In lieu of going full-on touch, Apple has come up with an alternative solution by ditching the row of function keys. In its place is a slim OLED screen that supports multi-touch and displays application settings, which change dynamically depending on what you’re doing. That’s not the only thing new about Apple’s slim laptop.
While the inclusion of a Touch Bar is notable, perhaps even more notable is what isn’t included. MagSafe is gone, as is an SD card slot. Apple has also opted to include four combination USB-C 3.2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, which means you’ll need new cables and dongles since the old USB ports are gone.
Apple is typically at the forefront of getting the industry to adopt new technology. But with its newest MacBook Pro, it’s unclear if this is really the direction the market is headed. Apple executives have said on more than one occasion the company will not create a touchscreen Mac, so you can kiss your dreams of a Surface Book-type device running macOS goodbye.
Is this the future of computing?
We got the base 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which comes with a 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of, and a Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB of memory. The price for the 15-inch starts at $2,399 and goes all the way up to $4,300 if you customize it.
We haven’t had a chance to really play around with Apple’s new MacBook Pro, so we’re reserving judgment for now. But based on our favorable experience with the new Surface Book, Apple may no longer be the most innovative company in tech. What do you think?