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MacBook Pro updated alongside MacBook Air

macbook-pro-refreshIt goes without saying that companies ought to update their hardware from time to time in order to keep up to pace with the latest and the greatest, and Apple is no different with their “Spring Forward” event, having introduced updates to their MacBook Pro as well as the MacBook Air. The 13” MacBook Pro with Retina display will now come with the all-new Force Touch trackpad, in addition to a fifth generation Intel Core processor as well as Intel Iris Graphics 6100, speedier flash memory and longer battery life. As for the MacBook Air, both the 11” and 13” models will be updated, sporting fifth generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2, in addition to having up to two times faster flash to the 13” MacBook Air so that those on the lookout for a notebook which is capable of handling the daily rigors at work will be all the more efficient.

Just what is the all-new Force Touch trackpad all about? It is said to bring up a whole new dimension of interactivity to the Mac platform. This spanking new trackpad will feature built-in force sensors which enables one to click just about anywhere, and with the presence of haptic feedback, it is capable of providing a responsive and uniform feel. One is also even able to customize the entire feel of the trackpad simply by changing the amount of pressure required to register each click. Sounds pretty cool theoretically, but it might not appeal to all since this would mean different folks have different levels of pressure applied when using a touchpad, so you would do well to configure the settings to something you are comfortable with before you use the new MacBook Pro. As for battery life, fret not, the new MacBook Pro claims to have up to 10 hours of juice, and even up to 12 hours of iTunes movie playback.

As for the updated 11” and 13” MacBook Air, one can enjoy Thunderbolt 2 that delivers up to 20Gbps, which is double the bandwidth of the previous generation, now how about that for progress? Either way, your new Mac will run on OS X Yosemite. Pricing details of the 13” MacBook Pro with Retina display will start from $1,299 onward, while the 11” and 13” MacBook Air models will retail from $1,099 and $999, respectively.

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