Everything you need to know about Apple’s new MacBook Pro
Apple has announced a new MacBook Pro for 2016: their thinnest and lightest design yet (and their first major overhaul in over 4 years). The new MacBook arrives with an expanded trackpad and revamped keyboard, along with a new Touch Bar which serves as a multi-touch Retina display strip located above the keyboard.
Unlike the controversial upgrade on the iPhone 7, Apple has retained the headphone jack on the MacBook Pro (thankfully). Equally controversial, however, it has removed its traditional USB ports. Instead, Apple is diving head first into USB-C, a next generation cable which looks to be an even more universal solution to peripheral device connection. The problem, however, is the overwhelming prevalence of traditional USB ports and our ingrained reliance on them. Essentially it means — similar to the case of the iPhone 7 — that we’ll be needing a new adaptor to use older peripheral devices on the new MacBook.
It’s not all disconcerting news however. Apple’s new Touch Bar looks to be a significant step forward for the machine. While boasting plenty of functional advantages for the daily user, such as swiping through photos and logging in through fingerprint ID, much of the emphasis has been placed on its advantages for working creative professionals (music producers and DJs included). From navigating Final Cut Pro via the touch strip, to looping and scratching in DJ Pro, the new Touch Bar boasts exciting potential for app integration.
The new MacBook Pro will begin shipping in the next few weeks starting at $1,799.