Apple’s new MacBook Pro has been a long time coming, and it’s fair to say that the reception may not have been the universal acclaim the Cupertino firm might have expected. While it’s sleeker and lighter than before, the new MacBook Pro doesn’t have the 7th-gen Intel processors many hoped for, and nor does it follow in the footsteps of so many Windows 10 notebooks and adopt a full touchscreen.
Instead, Apple has introduced the Touch Bar, a touch-sensitive strip that replaces the physical function key row on all but the cheapest of the new notebooks. It can change function depending on the context of the current app, and also hides a Touch ID button for easier login and authenticating payments with Apple Pay.
Meanwhile, there’s new AMD Radeon graphics in the 15-inch and updated Intel graphics in the 13-inch. Gone are almost all of the legacy ports, in favor of as many as four Thunderbolt 4 ports. That means dongles are a fact of life, at least for the foreseeable future.