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Apple's largest laptop adds Touch Bar support for serious design appsThe 15-inch version of the new MacBook Pro has a massive trackpad but only USB-C ports for connectivity.
Apple no longer makes a 17 inch laptop, so the new version of the 15 inch MacBook Pro is as big as you're gonna get for now. The Aluminum unibody design, is both thinner and lighter than before. And the key Keyboard has been shifted to a flatter design, and the touchpad, Apple calls it a trackpad, has doubled in surface area. Now that point is especially important, as it's one area where no PC maker can touch Apple, no pun intended. Initially that touchbar control strip that sits above the keyboard was limited to supporting Apple apps built into MacOS, and a handful of third party apps, but that list is finally growing. Spotify, has added music playback transport controls. With play, pause,search and track skip buttons. While Photoshop has much deeper touch bar integration. Brushes for example allows you to select the size or opacity of the brush from the touch bar. And even use your finger to scrub through color options. The big screen here feels even larger than it is, because it goes nearly edge to edge, thanks to a new slimmer bezel. And the massive touchpad is one of the great laptop control surfaces of all time. And the overall highly curated aesthetic minimalism, it just get more impressive the larger a laptop body and screen goes. But it's also a major investment that may only make sense if you're a serious design creative type who can justify the expense or if you have generous employer willing to buy one for you.