Apple made a few notable announcements at its event today, and you can learn more about what's coming for Apple's laptop lineup right here.
Also be sure to check out our live coverage of the event here:
- 2016 Mac Event Live Blog
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The MacBook Pro was definitely the star of this event, with its first major redesign since the introduction of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display in 2012. The new MacBook Pro is slimmer, with smaller speakers, and feature a Retina display touch strip above its keyboard called the Touch Bar, which can provide a multitude of abilities depending on the app you're using. The company is also introducing a version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with traditional function keys for $1,499. The MacBook Pros with Touch Bar start at $1,799 for the 13-inch model and $2,399 for the 15-inch laptop.
Apple's new Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro allows developers to develop a custom set of controls just for their app. The power button next to the Touch Bar also incorporates a Touch ID sensor, letting you unlock the new MacBook Pro with your fingerprint, or use Apple Pay without the needing to authenticate on your iPhone or Apple Watch.
Apple made some announcements for the Apple TV today, announcing that Minecraft would be making its way to the set top box. The company also talked about its desire to make the Apple TV the single destination for all of your TV content, which it's doing with its new TV app, which brings together television content from all of the apps on your Apple TV.
Final Cut Pro X
To go along with the MacBook Pro announcement, Apple has released a major update for its Final Cut Pro X professional video editing software, along with companion apps Motion and Compressor. The update brings support not only for the new Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro, but also the wide color displays. The new Magnetic Timeline lets you take a quick glance at your movie and understand where you are, with color-coded audio clips and customizable arrangements making quick edits much easier. The updates for Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor are all available for free to existing customers.
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