The “Hello, Again” Apple event today wasn’t the most momentous Apple event, but it did feature some pretty cool upcoming upgrades for the Macbook! But before we get to that, we’ve got to talk about everything else they revealed.
Apple kicked off the event by revealing their new website dedicated to teaching users about the accessibility features on macOS devices and iOS. While Apple has been one of the most prominent companies to have accessible features, it’s now upping its efforts to educate its users about them.
Apple TV is getting a bunch of new applications, among them the super popular Minecraft. They’re also introducing “TV” which will be available across all of their devices and act as a hub for all your television needs. It will keep track of both on-demand content and content that’s currently airing, along with notifying users when a new episode of a show has become available.
The “watch now” feature of the app will launch a show or movie in the app in which it’s hosted and is of course integrated with Siri. The app is free and will be released for Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad by the end of the year.
Now the star of the show, The all-new MacBook Pro
The next-gen MacBook Pro features a new aluminum casing and has an OLED touchscreen at the top of the keyboard that replaces the function keys.
Don’t panic, you’ll still be able to access those keys, but the Touch Bar is basically a customizable, touchable top bar that gives you quick access to things very similarly the way you access apps and icons on the iPhone. It automatically adapts itself to whatever app you are using for ease of functionality, will show Quick Type suggestions as you type, The Touch Bar also shows Quick Type suggestions as you type, and has TouchID integrated as well, marking the first time it’s ever been used on an Apple computer.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro model is 23% smaller than the previous generation, coming in at just 14.9mm thick. The 15-inch Pro is 15.5mm thick and weighs just 4 pounds.
Here are the specs:
The batteries on all the computers are expected to last up to 10 hours, which is a full 6 hours less than what Microsoft’s new Surface i7 claims to have.
Prices range from $1,799 to $2,399.
If you’re not interested in the Touch Bar, the entry-level MacBook Pro will start at $1,499. The entry-level Pro is Apple’s replacement for the MacBook Air and it appears the only difference between them and the other Pros is the missing Touch Bar.
You can pre-order them today and shipping will begin in the next 2-3 weeks. 13-inch Entry-level MacBook Pros are available in stores starting today.