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Apple adds touch to the new MacBook, but not to the screen

The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro dynamically adapts to the application you?re using. Photograph: (WION)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 28, 2016, 09.13 AM (IST)

Apple has introduced a new MacBook Pro, which has the traditional row of function keys replaced with a small touch screen, called the Touch Bar.

As explained by Apple, the Touch Bar places controls right at the user’s fingertips and adapts when using the system or apps like Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro X and many more, including third-party apps.

In other words, the Touch Bar adapts to display controls relevant to whatever application is being used, from email or typing text to video editing or music mixing.

The new MacBook Pro has function keys replaced with a small touch screen. (WION)

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The new MacBook Pro models, which come in 13-inch and 15-inch screen sizes, also have the Touch ID fingerprint reading sensor built into the power button. It means that users will be able to unlock machines or make online purchases using fingers to confirm their identity.

Touted to be the thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro, the new MacBook features Apple's "brightest and most colorful Retina display yet". The display on the new MacBook Pro is claimed to be 67 per cent brighter than the previous-generation model.

Featuring an all-metal unibody construction, the new MacBook Pro has a larger Force Touch trackpad. The trackpad on the new MacBook Pro is 46 per cent larger on the 13-inch MacBook Pro and twice as large on the 15-inch model.

Pricing and availability

The MacBook Pro with Touch ID, Touch Bar and a 13-inch screen costs $1,799. Apple is also offering a 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch ID and Touch Bar at $1,499. The 15-inch model, on the other hand, is priced at $2,399.

Apple has started taking orders for the new MacBook, with the Touch Bar-enabled models promised to be shipped within three weeks.

The Mac line accounted for about 11 per cent of Apple sales in the just-finished fiscal year, with the number of machines sold down by 10 per cent to 18.5 million.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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