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New MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Touch ID orders open today! Here’s the price

by Todd Haselton | October 27, 2016October 27, 2016 11:21 am PDT

Apple’s new MacBook Pro was announced on stage during the company’s Cupertino press event on Thursday. It’s a dang impressive laptop that ships in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes.

There are three total models, including a 13-inch MacBook Pro with regular function keys and an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive. Another 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch bar and Touch ID has a Core i5 processor, Iris graphics, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive. The 15-inch has Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, Radeon 450 graphics and a 256GB hard drive. They start at $1,499, $1,799 and $2,399 respectively.

Wondering what that buys you? Here’s a look:

The new MacBook Pro offers tons of new functions, including a dedicated OLED “Touch Bar” that exists above the keyboard. You can use the Touch Bar for all sorts of things, from scrubbing through photos or videos, accessing browser favorites, answer a FaceTime call, navigate through your calendar, control music playback, adjust system brightness or volume and more. The new MacBook Pro also has a built-in Touch ID fingerprint reader, which exists in the power button. There’s more.

The display is 67-percent brighter, has a 67-percent higher contrast ratio and displays 25-percent more colors. The 15-inch model supports a 6th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, AMD Radeon Pro graphics, up to 2TB of storage and a brand new thermal architecture that promises to keep the system “cooler and quieter.” The 13-inch model will ship with 6th-generation Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 chips and Intel Iris graphics.

The new MacBook Pro goes on sale today. The entry-level new MacBook Pro is available today, too, while the other two models ship in 2-3 weeks.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...