Just in time for the 25th anniversary of the first Macbook, Apple has announced the next generation of Macbook laptops. Many of the headlines surrounding the announcement focus on the brand-new “touch bar” display featured with the Macbook PRO model.
But first, let’s look at the basics: There are two models (13-inch and 15-inch screens) that come in silver and space grey. The laptops feature a complete redesign resulting in a thinner and lighter look. The 13-inch model is 23 percent smaller and weighs in at three pounds. The 15-inch model is 20 percent smaller at four pounds.
Ok, back to the touch bar, which some serious Mac fanatics are a bit skeptical of. Located above the rest of the keyboard, it is actually both a touch-sensitive control as well as a Retina display. The tool changes with each application, altering the controls and display at your fingertips. Before you ask—yes, Adobe will bring touch bar compatibility to Photoshop by year’s end (it is currently limited).
Speaking of touch controls, it’s also important to note that the computer’s track pad is twice as large as previous models. This provides more room for gestures, such as shortcuts or making alterations in Photoshop.
Along with this generation of laptops, Apple has released a significant upgrade to the Final Cut Pro X. Much of the update integrates the touch bar with your video editing timeline. You can also customize the touch bar to display your favorite editing tools.
Read more about the Final Cut Pro X update, here.
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