After Microsoft's big product announcement yesterday, the pressure was on for Apple to innovate with the next generation of Macbook Pros. Tim Cook initiated the keynote in his usual style with impressive advertisements, one that stuck out showed a disabled user who was still able to edit a video without the use of her limbs.

From there, we saw some changes and new features added to existing products such as a new ‘TV' app for the Apple TV and iOS devices as well as three all-new MacBook Pro models of which I'll cover the most important details below.

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These new Macbook Pros are slimmer, lighter and more powerful than any Mac laptops ever created. Apple has decided to discontinue their production of new generation Macbook Airs and instead is offering a cheaper, dumbed-down 13-inch model without the new Touch Bar/Touch ID system.

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This new Touch Bar/Touch ID system is revolutionary and unlike anything we have seen on an existing laptop. With contextual changes based on the current application you are running, the possibilities of use and added convenience are endless.

Since there is a Touch ID sensor located at the top right of the TouchBar, you can quickly log into your Macbook Pro without the need to enter a password as well as use Apple Pay without the need to input credit card information.

The displays have improved with a brighter 500-nit panel that offers a 67% increase in contrast ratios and 25% more colors than standard sRGB.

Trackpads have grown to be double the size and the butterfly keys introduced in the 12-inch MacBook have been integrated into these new models with an all-new second generation switch mechanism.

All traditional USB/HDMI/SD Card ports have been removed and replaced with USB-C ports which all offer the ability to adapt to these connections among others and can all charge/provide power from any available port.

For those who were wondering or worrying, the 3.5mm headphone jack has remained despite its removal from the latest generation iPhone 7/7 Plus.

Battery life is advertised to reach 10 hours under regular use, and the speakers are smaller in design yet louder than ever before.

New 13-Inch MacBook (Without Touch Bar)

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This new model is the cheapest announced and is a replacement for the Macbook Air though the 13″ model is still being sold for the time being.

Base Specs:

  • 2GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor
  • 8GB 1866MHz memory
  • 256GB PCIe-based SSD
  • Intel Iris Graphics 540
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Mac OS Sierra

Pricing starts at $1,449 with base units shipping as early as Monday.

New 13-Inch MacBook (With Touch Bar & Touch ID)

This is the upgraded 13-inch version which includes the innovative new Touch Bar & Touch ID built into the keyboard.

Base Specs:

  • 2.9GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor
  • 8GB 2133MHz memory
  • 256GB PCIe-based SSD
  • Intel Iris Graphics 550
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Touch Bar & Touch ID support
  • Mac OS Sierra

Pricing starts at $1,699 with units shipping in 2-3 weeks.

New 15-Inch MacBook (With Touch Bar & Touch ID)

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This is the updated 15″ version which includes the innovative new Touch Bar & Touch ID built into the keyboard. The older 15-inch MacBook Pro is still available, but at the same price-point as before.

Base Specs:

  • 2.6GHz quad-core Intel i7 processor
  • 16GB 2133MHz memory
  • 256GB PCIe-based SSD
  • Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB of memory
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Touch Bar & Touch ID support
  • Mac OS Sierra

Pricing starts at $2,249 with units shipping in 2-3 weeks.

We have ordered a maxed our 15-inch model (besides a 512 SSD) for use in the office so expect a full review in the coming weeks after we've had some hands-on time with this new generation MacBook Pro.

Via: Apple