The new MacBook Pro is a fairly significant upgrade from the ageing MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The new machine continues to keep the same resolution display, but it is 67% brighter and has 67% better contrast ratio. The Force Touch trackpad is now as much as 2x the size of that one the previous generation. The newer CPU and GPU architecture, paired with faster RAM and flash storage help the MacBook Pro to perform 57%-130% faster on video editing, 3D graphics and gaming, depending on the hardware you choose. The 13” and 15” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and TouchID have four Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 ports, and the baseline 13” MacBook Pro (without the Touch Bar and TouchID) has two of them. The headphone jack remains, but all other I/O has been removed (R.I.P. SD card slot, MagSafe, full-size USB ports).
The star of the show, of course, is the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar replaces the functions keys found on practically every computer in the last few decades. In place of the keys, a Retina Display strip with multitouch support (and TouchID) is used to display contextual tools relevant to the app you are currently using. Here’s a video that explains the Touch Bar:
The 2016 MacBook Pro celebrates the 25th anniversary of portable Mac computers. Multiple times during the event, Apple looked back and talked about how the MacBook got here. The video below, which is also the introduction video of the new MacBook Pro, shows all the portable Mac computers ever made.
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