboard forward design, with the pointing device integrated into the palmrest. It was also the first laptop with an active matrix display. Every generation of Mac notesbooks had innovation that pushed the industry forward. [Surprised none of us worked that out in advance of this Mac announcement!]
[All this info came from Apple Insider’s live, on-site blog.]