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Apple Unveils New Macbook Pro

Apple Unveils New Macbook Pro
Audra Reigle
Staff Writer

Apple has recently unveiled their new Macbook Pro at their fall event. A press release from the company says the Macbook Pro will have a variety of new features including a Touch Bar, Touch ID, larger touchpads and the macOS Sierra.

The Touch Bar replaces the traditional function bar at the top of the keyboard. It will adapt to many apps including Mail, Calendar, Photos, GarageBand and Final Cut Pro X. In Safari, the Touch Bar will show your tabs and favorites. Access to emoji in Messages will also be easier with the help of the Touch Bar.

The Touch ID is a feature from the iPhone and iPad that is being brought over to the Macbook Pro. For those unfamiliar with the feature, the user’s fingerprint will be registered through Touch ID. Once the fingerprint has been registered, users will be able to easily unlock their Macbook Pro and make purchases with Apple Pay.

The new Macbook Pro also offers a 67 percent brighter Retina display, an increase from the previous generation. The display also uses 30 percent less energy as a result of the new power saving technologies implemented. The Macbook Pros come with 8GB hard drives on the 13 inch versions and a 16GB hard drive on the 15 inch version, but all of them come with an additional 256GB in flash storage. All versions of the Macbook Pro come with up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The 13 inch Macbook Pros are already on sale with prices starting at $1,499. However, this Macbook Pro does not offer the new Touch Bar and Touch ID. Users who want those features will have to wait a bit longer for the 13 inch Macbook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID, which starts at $1,799. There will also be a 15 inch Macbook Pro that comes with the new Touch Bar and Touch ID starting at $2,399.