There’s a few new Macs in town, and it’s been a long time coming!
Credit: MacWorld UK
It really has been quite a few years since Apple has really revamped the Mac line of computers. Today’s announcement will likely represent updates to the iMac, and possibly Mac mini and Mac Pro models, but we will definitely see the first “Post-Steve Jobs” versions of the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models.
Rumors point to the possibility that Apple will discontinue the MacBook Air and replace it with a 13″ model of the MacBook (with all the colors!). That’s just one speculation. It’s also predicted that the MacBook Pro models will get stripped of a lot of ports and move to the new USB-C with the possibility of keeping the headphone jack for one more generation.
With the “Hello Again” event behind us, if you haven’t already heard from my social media posts, here’s what happened:
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, announced the 25th anniversary of Apple’s FIRST portable computer.
I’ll keep this short and sweet: It’s pretty amazing to see how far computers have come in 25 years. One Apple executive joked on stage, saying that their newest product is 6.8 MILLION times faster than the first laptop made! Sometimes my computer gets so slow, I wonder how I’d survive if it ever got worse! 😛
I was and wasn’t surprised to find that the MacBook Pro was the only model that got updated. Given that Apple just recently trashed their Thunderbolt Display and haven’t touched the Mac mini or Mac Pro in a few years, maybe it would’ve been time to acknowledge those. Maybe next year, right? But given that the MacBook Pro was the star of the show, let’s do a quick breakdown of what’s coming.
Touch Bar & Touch ID
As an absolute first for the laptop world, in 3 of the 4 new MacBooks announced, Apple has boldly removed the Function keys from the top row of your keyboard! While these keys remain in the base 13″ model, the other two 13″ and the 15″ models, this has been replaced by the ALL NEW, revolutionary Touch Bar. I can’t express this concisely enough, that this Touch Bar is so intuitive and productive (you know how much I love productivity), it’s going to be insane to see how much faster we can accomplish things with the help of this crazy technology!
A few shots of the Touch Bar, from Apple’s website, to give you a picture of this amazing concept:
With the addition of the Touch Bar, comes Touch ID for the first time on a non-iOS device! This Touch ID feature pairs nicely with the addition of macOS Sierra’s implementation of Apple Pay within Safari, as well as the ability to unlock your Mac using your fingerprint!
With tons of new features, the new MacBook starts at $1,799 for the 13″ model and $2,399 gets you the 15″ model. They are both available for preorder right now and is expected to ship in three weeks. Shipping now and at a lower price point is the 13″ model that does NOT come with the new Touch Bar at $1,499.
What’s new with AppleTV
Apple announced a major addition to tvOS, called the TV App. Yes, the TV App on AppleTV. Clever, right? This is essentially Apple’s solution for the age-old TV Guide (remember those?) With the TV App, you will be able to see everything, from every app all in one place. Instinctively, you open the TV App and it will take you straight to the shows, movies and video content that you watch regularly, showing you where you left off and a quick click to jump right back in.
I have to admit, as much as I want to completely love all things Apple, flaws and all, this was a major source of frustration and I’m glad to see that it’s going away soon. I won’t have to hop from app to app or remember which network app a show is on. It will also show me when a new episode of my favorite show is available for viewing.
As if that wasn’t enough, the new TV App will become available on your iPhone and iPad when it is released this December. Apple will push a software update to tvOS and iOS with the app included! If you start an episode or movie on your iPad, you’ll be able to jump right back in on your iPhone or AppleTV where you left off.
Siri is also getting an update, and will give you the ability to see what you want, on demand. You can ask Siri to show you latest scores for your favorite teams or jump right into the action and watch live sports. Also coming in December with the tvOS update is the much-anticipated Single Sign-on feature. It’s frustrating when you have to enter your cable provider login credentials for EVERY SINGLE APP you want to use on AppleTV. In December, you will only have to enter it once and it will automatically apply those credentials to any new app you choose to access.
With all of this excitement of new products and services, you’re sure to find the Mac that’s perfect for you! If you have any questions, I am here for you anytime. Simply leave a comment below, on social media or directly at: email@example.com
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