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Apple's new Force Touch trackpad makes an early appearance in the updated MacBook ProThe smaller Retina MacBook Pro gets a new CPU, faster flash memory and a new touchpad, but it's still only a minor update from the past few editions.
We've got a new twist on the familiar face. I'm Dan Ackerman and this is Apple's 2015 version of the popular 13 inch, MacBook Pro. Like the previous couple of editions of this particular laptop. It's got Apple's retina style display. Which is better than a 1080p display. Obviously, the Pro line is thicker and heavier than the Macbook Air line. But again, it has the higher resolution display. It has some other higher-end option. This guy has been updated for this year with Intel's new fifth generation of Core I series chips otherwise known by the codename, Broadwell. You've also got a faster flash memory chip. Kind of, the SSD. Than you had in last year's model. [UNKNOWN] The other big change here is that this is the first laptop to actually feature Apple's new Force Touch trackpad. You're gonna see that as a key selling point on the upcoming 12-inch Macbook, that very thin, very light system that should be coming out soon from Apple, but the first place you can get that is actually this single 13-inch Macbook Pro model. We've played around with it. It's actually a lot of fun. You click down on the touch pad. You feel like it's depressing and clicking. You press down harder and get a second click. Like kind of a stepped-click. But it's not actually going up and down. It's all a little bit of haptic force feedback that tricks your finger into thinking you're actually pressing on the button. Not, not a particular use in a thicker laptop like this. But in something that's very thin where they can eliminate the need for the touch pad to go up and down potentially very useful. One thing you can do here is you, you do that second deeper click on let's say a word. On a webpage and you can set some contextual information about it, whether it's a definition or a Wikipedia entry, or a map connected to an address, there's a lot of fun things you can do with that. It's kinda like an enhanced right-click. Other than. That this MacBook Pro looks and feels a lot like the previous couple of versions. One nice benefit from having those Broadwell chips, we got an extra hour or two of battery life out of it this time on our video test that ran for about 15 hours which is great. And of course it starts at the same 1299 as the previous versions. I'm Dan Ackman, and that is Apple's 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro. [MUSIC]