Apple adds Force Touch to refreshed MacBook Pro family

May 20, 2015 | 12:05

Tags: #iris-pro #laptop #macbook #macbook-pro #usb-type-c

Companies: #apple #intel

Apple has officially launched its latest-generation MacBook Pro, bringing at least one innovation from its new MacBook device to those who need more power - or simply more ports.

Apple's unveiling of the new MacBook back in March caused a stir, and not just because of its use of a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M low-power processor and svelte 13.1mm thickness. The biggest shift from previous releases came in the use of a single USB Type-C port for both peripherals and charging, a move that critics claimed was a step towards minimalism too far despite the availability of add-on modules for expanding the number of available ports.

Now, the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display family launches to silence said critics. The biggest similarity to the non-Pro MacBook comes from the inclusion of Apple's latest the Force Touch pressure-sensitive trackpad system, previously exclusive to the MacBook. The 13" MacBook Pros offer 8GB of RAM and Intel Iris Graphics 6100 along with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB PCIe-based solid-state storage and a choice of 2.7GHz or 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 chip. They do not, however, feature the USB Type-C connector of the new MacBook, instead opting for the more traditional MagSafe 2 power connector, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and an SDXC memory card slot.

Those who require more power can opt for the 15" models, which offer a choice of 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of memory, 256GB PCIe-based storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics or a 2.5GHz quad-core Core i7 model with 512GB storage and both Intel Iris Pro and AMD Radoen R9 M370X graphics with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM. Upgrades to faster processors and up to 1TB of storage are available at an extra cost.

The new models are all available from the Apple Store now, priced at £999 to £1,999 plus upgrades and extras.
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