A Look at the Pros and Cons of Apple’s New MacBook Pro

Unveiled at last week's Apple event that was streamed live, the new MacBook Pro laptops are the company's thinnest and lightest yet. They also come with a number of new or significantly updated features, including Touch ID for Apple Pay, a brighter and more color-rich Retina display and dynamically changing Touch Bar controls above the keyboard.

However, even some of Apple's fans are criticizing other aspects of the new MacBooks, in particular their high prices and upper RAM limit of 16 GB. Additional complaints include the elimination of standard ports for USB and HDMI connections, lack of support for SD cards and even the disappearance of the Mac startup chime.

Since their debut, the new MacBook Pros appear to have been met with "tepid" demand, according to a note reportedly sent to investors by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. However, Kuo also predicted that lower prices and options for higher RAM arriving next year could mean longer-term promise for the Apple laptops.

Optimized for Performance, Portability

The updated MacBook Pro design "optimizes both performance and portability," resulting in "an extremely purposeful and powerful creative tool," chief design officer Jony Ive said in a video accompanying Apple's announcement last week. Beyond new features, such as Touch ID and the Touch Bar, the laptops also sport completely redesigned speakers, a more responsive second-generation version of the butterfly keyboard mechanism and "the best Retina display we've ever put in a notebook," he said.

One of the most visible changes is the replacement of the standard line of function keys above the keyboard by an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) strip of touchscreen keys that provides dynamically changing control options depending on the application being used. The new Touch Bar can be customized according to a user's control preferences, enables one-tap answering of iPhone or FaceTime calls...

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