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Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro gets a Force Touch upgrade

Luke Johnson

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Apple has treated us to yet another new laptop refresh, upgrading the 15-inch MacBook Pro to incorporate faster flash storage and the company’s new Force Touch trackpad.

Building on the recent introduction of the reworked 13-inch MacBook Pro and all new MacBook, the refreshed 15-inch model has adopted the four-sensor based Force Touch pad, which offers more tactile feedback to users.

Utilising the same Taptic Engine found within the Apple Watch, the Mac’s Force Touch trackpad delivers haptic feedback and can better determine between hard and soft presses to attribute different tasks to different forces.

These Force Touch capabilities have even been opened up to developers through a range of APIs.

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More than a trackpad refresh, the new MacBook Pro adds flash storage units 2.5x quicker than those in previous models, and offers an additional hour of battery life between charges. This update brings the computer’s staying power up to 9 hours.

Further updates include AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics which promise performance improvements up to 80 per cent and the latest iteration of the company’s OS X Yosemite operating system.

The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing,” Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller said.

He added: “Today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.”

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Those looking to splash the cash on the new 15-inch MacBook Pro won’t have to wait long. Despite having only just been unveiled, the high-end laptop is already available for purchase.

Available in a variety of configurations, the new Pros will set wannabe owners back between £1,599 (2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB flash storage) and £1,999 (2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB flash storage).

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