Well that didn’t take very long at all! Apple just took the wraps off of its brand new 2016 MacBook Pro models, and the new Touch Bar feature is just as cool as we hoped it would be. A long OLED touchscreen replaces the top row of function keys on the new MacBook Pro’s keyboard and it dynamically changes based on your needs in the current app. So in Messages it might show Quick Type word predictions or emoji, and in Photoshop it might show image cropping tools.
Of course, there is one big downside to Apple’s new MacBook Pro models: they’re expensive. But guess what — despite the fact that Apple just announced them and they’re not even shipping yet, Amazon has already discounted Apple’s entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro and the new high-end 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and you can order them right now.
Amazon’s pricing is already well below Apple’s full retail prices, less than one day after the new MacBook Pro models were announced. Thanks to the current sale, users can get the entry-level MacBook Pro 2016 model, which does not include the new Touch Bar or Touch ID, for $1,299 in silver or for just $1,139.92 in space gray. This model starts at $1,499 on Apple’s website, so that’s a savings of as much as $360.
Moving up to the high-end 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar model, which obviously includes the Touch Bar and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, Amazon is offering the shiny new laptop for $1,799, which is $200 off Apple’s $1,999 retail price. You’ll find specs for both models below, and orders are expected to begin shipping in the coming weeks.
Apple MacBook Pro MLL42LL/A 13-inch Laptop
- 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
- Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
- Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
- Intel Iris Graphics 540
- Mac OS Sierra
Apple MacBook Pro MNQG2LL/A 13-inch Laptop with Touch Bar
- 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
- Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
- Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
- Intel Iris Graphics 550
- Mac OS Sierra
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