Jake Marold | Editor
25 years after releasing its first laptop, Apple Inc. released a new line of Macbook Pro's, with architecture overhauls, faster processing and graphics, and the eye-catching new Touch Bar.
It's Got a Touch Bar
Easily the most obvious of the major improvements to the previous generation of Macbooks, the Touch Bar adds a more intuitive layer of technology to the platform, making it easier to navigate and manipulate macOS and software that runs on it. The Touch changes depending on what program you have running, or what feature you are utilizing. For instance, if I were to open Mail, and compose a new message, the Touch Bar would display a set of standard text editing buttons allowing me to reach the features quickly and effortlessly. On another level, you can watch your favorite videos online and be able to scrub through the video through the Touch Bar, without having to move your mouse. Another new feature on the Touch Bar is a fingerprint reader, allowing you to make purchases with Apple Pay online effortlessly, or log in and authenticate certain commands within macOS with only a simple swipe of the finger.
Consumers have been skeptical about this new feature, and many are disappointed that Apple did not release a full touchscreen Macbook Pro edition. Currently, Macs have fallen behind in the creative department to competitors such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo running Windows 10 because of the lack of touchscreen functionality. My take on this is that Apple is either dipping its toes into the touchscreen laptop market or is hesitant to move into it as it wants to retain its current product image. The latter is more likely as Apple has spent a lot of time and effort bringing the Touch Bar from the drawing board to the shelves, and wouldn't make it's usage obsolete by making it touchscreen.
The thinnest Macbook Pro to date, Apple has made vast improvements to mobility while retaining speed and efficiency. The Macbook Air is going to need a new name, as the new 13 inch model of the Macbook Pro measures in at 14.9mm thick, which makes it 13% thinner!
Apple's new product comes with a 2TB SSD with 3.1GB/s speeds, which Apple claims is 50% faster than the previous model. New Intel Core i5 and i7 processors are cooled, according to a TechCrunch article on the subject, by "a new thermal architecture that promises to be quieter and lessen system overheating — both issues found in previous versions of the laptop."
It's onboard GPU has been improved, with speeds at 130% faster than its predecessor.
Apple says the screen is 67% brighter, coupled with better contrast to match it. This brings out richer colors regardless of your screen setting, and is sure to be well received by consumers.
The Downsides :(
All new models have three Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB-C), which is good in some ways meaning it can support higher resolution displays, has faster transfer speeds, etc. But the problem here is that you're going to need to buy some adapters if you need to use Ethernet, HDMI, DVI, VGA, USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1, and other not included ports.
Nothing TOO significant. After three or so years of waiting for a new Macbook Pro, the results are rather disappointing. Three long years only brought a few speed improvements, a Touch Bar for those who want to spend money, and less ports. While I do like the features and would definitely get one if I had the opportunity, I, along with a lot of other people miss the innovation Apple once brought to the table, and are still waiting for something truly revolutionary without too much sacrifice.
I recommend this device, and it seems like a great purchase. The features make up for the hefty price, and it should last you a long time while delivering unparalleled performance.
Here's to hoping the headphone jack doesn't get removed from the laptop! ;)
On October 17th, Apple will be giving a keynote, introducing long awaited new products such as the latest MacBooks, macOS features, and presumably the iPad. With iPad sales at a miserable all time low, critics are expecting major improvements, and the long awaited MacBook update is sure to turn heads. Leaked information confirms that the next MacBook will include a new touch bar above the keyboard, as shown in the adjacent image. However, we cannot make any assumptions until we've seen it, so see a replay of the event, which is at 1:00 PM EST on October 27th, when you get home.
Jake Marold | Editor
Earlier today, Microsoft Corporation announced in a keynote that a brand new update to it's flagship OS, Microsoft Windows, was nearing completion. Geared to target "creators", the update will include a host of new features, including:
Microsoft says that the update will be released in Spring 2017, giving us plenty of time to wait, wallow in suspense, and continue to see new articles on the topic as changes occur.
Jake Marold | Editor
Earlier today, tech giant Microsoft Corporation hosted a keynote, introducing a new line of Surface devices, teasing an ambitious future Windows 10 update, and more.
The Windows 10 update includes a host of new features, including a brand new Paint UWP (Universal Windows Platform) application, contacts available in taskbar, improved touchscreen and touchpad functionality as well as Cortana, and much more.
The brand new Surface Books are more powerful than ever, boasting an all new, Intel Core i7 processor as well as yet another discreet GPU to enhance graphics ability. It's becoming more and more like a complete mobile powerhouse. A new addition to the Surface line includes the Surface Studio, a massive all-in-one PC clocking in at a whopping $3000 and boasting a 4.5K ultra high definition screen, which, according to estimates, delivers 63% more pixels than a state-of-the-art 4K TV! Geared toward the professional graphic designer, video editor, and artists.
A truly gorgeous device, it has been hailed by many as the beginning of a new era of innovation on Microsoft's part, and may overshadow Apple's long awaited keynote on Thursday, which will be discussed in a future article.
The Raptor Researcher will offer in-depth analyses of the new releases and features, and will be up in the new future. In the meantime, read up on these impressive new devices and features, and prep yourself for the Apple keynote tomorrow!