Apple’s new MacBook Pro comes with Thunderbolt 3 ports, which are shaped like (and work with) USB-C. Previous versions of Thunderbolt that were included in the old MacBook Pro used a different port.
So how do you connect your old Thunderbolt devices to the new Thunderbolt 3 port? With an adapter, of course. And Apple has one for you. It’s the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter, and it’s not included with the new laptop—it’ll set you back $49.
After September’s annual iPhone-focused event, it was time for the Mac to have its turn in the spotlight. And boy, did we get some major Mac news on Thursday: Apple revealed three new MacBook Pros, two of them featuring the Touch Bar, Apple’s brand-new touch control panel at the top of the keyboard. The MacBook Pro got a minimal refresh in October 2015 to introduce the Force Touch trackpad, but it’s been a minute since the line has seen a major update.
As new products come in, old products must go out—so Apple’s complete MacBook lineup now looks a little different. Here’s a look at each MacBook in Apple’s collection, including info on pricing and on-sale dates for the just-announced Pros.
Apple’s never been shy about shaving off features in its quest for slimmer, faster computing. The new MacBook Pro lineup is no exception.
Following in the footsteps of the radical 12-inch MacBook, the revamped MacBook Pro and its slick Touch Bar cull several old standbys from its design—and kill one of its siblings in the process. Here are seven technologies eradicated in the new MacBook Pro notebooks. For more details on whether we think the eliminations are worthwhile, check out Macworld’s MacBook Pro hands-on impressions.
The biggest change in the new MacBook Pro, announced at Apple’s media event on Thursday, is the elimination of the keyboard’s function keys. The Pro’s keyboard now has a contextually relevant Touch Bar at the top. That makes the keyboard more versatile than ever, with keys that change according to the app you’re using. Apple will support its own apps with the Touch Bar, of course, but will also open it up to third-party developers.
One of those developers is Adobe, a natural fit.
“This new MacBook Pro and Photoshop are made for each other,” Bradee Evans, experience design manager of Adobe Photoshop, said in an on-stage demo at Apple’s keynote presentation.
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It’s thinner, lighter, and smaller all around, but the new MacBook Pro makes a big impression. The trackpad on the 15-inch version is downright ridiculous—twice as large as the trackpad on the previous generation—but I didn’t look down and say, “Holy cow, that is a seriously huge trackpad,” until I’d been using it for a couple of minutes.
Because it’s really all about that gorgeous Touch Bar.
Apple doesn’t do touchscreen Macs, but the Touch Bar adds a strip of ultra-handy iOS-style contextual controls right where you need them, and the rest of the MacBook Pro got great updates too. After my limited hands-on time, I think it’s got the right mix of power, portability, and ports to satisfy users of previous MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models. Let’s dive right into my first impressions—we’ll follow up with a full review later.
Is Apple phasing out the MacBook Air? It certainly seems so, with the 11-inch Air no longer for sale and the 13-inch model getting a new rival in the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
That’s right, Apple introduced two 13-inch MacBook Pros at Thursday’s “Hello again” event in Cupertino. One has a Touch Bar, which replaces the keyboard’s function keys. The other keeps all of its keys, but is 12 percent thinner than a MacBook Air with two Thunderbolt 3 ports to replace the MagSafe connector and standard USB ports. (Don’t worry, all the MacBooks are keeping their headphone jacks.)
For years, Apple has been trying to solve the biggest problem with television today: cable providers that sell expensive bundles of channels we’ll never watch. The fourth-generation Apple TV took a step toward making cord-cutting easier with an App Store and Siri remote, but at Thursday’s Mac event the Cupertino company introduced another solution: an app called simply TV.
The tvOS App Store now has 8,000 apps, only 1,600 of which are from video content providers, but Apple recognized that people need a more unified interface for finding TV shows and movies to watch. The current Apple TV interface is littered with apps, and while the Siri remote is useful in finding specific things to watch, it wasn’t the best solution. The TV app takes the Apple Music approach to organization, putting your most recently watched shows front and center so you can pick up where you left off in the middle of a binge-watching session or see when your favorite show adds a new episode.
