Touch Pad Has Apple Fans Stroking Their Macs More
The highlight of Apple’s fall hardware refresh was the much leaked Touch Bar on its new Core i7 powered MacBook hardware. The feature itself is a strip of glass in place of the usual function keys. With multitouch, it can provide dedicated features for apps, media controls and even a range of emoji for when you want to play at social media.
The whole idea might have Steve Jobs turning in his grave, as it yells gimmick and adds complexity to the product. However, in the post-Jobs era, Apple feels the need to add spangly features that it can shout about, rather than letting a solid product do the talking. Is the highjacking of the typical Style or Format bar from a menu or widget really worth Apple getting all excited? We’ll see when the product hits the market in mid-November.
Other features on the new MacBook Pro devices include the welcome addition of Touch ID, located in the power button. There’s also a brighter display, bigger jumbo-sized trackpad, and more power with Intel’s Core i7 processors and Iris Graphics for more grunt.
Apple Plays the Same Old Thinner, Lighter Tune
All of this comes in a sleeker, lighter design, as Apple continues to unnecessarily push the engineering boundaries. Have they not learned from Samsung, that pushing everything thinner will eventually result in a Breaking Bad scenario?
Either way, the new models, will presumably remain highly popular, profitable (for Apple) purchases, even as overall Mac sales continue to fall. Apple sold 4.3 million Macs in Q3 2016, generating revenue of around $5.2bn while most PC makers barely scratch out a profit.
The Touch Bar naturally adds to the cost, with a 13-inch MacBook Pro from $1,799 (compared to $1,499 without) sporting a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB of flash storage. The bigger 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399 with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage.
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Source: Bill Evans, Starlayne Meza (Apple Press release)
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