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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The last major update to the MacBook Pro was in 2012. Sure, it's had incremental upgrades like a higher-res Retina display and the Force Touch haptic trackpad since then, but we've been waiting a long time for something new. (We've been waiting even longer for a new MacBook Air.) It seems all but certain, though, that Apple will hold an event on October 28th Australian time to introduce the world to a new, high-tech MacBook Pro — possibly with a set of function keys that are also full-colour touchscreens.

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Twenty-seven years ago yesterday, Apple introduced its first battery-powered Mac, the Macintosh Portable. I could take this time to reflect on 27 years of portable Macs and all they have given to us (the cameos in Sex and the City alone are life changing), but instead I'm just reminded that if feels like it has been 27 goddamn years since we got a new MacBook Pro.

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In 2012 the Macbook Pro Retina wasn't so much the next stage of laptops as it was a fun oddity by Apple. It was a workstation, designed to handle gruelling video and photo editing tasks with aplomb, but it was missing some workstation musts, like a DVD drive or Ethernet port. Instead it was thinner and lighter than a traditional Macbook Pro, had a gorgeous 1800p display and was outfitted with a solid state drive.

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We've been waiting four painful years for new MacBook Pros, and if you've been holding on to your dying machine in hopes that a refreshed line must be imminent, we're sorry to inform you that you're going to have to wait even longer. According to Bloomberg's Apple sleuth Mark Gurman, the new MacBook Pros are coming — but not at the early September iPhone event as many had hoped.

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Apple's annual developer conference, WWDC, is nearly upon us. The event runs from June 13-17 and traditionally serves as the launching point for major updates to iOS, OS X and the company's other platforms. In the last few years, the updates to Apple's two major OSes has been relatively small and boring for anyone who doesn't have Xcode developer tools installed on their computer.

But this year, Apple is expected to make some big announcements that non-developers can get excited about — namely major updates to its two most popular laptop lines: The Macbook Air and Macbook Pro. So what else might be revealed? Here's what you can expect from Apple WWDC 2016.