Apple made a few announcements at their ‘Hello Again’ event including a newly redesigned Macbook Pro and a new TV app for tvOS and iOS.
Redesigned Macbook Pro
Apple has redesigned their aging Macbook Pro with a bigger touchpad and a new Touch Bar, which replaces the traditional row of function keys. The new Touch Bar is the same quality as Apple’s Retina Displays and is multi-touch and can adapt to what app you are using on your Mac.
The new Macbook Pro comes in 13-inch or 15-inch models like the previous version and both have Retina Displays, which Apple says is their brightest and most colourful displays yet.
Apple has also brought Touch ID to the Mac, and the sensor is located where the power button would be on the Touch Bar. That can be used to unlock your Macbook Pro and can be used to make payments using Apple Pay on the web.
Inside, you’ll find a 6th Generation Intel processor (either i5 or i7 depending on configuration), it can also be optioned with 8GB or 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB in SDD. For ports, you’ll find up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports (which uses the same USB Type-C connection). The Thunderbolt 3 ports on the new Macbook Pros can drive a 5K display and charge your Macbook Pro with only one cable.
“This week marks the 25th anniversary of Apple’s first notebook; through the years each generation has introduced new innovations and capabilities, and it’s fitting that this all-new generation of MacBook Pro is the biggest leap forward yet,” said Phil Schiller Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
The new 13-inch Macbook Pro is only 14.9mm thin and weighs about 3 pounds than the previous model while the new 15-inch Macbook Pro is 15.5mm thin and weighs about 4 pounds. Both of the new Macbook Pros come with much larger Force Touch trackpads and is 46% larger than the one on the trackpad on the previous 13-inch Macbook Pro and twice as large as the one on the old 15-inch Macbook Pro.
The new Macbook Pros will come with macOS Sierra with features like Siri integration, Universal Clipboard, Apple Pay on the web and much more. Alongside the new Macbook Pros models with the Touch Bar and Touch ID, Apple is also releasing a new 13-inch Macbook Pro with the traditional function key row, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and the same larger Force Touch trackpad, this is meant to sort-of replace the Macbook Air (but not really, except Apple has discontinued the 11-inch Macbook Air). Apple says that the new Macbook Pros will get all-day battery life (10 hours, Apple claims).
The pricing is as follows, the new 13-inch Macbook Pro with the function key row , two Thunderbolt 3 ports and has a 2.0 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, it starts at $1,899 CAD and comes in Space Grey and Silver. This model ships today.
The new 13-inch Macbook Pro with the Touch Bar and Touch ID, features a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, it starts at $2,299 CAD and comes in Space Grey and Silver. This model ships in 2-3 weeks but is available for pre-order now.
The new 15-inch Macbook Pro with the Touch Bar and Touch ID, features a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage,it starts at $2,999 CAD and comes in Space Grey and Silver. This model ships in 2-3 weeks but is available for pre-order now.
New TV App for Apple TV, iPhone and iPad
Apple also introduced a new TV app for tvOS and iOS. It will offer a unified experience for finding new TV shows and movies from multiple apps on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad. You’ll also be able to use Siri to search for video content and can tune in directly to live news and sporting events across all apps.
The new Watch Now feature will allow viewers to see their all the video content that they own from iTunes and apps. Up Next will show recent iTunes rentals and purchases and show them in the order that they are most likely to watch first. The Recommended feature of the new TV app will show viewers a selection of content that was picked by Apple’s curators as well as dedicated categories such as kids, sci-fi and comedy.
The new TV app will be available for Apple TV, iPhone and iPad in December in the US.