When Apple first announced an event for October, rumor was that the company will be bringing a refreshed lineup of Mac. At yesterday’s keynote, the rumors proved to be true (well, sort of) with its new MacBook Pro, along with a new TV app, and more. Here are the highlights from Apple October 2016 keynote event.
Meet the new MacBook Pro
After a gap of 4 years, Apple finally announced a new MacBook Pro. The brand new thinner, lighter model will feature an improved double size touch pad, a brighter display, and even a new thermal architecture that promises to make the Pro more quieter. But the most notable feature comes from its keyboard function row, or rather the lack of it. Dubbed Touch Bar, the new touch screen will replace the function row on the keyboard. This mini retina display will change its functionality and let the user easily find commands that were once hidden with whatever app being used on the MacBook Pro.
Touch ID and the new USB-C ports
Adding on to the Touch Bar, is the Pro’s fingerprint authentication module, Touch ID. Protected by a sapphire glass cover, the Touch ID’s Apple T1 chip will bring Secure Enclave hardware to the MacBook Pro. Speaking of hardware, Apple has decided to abandon the MagSafe 2 charging port, the HDMI, the Thunderbolt 2 port, and the SD Card slot all in place of 4 Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports. What’s more interesting is the fact that headphone jack is retained, despite the company deeming it obsolete on the iPhone 7.
So if you’re planning on connecting your iPhone to the new MackBook Pro, you probably need to get yourself a USB 2.0 to USB Type-C dongle or a Lightning-to-USB-C cable to do so. Unless you plan on throwing your devices out t
Apple’s refreshed TV App
At the event Apple also unveiled TV (no, not the kind sitting in your living room), Apple’s new cross platform app. This will act as a second home screen for all your favorite shows and movie across the video apps on the iOS platform. Although the company has partnered with a number of video providers, Netflix and Amazon are missing from the list.
Also, Microsoft is bringing Minecraft to Apple TV
Last but not least is, Minecraft. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Microsoft will be bringing Minecraft to the Apple TV by the end of the year. So if you’re a Minecraft player, chances are you’ll get to build virtual worlds straight from the Apple TV and join other Minecraft players across multiple platforms.
And there you have it, all the announcements Apple made at their October 2016 event. Did we miss anything? What do you think about the new additions from Apple?