More importantly, the MacBook Pro computers have gone full bore USB Type-C. This shouldn’t be surprising, now that USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 and Display Port have merged to the extent that they can all use the USB Type-C socket and plug, with the internal signal automatically switching to the relevant protocol.
The 13 inch model without the Touch Bar has two USB Type-C sockets, while the other 13 inch model and the 15 inch one each have four. Each of these sockets can be used for charging, for expansion to USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, to Thunderbolt connections to various Thunderbolt peripherals, and connecting to Display Port monitors. Or to HDMI monitors with a suitable adaptor.
No adaptors are included with the computer. Certainly a USB Type-C to USB 3.0 expansion is a must have, if only to allow the use of an external mouse and flash memory sticks. But the move to USB Type-C is great. That’s the future standard for the next five or ten years and we should start seeing soon lots of native USB Type-C peripherals.
The computers are fitted with sixth generation Intel processors. The non-Touch Bar 13 inch model gets a 2.0GHz with 3.1GHz Turbo Boost Intel Core i5 (upgradable* to 24/3.4GHz dual core i7). The higher level 13 inch gets the 2.9/3.3GHz Intel Core i5 (upgradable to a hotter i5 or a 3.3/3.6GHz dual core i7). Both models are fitted with 8GB of RAM.
Two choices of 15 inch models are available: quad core Intel Core i7 processors, one 2.6/3.5GHz, the other 2.7/3.6GHz, both with 16GB of RAM. And, of course, both are upgradable (2.9/3.8GHz i7).
All models come with at least 256GB of SSD storage, with 512GB and 1TB options available, and 2TB for the 15 inch models.
And of course all models run the latest version of OS X, Sierra. All models are rated at ten hours running time, whether Web surfing or running video in iTunes.
The basic 13 inch model is available now. The others in “two to three weeks”.
MacBook Pro 13 inch with 2.0GHz i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 540, and two USB Type-C ports: $2199
MacBook Pro 13 inch with Touch Bar, 2.9GHz i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 550, and four USB Type-C ports: $2699
MacBook Pro 13 inch with Touch Bar, 2.9GHz i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD and four USB Type-C ports: $2999
MacBook Pro 15 inch with Touch Bar, 2.6GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Radeon Pro 450 graphics, and four USB Type-C ports: $3599