On Thursday Apple announced new MacBook Pros, with a trackpad twice the size of the previous model, and a new touch bar that dynamically changes depending on what application you are using. The touch bar replaces the traditional function keys that computers have been shipping with forever.
You can watch full video of the announcement on Apple's website, HERE.
There is also a Touch ID sensor, to allow you to quickly unlock your laptop, or to buy items on the web using Apple Pay. (Of course, with macOS Sierra, you can also unlock your computer with your Apple Watch!)
There are 3 new models - a 13" without the touch bar (with the traditional function keys), a 13" model with the new touch bar, and a 15" model with the touch bar.
All details for the new MacBook Pros can be found at Apple's website. Below are the prices in the United States.
13" Traditional Function Keys start at $1,499
13" With Touch Bar start at start at $1,799
15" With Touch Bar start at $1,999
As an iOS developer, I was excited to watch the announcement. My laptop (the one I am typing on now) is OLD - late 2010 MacBook Air. It is getting hard to develop on this thing, so it has been in my plans all year to update to a new MacBook Pro once this year's models were announced. I didn't realize early on I'd be waiting until the end of October, but that is okay.
So what model did I get? I got a 13" MacBook Pro, with 16 gigabytes of RAM (as high as it goes), a 512 gigabyte SSD drive, 2.9 gigahertz dual-core i5 processor (turbo boosts to 3.3 gigahertz). Intel Iris Graphics 550, with the Touch Bar.
I pretty much ordered it right after the event. I had already set a budget for myself earlier in the year, and was going to buy the most machine I could with that budget.
Since I ordered right away, I will receive the new computer in the "ships in 2-3 weeks" timeframe. That equates to November 17 - November 25 when it will actually ship. All models that include the Touch Bar are now shipping in 4-5 weeks (into December), so I am glad I ordered it immediately.