Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is here, and it’s getting mixed reviews. The laptop, which starts at $1,799 for the 13-inch model and $2,399 for the 15-inch version, comes with several compelling features, including Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, a revamped design that makes it notably smaller than its predecessors, and support for Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint scanner technology.
The reason Apple calls the MacBook Pro its biggest computing innovation in a long time is its support for its Touch Bar. The feature, which sits above the MacBook Pro’s keyboard, is a multitouch glass strip that lets you interact with software with customized function buttons. It’s essentially Apple’s answer to touchscreens found in Windows-based laptops, and is aimed at making the experience of using the company’s new MacBook Pro far more appealing.
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