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Apple MacBook Event: Everything you need to know about the new MacBook Pro and TV App
Apple has announced the new MacBook Pro with a new bright Retina Display, Multi-Touch Strip, new Keyboard and Touch ID
The highlight of the event was the new MacBook and the future of Apple TV, which has got a new app- TV. Tim Cook during the event showcased how the company wants to change the way we interact with our computers and the software that runs on them.
Let's find out how the new MacBook and the TV app brings to the table.
MacBook Pro (2016)
As expected, Apple has unveiled the new MacBook Pro series, which has the thinnest and lightest MacBook ever. In fact, it is thinner than the MacBook Air. The biggest change is the addition of a TouchBar, which eliminates the need of function keys.
What is Touch Bar?
Touch Bar is a Multi-Touch enabled strip of glass built into the keyboard for instant access to the tools you want while operating the MacBook.
For example, it can be used to control the volume, access useful function like websites, zoom-in feature, bookmarks, etcc. While you browse web, tweak the brightness levels while you watch the movie and more.
Basically, the Multi-Touch strip can adapt itself to work seamlessly with whatever software application is on the screen.
Brightest Retina Display and a New Keyboard
In addition to Touch Bar, the new MacBook Pro also feature's Apple's brightest and most colorful Retina display yet.
However, Apple has not made any changes to the resolution. The new MacBook also has a more responsive keyboard, a larger Force Touch trackpad and an audio system with double the dynamic range.
Touch ID comes to MacBook Pro
Another highlight feature of the new MacBook Pro is the addition of Touch ID. This makes MacBookPro (2016) the first MacBook to sport a TouchID.
Touch ID is also integrated next to the Touch Bar, built right into the power button. It uses the same second-gen Touch ID sensor from iPhone 6S / 7 with a sapphire cover, and includes a new T1 chip with a local secure enclave for Apple Pay security.
With the Touch ID on MacBook Pro, you can quickly switch between accounts simply by tapping the button.
13 and 15-inch Variant
The New MacBook Pro will be available in 13 and 15-inch screen sizes. In India, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will come with a 2.0 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz. It will have 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch ID and Multi-Touch Strip features a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage.
The powerful 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID runs on a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage
Price in India
The basic 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Multi-Touch strip will cost around Rs 1,29,900 upwards. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar and Touch ID could start Rs. 1,55,000 and the powerful 15-inch model is expected to be priced around Rs. 2,05,900.
The New Apple Tv App-TV
Besides the new MacBooks, Apple announced a new "TV" app for the Apple TV. It's a unified hub for content across all the various apps you have installed on your Apple TV.
The app utilizes a single sign on method and will also available for iPhone and iPad as well. It will let you access the same content with the same authentication across all your devices.