Everything You Need To Know About The New MacBook Pro

At an event in Cupertino, CA, this morning, Apple unveiled the latest in its product lineup: a new MacBook Pro. And we can't lie — we're pretty excited about it.

The MacBook Pro hasn't seen a major update in several years. Now, Apple's high-end notebook gets a much-needed redesign on the outside, but also has some serious upgrades on the inside, too. These should help you get things done faster and more efficiently, with fewer on-screen clicks.

The biggest change with the new Pro though, is something called Touch Bar. Instead of those function keys above the keyboard, there's Touch Bar, a dynamic touchscreen strip that changes according what buttons you actually need to use. It's a little strange, but potentially very useful.

Want to know more? Here are the five things you need to know about the new MacBook Pro.

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Slimmer Size

The new MacBook Pro comes in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes. The 13-inch model is 14.9-millimeters thin, which is 17% thinner than the previous generation MacBook Pro. In all, it's 23% smaller in volume, and it weighs less, too, just 3 pounds (a half a pound less than the previous version).

The 15-inch version is naturally a little bigger, but still smaller than the old model. It's 15.5-millimeters thick (14% thinner), 20% smaller in volume than the old model, and weighs in at 4 pounds.

Both sizes ditch the MagSafe, magnetic charger of the old MacBook Pro in favor of USB Type C ports. In fact, it has four of them. These ports are multiuse — you can use them for charging, for plugging in accessories, as an HDMI port, etc. And both MacBooks get 10 hours of battery life — not too shabby.
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Touch Bar

Touch Bar, which was rumored to be the biggest new feature in the new MacBook Pro, did not disappoint. Touch Bar is a touch-sensitive Retina display strip along the top of the MacBook's keyboard. It adapts to whatever app you’re using and shows relevant buttons, which you can then tap or swipe to take advantage of.

Apple went through several extensive demos of how you can use the Touch Bar with things you use every day, including email, Safari, and photo and video editing. When you're typing, Touch Bar will show you "quick type" suggestions, similar to the way your phone does. When you're in Adobe Photoshop, the controls in Touch Bar adjust based on what you're doing — instead of tapping through menus on-screen, you tap through buttons and controls on this dynamic touchscreen strip.
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Honestly, all the applications you can use Touch Bar for are overwhelming. Pretty much every native Mac app (such as Safari, Mail, iMovie, and iWork applications) has specific Touch Bar customizations. It seems like it will take a while to get used to looking down at the Touch Bar on the keyboard and using those shortcuts instead of just mousing around on the computer screen itself. But, once we do get used to that, it could be an incredibly quick way to work, combining some of the best features of a touchscreen interface without actually needing to tap all over the screen and cover it in fingerprints.
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Touch ID

The new MacBook Pro is the first Mac to include Touch ID. Why is Touch ID useful on a notebook? For one, you can log in super quickly — just like you do on your iPhone. You can also use it for payments. Instead of typing in your credit card information for websites, for sites that have Apple Pay integration (and there are a lot of them), you can just use Touch ID to confirm the purchase. (This sounds extremely dangerous for our Amazon Prime obsession.)
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A Second, Smaller MacBook Pro

Is Apple killing the MacBook Air? It looks like it. Instead of a new MacBook Air, Apple introduced a second 13-inch MacBook Pro model. This version lacks Touch ID and the Touch Bar, but it does cop the same styling as the new MacBook Pros. While the other versions have four ports for charging and peripherals, this one only has two, which means it's thinner. In fact, it's 12% thinner than the current MacBook Air, and overall smaller.
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Pricing & Availability

Okay, so when can you actually get your hands on these new notebooks? The slimmer 13-inch Pro without Touch Bar starts at $1,499 and is available today. The other two MacBook Pros with Touch Bar and Touch ID are available today starting at $1,799 and $2,399, respectively, and will ship in two to three weeks.