Over the past few years, Apple has updated the MacBook Pro line with only minor spec, keeping the same basic aluminum unibody chassis. An interesting decision, while other companies have shaved ounces and millimeters from their laptop’s bodies, adding touchscreens, new graphic cards, hybrid hinges and 4K displays. MacBook Pro has remained the same as it has been for the past few years.
For spring 2015, Apple has updated its 13-inch MacBook Pro. It features the same high-resolution Retina Display and the same body as before, but the big company added some upgrades that run from minor to meaningful. MacBook Pro moved to Intel’s fifth-generation Core I-series chips, also known as Broadwell. With this change, the battery life gets a little boost, as well as the Apple’s soldered-in flash memory, which is similar to the SSDs. However, the main and most notable update is the Apple’s famous and new Force Touch trackpad. Even if it feels and looks like the company’s standard trackpads, the new Force Touch trackpad comes with a new click-free design that mimics the feel of physically buttons.
Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad is also coming to the highly anticipated 12-inch MacBook, where due to its extra-slim body it will fit perfectly. The 13-inch MacBook Pro will have the same price, 1,299 dollars, and at the moment this is the most wanted Apple laptop. An interesting fact is that the exterior design of the laptop remained unchanged since the 2013 model. It is 18mm thick and weighs 3.5 pounds. With such measurements, Apple’s device is the lightest 13-inch laptop around. It features a welcome design, but it’s not as great as the new Dell XPS 13, which really does move to the next level.
The laptop also features a 2,540×1,600-pixel resolution, which is more than enough for a 13-inch display. The display looks bright, clear and colorful. Apple received a lot of complains after launching the 12-inch MacBook with a single port, so they squeezed many connection into the 13-inch MacBook. The new laptop comes with three total video outs, if we count the HDMI and the Thunderbolt 2/Mini Display Port dual-use ports. SD card and USB are also present.