Apple MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro

Apple's newest MacBook Pro has a new display hinge, keyboard, bigger trackpad, and an OLED Touch Bar that replaces the function keys. This Touch Bar changes automatically based on what you're doing to show more relevant controls. For instance, it can provide shortcuts in pro apps like Final Cut or Adobe Photoshop, give text formatting controls in Microsoft Word, display an emoji picker, and more. It also includes Touch ID, enabling instant access to logins and secure online purchases with Apple Pay.

Apple has improved the performance of the MacBook Pro with faster Intel Skylake processors and improved discrete graphics. The high end 15 inch model has a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, which can be configured up to 2.9 GHz. It comes with a Radeon Pro 455 GPU with 2GB of memory, configurable up to a Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB of memory. It includes 16GB of RAM, which isn't upgradable. You have a choice of 512GB, 1TB, or a 2TB internal SSD.

The new MacBook Pro has four Thunderbolt (USB-C) ports that support charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, and USB 3.1 gen 2. This means dongles will be required if you need standard USB, HDMI, or other ports.

Apple's new MacBooks with Touch Bar come in two colors -- Space Grey and Silver. The 15 inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399, while the high end version is $2,799. The 13 inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,499.

Ultimately, as it exists now, the Touch Bar on the new MacBooks is mostly a gimmick. If you need a new MacBook Pro, Leo advises saving money and getting the version without the Touch Bar, which starts at $1,299 for the 13" and $1,999 for the 15" model.

- Learn more about Apple's MacBook Pro (apple.com)
- Watch Leo's review of the new MacBook Pro (YouTube)