We can’t help but wonder if Apple’s obsessive thinning of their products will at some point hit a wall, but that hasn’t happened yet. Case in point: the new MacBook Pro. It sheds about a fifth of the thickness of previous models to measure in at an impressive 14.9mm for the 13-inch and 15.5 for the 15-inch while also slimming the bezel (and thus overall footprint) and reducing weight by nearly a pound. In fact, now it’s thinner than the MacBook Air. Still, the biggest change is indoubtedly the inclusion of Touch Bar, a Multi-Touch-enabled glass strip with a Retina screen beneath it that replaces the outdated F keys with far more relevant tools and buttons. Pull up system controls like before or scrub through video, click through emojis, your browser bookmarks, and much more. It’s customizable to your liking and features a sapphire-capped Touch ID sensor on the far right to securely login and pay for online purchases with Apple Pay.
Below that is the same keyboard as the MacBook but with a second generation butterfly mechanism beneath each key, and again below that a Force Touch trackpad that’s twice as large as its predecessor to give you far more room for gestures. The screen is also improved with far brighter LED backlighting, an increased contrast ratio, and extended P3 color gamut. Of course it’s also much faster than the outgoing model — which, to be fair, was long due for an update — thanks to latest generation Intel Core i7 processors, Radeon Pro discrete graphics, and SSD options from 256GB to 2TB that are up to twice as fast as before. Of course it lost all USB-A ports and has four Thunderbolt 3 ports instead which, on the bright side, lets you power two 5K displays simultaneously. But that was to be expected — and it does still have a headphone jack.
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