CNET First Look
Blink and you'll miss these MacBook Pro updatesSame body on the outside, same features, but new processor and GPU options include.
[MUSIC] Here's the good news. If you splurge on one of Apple's very expensive high end 15 inch Mac Book for a laptop when they got a big redesigned last year. You're not gonna feel specially put Put out that they're already getting updated. That's because almost everything here's the same. Same aluminum body, which is still thinner and lighter than the older MacBook Pros. Same great Retina resolution display. Inside you do get some important new parts including seventh generation Core i-Series Intel CPUs. And new AMD Radeon graphics now up to the Radeon Pro 555 and 560. It's not a gaming machine but you can do some pretty good gaming on it. If you have a much older MacBook or been waiting for newer parts, that's great. However if one or more the corky features of the redesigned MacBook Pro capture way before, then this set of revisions isn't gonna do anything much to change your mind. It's still got the same touchbar control strip instead of a function key row, some people love it, some people don't use it at all. I think the fingerprint reader works great, and there are a handful of controls like brightness and volume that I use a lot, but not all the time. You still only get four USBC ports, so get ready to buy some adapters or extra cables Some day USB-C will be the universal standard, but we're not there yet. The flatter than ever keyboard is also a sticking point for some shoppers. It does take a little getting used to but I think it's more than made up for it by the gigantic touchpad, which may be the best one I've ever used. Bonus fact, it's literally bigger than an iPhone screen. [MUSIC]