Today’s Apple event was, uh, shockingly similar to Microsoft’s live event yesterday. Both opened with a montage of each brand’s products helping differently abled users experience the world through technology and then focused almost entirely on a single piece of expensive, touch-sensitive hardware. And what a piece of hardware Apple rolled out.
It’s been four years since Apple churned out a new MacBook Pro design. Was it worth the wait? Based on what we saw today—yes. The new lineup is so light and thin that it functionally obsolesces the old machines, it sports a massive trackpad, and most importantly...
The key feature on the new MacBook Pro models is the Touch Bar, a touch-sensitive retina display strip that replaces the function keys. What can you do with it? That depends entirely on what apps are open—which is sort of why we’ll have to play around with it before deciding if this is actually good for anyone’s workflow.
Tim Cook spent many, many minutes bragging about how many apps and games are available for Apple TV, and then announced one more—TV. The awful name distracts from how useful it seems. Essentially it rolls up all your watch apps into one big video burrito that syncs between devices automatically. Nifty!
Apple’s Thunderbolt displays were gorgeous. Expensive as all get-out, but gorgeous. Apple discontinued them earlier this year, and now it’s finally revealed the replacement option to be a partnership with LG. No one will remember the official name, but the LG 38UC99 pulls video through USB-C, and can also charge devices that are plugged into it. Of all the things announced today in Cupertino, this is the only one you can buy right now (for a clean $1,500.)