Apple reveals design for new MacBook Pro with “Touch Bar”

One of the laptop’s key new features is the Touch Bar, which makes switching between user accounts easier as well as accessing Apple Pay and other services.

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Apple has unveiled its new Macbook Pro, featuring an “intuitive” Touch Bar display, high resolution retina display and Touch ID.

The model has a new, all-metal enclosure design, and at 14.9mm thin, the 33.2cm (13 inch) version is 17% thinner and has 23% less volume than the previous generation and weighs 1.4 kg.

Interactive Touch Bar

A new addition to the Macbook Pro is the Touch Bar – a thin interactive display above the keyboard which replaces the function bar. The Touch Bar is designed to give the user more control when using different apps and systems, including Mail, Finder, Calendar and Final Cut Pro X.

For example, it can be used to show tabs and favourites for different internet browsers, allow easy access to emojis when sending messages or to edit images and videos.

Touch ID

Already used in other Apple products such as iPhone and iPad, Touch ID has also been incorporated into the new MacBook Pro, so that users can quickly unlock the device, switch user accounts and make purchases with Apply Pay on the internet by touching their finger on the screen.

The MacBook Pro also includes a new operating system, macOS Sierra, with features such as voice control programme Siri, and Apple Pay. The new MacBook Pro models retail from £1,449.

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