Ever since Apple dropped its latest MacBook Pro with a cool but mostly unnecessary Touch Bar, programmers have been jumping at the chance to make cool but mostly unnecessary apps to run on it. This new one does not break from that tradition but it does turn your MacBook Pro into Kitt from Knight Rider.
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Apple has embraced the mono-port. With the new MacBook Pro, the Cupertino company has scrapped the myriad of ports on the previous generation of Pros and fully embraced USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 (the two use the same port type). Combined, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are an extraordinary interface that's super fast.
Logging into your computer with your fingerprint isn't new, but it still makes me a little giddy when the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, glowing brighter than the backlit keyboard appear, encouraging me to use my Touch ID to log in. I follow the Touch Bar's direction, and then I'm into my laptop. It's instantaneous. The fingerprint reader is one of the smallest improvements to Apple's all new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, but it might just be my favourite. There, hidden beneath the MacBook Pro's flashiest gimmick, is something incredibly functional and natural to use.
Hey did you see those new MacBook Pros? One of their big new features is the Touch Bar, an OLED strip that morphs into pretty much whatever button or slider you need it to be. Well, you don't have to shell out thousands of dollars to get the Touch Bar experience anymore: here's how to test it out today.
Late last month, Microsoft fired a shot across Apple's bow. With the Surface Studio and Dial and an updated Surface Book, Microsoft made clear its plans to woo Apple's old core audience of creative professionals — a group Apple has seemingly forgotten in favour of a more mainstream target. Apple fired back with the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, but unfortunately, the OLED touchscreen that replaces the function keys feels more like a gimmick than a game changer. Has Apple lost its old base? Though both laptops go for over $2000, a peek under the hood of both Apple and Microsoft's laptops tells the real story: When it comes to a mobile workhorse, at least, Apple still reigns supreme.
The MacBook Air was Apple's everyman computer, but as it slowly sunsets that notebook, we're looking to Apple for a new vision of the do-everything laptop. The MacBook Air was the computer that businesses issued to their employees, the notebook college students bought, and the laptop you saw littered across coffee shops throughout America. The MacBook, because of its price-to-performance ratio, hasn't quite hit that sweet spot. But the new MacBook Pro without Touch Bar could. This is your MacBook Air replacement, and it's going to cost you.
Damn this new MacBook Pro. As of this very moment I've had the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for just a few hours. It's small, sturdy and typing my password in was pleasant enough. That Touch Bar looks really neat too, and when I set up Touch ID to login from the Touch Bar, I felt like I was in the future.
But $US2500 ($3361) worth of overpriced, hyper-engineered Apple laptop has now crashed 23 times — a full dozen in the first hour I had this thing.
The new MacBook Pro is far from perfect. It's expensive, the Touch Bar feels like a gimmick, it's not upgradable and the USB-C ports means you'll be stuck using dongles, at least in the short-term. These are all valid reasons for Mac fans to be unhappy with the new MacBook Pro.
If you own a MacBook, you're likely well aware of how scrolling and right-clicking work on the trackpad, but you may not know how to invoke Quick Look, Notification Center, or Exposè. Whether you're new to macOS or you just never bothered to learn them, these gestures can make your life a little simpler.
Apple packed its latest event with countless examples of why the new TouchBar feature on its updated MacBook Pro will make your life inconceivably better. But the company should have just started and finished with this Nyan Cat animation that flies across the new touch-sensitive display strip.
"A gray so gray you won't want other colours pro. Built without HDMI or DisplayPort for VR pro. No SD card storage for photos and videos pro. Adapt seamlessly between all your Apple adapters pro."
Now that the new MacBook Pro is out (the one without the Touch Bar, anyway), a lot of Mac nerds are about to enter the realm of dongle hell. That's because the only connectors the new MacBook Pros have are Thunderbolt 3-backed USB-C ports.
Anyone who's ever owned a Mac probably remembers the first time they booted it up and heard that sound. It announced that you were about to begin a relationship with your computer that would probably last for many years. With the new MacBook Pro, Apple is replacing the iconic chime with cold, unforgiving silence.
After approximately 27 years, Apple is finally giving us a new MacBook Pro.
The first thing I did, when presented with the new Macbook Pro, was reach for that dimly lit display just above the keyboard. The new Touch Bar is the most exciting part of the new MacBook Pro. It's a Retina strip that sits on top of the keyboard (Retina commonly denotes a super high DPI) and is a replacement for the function keys that have existed on laptops for what feels like forever.
Today's Apple event was, uh, shockingly similar to Microsoft's live event yesterday. Both opened with a montage of each brand's products helping differently abled users experience the world through technology and then focused almost entirely on a single piece of expensive, touch-sensitive hardware. And what a piece of hardware Apple rolled out.
The MacBook Air is likely dead. Despite being Apple's most popular current computer device, and used by programmers, bloggers and coffee shop patrons everywhere, the MacBook Air appears to have been put to pasture. It's never going to get a super high resolution Retina display or a super thin bezel. Instead according to Tim Cook, MacBook Air fans should go with the tiny MacBook Apple announced last year.
Apple's new MacBook Pro has killed its function keys in favour of a touch-sensitive OLED screen above the keyboard that changes to react to whatever program you're in. It's also the thinnest, lightest, and most powerful laptop that the company has ever made. If you're keen, this is how much you'll pay for one in Australia and when you can get one.