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It’s been rumored for some time, and it even made an appearance in the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update, but on Thursday Apple officially revealed a new MacBook Pro. The killer surprise-and-delight feature? It’s called Touch Bar, an OLED panel that replaces the row of function keys usually found on the top of the Apple laptop keyboard.
The Touch Bar does a lot of things, but the headline feature may be support for Touch ID. When you encounter a process that requires you to show your fingerprint (such as Apple Pay), you place your finger on the Touch ID area of the Touch Bar. The Touch ID sensor is integrated with the power button.
In a bid to get more people using Facebook’s Live video feature, the network is shamelessly snagging Snapchat’s selfie filters for its iOS app.
The new feature, called Masks, is timed around Halloween, so if you open Facebook on your iPhone over the next few days (and you happen to live in the U.S., U.K., or New Zealand), you’ll see a new mask option when you start shooting a live video from your front-facing camera.
Specifically, you have to tap on the Live Video icon at the top of your Timeline, then tap the wand in the upper-left corner of the video screen, then select the Masks icon in the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen. Yes, that’s three taps. Then you have to figure out what to say in your video, because you’re live.
The axe is falling at Twitter today after attempts to sell the company proved fruitless, and it’s falling hard. During an earnings call this morning, Twitter announced plans to lay off 9 percent of its workforce, and around noon Eastern time, the company followed that up by revealing that it’s killing Vine, the popular app dedicated to sharing short loops of video.
Twitter didn’t provide a specific timeline for the retirement, saying only that the mobile app will be shut down at some point in the coming months.
“Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way,” the Vine team said in a Medium post. “You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.”
They’re only just being announced today and already Apple’s new MacBooks are doomed. It’s a mystery why Apple ever bothers to make anything.
Writing for Boy Genius Report, Chris Smith realizes that every headline is better if you jam Apple into it.
“The Galaxy Note 7 fiasco may be bad news for Apple’s new MacBooks.” (Tip o’ the antlers to The LeeBase.)
It was just two weeks ago that the Macalope came up with the croquet clap as an even slower, more sarcastic clap than the golf clap to congratulate making a Samsung problem bad for Apple and he already needs an even slower and more sarcastic clap. Pundit-skewering has become a rat race.
“Scandinavian design” is a term Americans typically equate with the minimalism and simplicity of Ikea, a wildly popular brand of international retail stores peddling Swedish-made furniture with frequently unpronounceable names. Although the stuff is well-made, assembling it can often be an exercise in frustration.
After spending time with a unique keyboard and trackpad combo manufactured in the same country, I’m now convinced Swedes are intentionally designing products for the sole purpose of making foreigners tear their hair out.Mini Keyboard K2
Penclic Mini Keyboard K2 ($50 on Amazon) sounds like a great idea—a compact, low-profile wireless input device with soft touch keys and an ergonomic (dare I say Scandinavian?) design that slopes upward along the back. Only five millimeters thick, less than a foot wide, and just over six inches deep, the K2 looks nice and is small enough to consider portable.
Microsoft announced huge updates to its Surface line of tablets on Wednesday, as well as a brand-new Surface Studio, an all-in-one Windows 10 workstation that takes aim at the iMac. Microsoft’s first desktop PC has a 28-inch touchscreen display that you can stand upright and control with a mouse and keyboard, or tilt toward you to use with the Surface Pen or your fingers, directly on the screen.
Apple's big event in September showed us a number of new product updates—we got the Apple Watch Series 2, wireless AirPods, and, of course, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Luckily for us, Apple's not done rolling out the goods. If the rumors are true, we're expecting to see a new lineup of MacBooks during Apple's second fall event on Thursday, featuring a fancy new Magic Toolbar with a Touch ID sensor at the top of the MacBook's keyboard. We'll know for sure soon!
Join us on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific/1:00 p.m. Eastern for a play-by-play of Apple’s big announcement—we’ll be covering the event live from the audience at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. Apple will also be live streaming the event, so you can tune in via Apple TV, Safari on your Mac or iOS device, or from your PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.
This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes OverSight, an app that keeps an eye on how third-party programs use your Mac’s built-in camera and microphone. Plus, new features for Carrot Weather and Speedtest, and more. Read on!AirServer
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