COULD emojis help the MacBook again deliver a laptop revolution?

Apple's new MacBook Pro will dump the traditional function keys -- from F1 to F12 -- at the top of the keyboard, replacing them with a dynamic touch screen that will show a different range of buttons depending on how you're using it.

For graphic designers, it may show buttons that will link into Adobe Photoshop.

For filmmakers it could be toggles for Final Cut Pro.

Or for people who are chatting with friends, yes, they may be your most popular emoji faces.
 

The power button on the touchbar will also use Touch ID, ensuring only your fingerprint will allow you access to the computer.

The MacBook also features a new TV app to better help users watched streamed television in one place.

Apple worldwide marketing vice president Philip Schiller said it was the "biggest leap forward yet" for the MacBook, which this year marks its 25th anniversary since it was released as the company's first notebook.

 

HIT ME WITH THE DIGITS:

  • The MacBook pro will be the thinnest yet at 14.9mm. It is 17% thinner than the previous model and 200g lighter.
     
  • The display will be 67% brighter, with 67% more contrast and will be the first to support "wide colour". It also uses 30% less energy.
     
  • The new model is "blazing fast" using sixth-generation dual-core Core i5 with eDRAM, dual-core Core i7 with eDRAM and quad-core Core i7 Intel processors. The 15-inch MacBook Pro features Radeon Pro discrete graphics.

 

  • Much larger Force Touch trackpads - 46 per cent larger on the 13-inch MacBook Pro and twice as large on the 15-inch MacBook Pro
     
  • More responsive and comfortable typing on the keyboard with a second-generation butterfly mechanism
     
  • Louder, more true-to-life sound through speakers with double the dynamic range and improved bass;

WHAT'S IT COST?

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at  AUD $2,199
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar /Touch ID starts at AUD $2,699
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at AUD $3,599 (Touch Bar as standard)
  • More custom options available on the Apple MacBook Pro site.


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