The 2017 MacBook Pro comes with a new feature called the Touch Bar: a long slender touchscreen that sits along the top of the keyboard in place of the old function keys. Depending on the application you're currently running - and any customisation options you may have selected - it can display and enable a wide range of functions and controls.
In Safari, for example, it shows tab thumbnails, forward and back buttons and the like; in Mail it shows QuickType typing suggestions and an emoji button. (Mail also offers more general predictive suggestions, offering to move an email to a folder that it thinks is suitable, based seemingly on scanning the contents and/or sender of the message.)
The Touch Bar supports multitouch, and there are some applications (in areas such as DJing) where you'll be swiping and tapping with two fingertips at once. And we've found it admirably fast and responsive, switching near-instantly when changing apps or changing function within an app. Losing the function keys may occasionally be annoying - we must confess to still not having found a replacement shortcut for the handy old Cmd + F3 to temporarily clear the screen of all open windows - but its wide and customisable range of functionality should make for this.
The new MacBook Pro is faster and more powerful than before, yet remarkably thinner and lighter.¹ It has the brightest, most colorful Mac notebook display ever. And it introduces the revolutionary Touch Bar—a Multi-Touch– enabled strip of glass built into the keyboard for instant access to what you want to do, when you want to do it. The new MacBook Pro is built on groundbreaking ideas. And it’s ready for yours.
Brilliant Retina display
Quad-core Intel Core i7
Radeon Pro 450 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
Up to 10 hours of battery life²
Force Touch trackpad.
- 87W USB-C Power Adapter
- MacBook Pro® with Touch Bar (Latest Model) - 15" Display - Intel Core i7 - 16 GB Memory - 512GB Flash Storage
- USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)