Apple has revealed its new MacBook Pro, which now features an OLED “Touch Bar” and a fingerprint sensor, with the function keys making way.
Three models of the new MacBook Pro were announced – one model with a 15-inch screen, and two models with a 13-inch screen (one of which is intended to replace the MacBook Air). The stand-out feature is a new OLED touchpad above the keyboard that Apple is calling a “Touch Bar”, which can be customised to fit the purpose needed. For example, when you’re using Safari, the Touch Bar will display shortcuts to your favourite websites, and it can also be used to adjust brightness and change the volume of a song.
The HDMI, SD card, USB-3 and power ports are no longer separate however, and users will need to purchase adapters to use older accessories. The USB 3 ports have been replaced with four Thunderbolt 3 ports – USB-C cables can be plugged into these.
Pre-orders were accepted immediately after the announcement, and the product will be ready to dispatch by mid-November.
However, you need deep pockets if you want to buy one. The 13in version costs£1,749, the 15in costs £2,349. Apple is also making a lower specification 13in version, which does not have the Touch Bar or Touch ID, and only has two Thunderbolt ports. It costs £1,449, and will ship immediately.
The prices of Apple laptops and desktop computers have risen by hundreds of pounds in the UK as the pound continues to struggle.
“Apple has to recalibrate prices after significant currency fluctuations, and since the EU referendum, UK prices are out of sync with the dollar,” said Patrick O’Brien, analyst at the Verdict Retail consultancy.
Its Mac Pro desktop computer – last updated in December 2013 – now costs £2,999, up from £2,499. While Apple’s least expensive laptop – the 13in Macbook Air, last updated in March 2015 – now costs £949, up from £849.
This news follows Microsoft’s announcement that it would raising its prices in the UK, saying some of its service prices would rise by up to 22 per cent.