It’s been close to two years since the last MacBook Pro came out. Or any MacBook beyond that. Two years ago we were still ok with Frozen. We lived blissfully in the comfort of headphone jacks and had just been graced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. How the times have changed.
It’s been awhile since we had any new computers and Apple was due. They delivered not one but three. They've killed off the MacBook Air in favor of the Pro line. Why? The MacBook Pro line is thinner and smaller than the Airs... so yay? We’ve rounded up all the facts you need to know, here. But first, a brief narration by the always wonderful, Jony Ive.
MacBook Pros and Airs
The new Macbook Pro line is available for pre-order now and begins shipping in 2-4 weeks. The retail value will be between $1499-$2399. Both are looking to be far sharper and improved versions of their older models and will run the newest MacOS Sierra.
What We Know About the New MacBook Pro Line
With many comparisons to the Retina display released last year, the MacBook Pro 13 and 15 feature new hardware and programming to set it apart from its successors. Beyond running faster and being thinner, there's plenty of new updates to get excited about. This includes everything from an interactive Touch Bar to 10 hours of battery life.
OLED Bar A.K.A. The Magic Keyboard
Far and above the rest, the OLED bar for the Macbook Pro is it's shining new feature. Named the ‘Touch Bar’ by Apple, it creates an interactive, easy-to-use function line at the top of the keyboard. The Touch Bar will change depending on which application you are using, and is easily adaptable. This is especially important for anyone who works in video/photo editing. You can also send emojis so it's a win-win situation all around.
Plus if you really hate the Touch Bar, you can purchase the 13" MacBook Pro with regular function keys for $1499.
This opened up the door for Touch ID as well. Paying for items online via Apple Pay and signing into your accounts has never been more secure and easy. If you haven't set up Apple Pay yet, now is the time to do it. With extra security measures, it's one of the safest ways to buy online.
USB-C Ports and the MacBook Pro
It happened with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and now it's happening to the MacBooks. The new laptop is saying goodbye to many of its integral ports. The USB-C ports have survived on, but you will need to purchase an adapter for anything behind that. While the loss of ports may cause a few difficulties, the faster processing capabilities will be worth it. This also means charging will be easier with access to four different ports to charge from.
The Holly Jolly Timing of the new MacBook Pro Line
Still stuck on what to get your loved ones for the holidays. Apple has just a few answers for you. While everyone expected new iPhones and Apple Watches in September, the release of the new MacBooks is perfect timing for holiday gift givers all over. With new processing capabilities, updated software and sleeker appearances, they’ll make any Grinch smile.
All the MacBook Pros are available to order today. While you wait to purchase your new laptop, you can pick out a bag, case or sleeve from Pad & Quill to keep it safe and sound once it arrives. Plus, we’ve heard it can make a great incognito wrapping paper for even the most inquisitive of eyes.