Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad unveiled

By Kul Bhushan | Published on 20 May 2015
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The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display has been upgraded with Force Touch technology, while a new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display has been announced.

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad unveiled

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Apple has announced a new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display featuring the new Force Touch trackpad, improved battery life and faster flash storage. Apple promises faster discrete graphics and performance capabilities with the new device. The company also revealed a 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display featuring 14.7 million pixel display, quad-core processors and AMD graphics. Apple has also reduced the price of its top end iMac with Retina 5K display to $2,299 (Rs. 146492.17 approximately).

According to Apple, Force Touch trackpad in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro is supposed to bring better interactivity to the device. The trackpad will allow users to click anywhere as well as customise the amount of pressure needed to register each click. It features gestures such as Force click. Apple is also allowing third party developers to bring Force Touch capabilities in their apps. Apple claims the updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has about up to 2.5 times faster flash storage than the previous generation, with throughput up to 2GBps. The battery life has been improved to an additional hour of battery life, with up to 9 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 9 hours of iTunes movie playback.

The iMac with Retina 5K display, priced at $1999 (Rs. 127447.14 approximately). The device offers a resolution of 5120 x 2880, which is supposedly 67 percent better pixels than a 4K display. The device runs a 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 3.7 GHz and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics. Other important features include 8GB memory, 1TB of storage, connectivity options such as four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

“The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.”

Apple's new updated devices come months after the company upgraded its 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models with the fifth generation generation Intel Core processors up to 2.2 GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz, integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2, delivering up to 20Gbps. The 13-inch MacBook Air comes with faster flash storage that is said to be two fold faster than the previous generation. It's worth pointing it out here that the company is reportedly planning to incorporate Force Touch technology to its smartphones. Apple is expected to launch the technology in the next versions of its iPhones due for release later this year.

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