The 15-inch MacBook Pro is ready for its closeup – CNET

The main upgrade to the 2017 model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro is its seventh-generation “Kaby Lake” Intel Core i processor. 

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The new 15-inch MacBook Pro retains the OLED touch bar across the top of the keyboard, like the previous model.  

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The other big 2017 upgrade: better graphics. The baseline 15-inch MacBook Pro features the Radeon Pro 555, while the $2,799 model boasts the Radeon Pro 560. 

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The starting US price is $2,399 for the 2.8GHz seventh-generation Core i7 version.

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The new 15-inch MacBook Pro maintains the same look as last year’s model. 

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In addition to the Touch Bar, the 15-inch Macbook Pro features a Touch ID fingerprint reader, similar to the iPhone’s.

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Unlike pre-2016 MacBooks, the Apple logo no longer lights up when in use.

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You’ll still need dongles for older peripherals: The 2017 MacBook Pros have four Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C ports. The power adapter is also USB-C.  

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If you still need legacy ports, the older 2015 MacBook Pro — with USB-A, HDMI and Thunderbolt 2 ports — is still available.

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The new 15-inch Macbook Pro is essentially identical in appearance to last year’s models — weighing 4 pounds with a thickness of 15.5 mm. 

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All of the new MacBooks, including the 15-inch MacBook Pro, will get more features later this year with “High Sierra” — the next version of the MacOS operating system. 

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