Just last week Apple took the wraps off its refreshed MacBook Pros that bring much-needed upgrades in tow. Besides a thinner and slimmer profile, and faster hardware, the new MacBook Pros also come with an OLED Touch Bar placed above the keyboard. This touch bar replaces the function buttons with an on-screen, touch-based implementation. Sure, the new MacBook Pros have left a lot of people drooling, but the other half is left unimpressed due to their hefty price tag. For those considering buying the MacBook Pro with OLED Touch Bar, it could be a good idea to wait until second half of 2017. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhanaAlso Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record when it comes to Apple products, expects the MacBook Pro prices to drop. In the report obtained by 9to5mac, Kuo mentioned that Apple is planning to refresh the internal hardware of its new MacBook Pro lineup as well as cut the price next year. Until now, Apple has overpriced the first product of new MacBook generation, and gradually lowered its price in the next year and the same is expected to happen with the MacBook Pro next year. He also predicts that as the Touch Bar matures and USB Type-C port becomes more mainstream, customers will be enticed to upgrade to the new MacBook Pros. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
Talking about the specifications, Kuo expected the next Apple MacBook Pros to support up to 32GB of RAM, which is dependent on whether or not Intel releases its eighth generation Canonlake processors in time. The new CPU with LPDDR 4 RAM offers up anywhere between 15-25 percent power efficiency, this saving some power allotted to additional RAM. In case Intel is unable to launch Canonlake CPUs, Apple may opt for Coffee Lake processors that use LPDDR 3 RAM, which max out at 16GB due to power consumption. It will be interesting to see whether or not these changes actually happen. ALSO READ: Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar launched: India price, specifications and features
As of now, the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is priced at Rs 155,900. It is powered by Intel s latest Core i5 dual-core processor clocked at 2.9GHz paired with Intel Iris Graphics 550, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. An option for higher storage is also present, for which users will have to shell out a little extra. Similarly, the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro is priced at a whopping Rs 205,900. It is powered by Intel s Core i7 quad-core processor paired with Radeon Pro 450 graphics, 16GB of RAM and 256GB storage. An option for higher storage configuration is also available. On the connectivity front, you get Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and two USB Type-C / Thunderbolt 3 ports on one side and a 3.5mm audio port, along with two USB Type-C ports on the other side. ALSO READ: Apple MacBook prices hiked by up to Rs 10,000 in India
Both MacBook Pro models come with Touch Bar on top and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded inside the power button. The Touch Bar strip brings virtual interchangeable buttons that changes based on the apps that you are using. If you are in photos app, the touch bar will have options to crop, rotate and more. If you are watching a video, it will give you play, pause and scrubbing options, and so on. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner, on the other hand, allows for password-less login. Powered by Apple T1 Chip and Secure Enclave, you can also use it to authorize payments on online shopping sites made using Safari browser.
There is also another 13.4-inch MacBook Pro model without Touch Bar priced at Rs 129,900. It is powered by Intel s Core i5 dual-core processor paired with 8GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 540 and 256GB onboard storage.