Apple’s Upgraded MacBook Pro Flaunts Touch Bar and Touch ID, but Ditches SD Slots

October 31, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple’s MacBook event has finally got the wraps uncovered off its new MacBook Pro device, giving the anticipated ones a fruitful result for their wait. The upgraded MacBook Pro now arrives with quite a few surprises and a mix of features that got circulated in the previous rumors.

The finest upgrade is the introduction of a new OLED touch strip, which Apple calls the Touch Bar. Placed atop the keyboard, Apple’s Touch Bar now replaces the function keys of the device, but proves to be more useful than those physical buttons.

Apple’s Touch Bar will respond to touches and gestures to deliver actions that syncs to the apps that are open in the device. The adaptive retina bar can be used to control a host of functions like controlling music, accessing Siri, managing presentations, handling mails, browse web, edit documents, pictures and videos,  and much more. Besides, it also pops up emojis when accessing messages and mails, and can even suggest some emojis for the words you are typing.


The next big addition is the incorporation of Touch ID in MacBook Pro, and it comes placed to the right end of the Touch Bar along with the power button. MacBook Pro will have the same Touch ID sensors that were used in iPhone 7 devices, and it comes with a sapphire protection. It’s also paired with a T1 chip for offering the security with Apple Pay.

Apple will be having two versions of the MacBook Pro; a 15-inch bigger version and a 13-inch version that will be a batter alternate for those awaiting an upgraded MacBook Air. The bigger version will have an Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB RAM and ATI Radeon Pro GPU. It will also have four USB-Type C Thunderbolt

The 13-inch MacBook Pro will also have an i5 processor along with the i7 version, both of which will be bundled with a RAM of 8GB. The USB-C Thunderbolt ports in the device have been reduced to two. Pricing of the 13-inch variant starts at $1,499 while the bigger end device comes priced at $2,399.

Despite the specs looking impressive, the MacBook Pro still has got a downside, and it’s that Apple has ditched the Micro SD slots for its upgraded MacBook Pro device. That should be a big upset for the photo-enthusiasts, considering that the majority of camera uses micro SD to store the data. Apple has got a long tradition of being photography-friendly, and it needs to be seen how the absence of the slot will be affecting that good old relation.

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