Product Profile: MacBook Pro 2017 with Touch Bar

Published 09/13/2018 10:19 AM   |    Updated 08/21/2019 11:40 AM
Meet the Apple® MacBook Pro® (15-inch) with Touch Bar™, the most powerful Apple laptop to date. The 2017 MacBook Pro 15-inch model is equipped with a generation 7 Intel® Core® i7 quad-core processor, offering significant performance improvement (20%) over previous models.
The new OLED Touch Bar offers fingerprint scanning & in-app functions, while the spacious Force Touch trackpad gives your fingers plenty of room to gesture & click. Graphic designers will love the LED backlit display, featuring high contrast ratio & support for millions of colors.

MacBook Pro 2017 features

  • Battery life: up to 10 hours
  • Backlit Retina® display
  • Force Touch pressure-sensitive trackpad
  • Touch Bar with fingerprint reader

Operating system and size specifications

  • Operating system: macOS High Sierra
  • Screen: 15.4 inches; 2880 x 1800 pixel resolution
  • Dimensions: 13.75 x 9.48 x 0.61 inches
  • Weight: 4.02 pounds

Graphics and performance features

  • Intel Core i7 quad-core processor
  • Discrete graphics: Radeon Pro 560
  • Integrated graphics: Intel HD Graphics 630
  • Graphics card: AMD GPU

Frequently asked questions — functionality

Q: How does the new Intel 7th gen processor impact machine performance?
A: Expect smoother performance, more robust multitasking and cooler run temperatures from the MacBook Pro 15 with 7th gen Intel i7 quad-core processor. You’ll also enjoy sharper video playback with faster processing and lower battery usage, especially with 4K resolution videos.
Q: What ports are available on the new MacBook Pro 15 inch?
A: The MacBook Pro 15-inch model has four USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3. Although they allow for faster external device performance, the Thunderbolt 3 ports will require a dongle adapter if your external devices are not configured for USB-C. 
Q: How do I use the Touch Bar?
A: You can configure the Touch Bar by going to System Preferences > Keyboard. You can also customize the Control Strip (a set of your four most used keys in the Touch Bar) by going to System Preferences > Keyboard > Control Strip.
Q: What are butterfly keys?
A: The 2017 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features Apple’s second-generation butterfly mechanism keyboard. The keyboard design is very thin, giving a fairly shallow typing experience, yet the keys have plenty of give for crisp, comfortable typing. 

Frequently asked questions — security

Q: Can I use Touch ID to log in to my account?
A: Touch ID only works if you are already logged in to your account. If you log out or restart, you will need to supply a password to log back in. 
Q: Does the new MacBook Pro have a fingerprint scanner?
A: Yes, the 2017 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has Touch ID for biometric log in (located at the top of the keyboard in the Touch Bar). Touch ID also integrates with Apple Pay® financial services, allowing you to pay by fingerprint on your laptop when purchasing from a website that supports Apple Pay.

Frequently asked questions — memory and user guide

Q: Can I order a MacBook Pro configuration with 32GB of RAM?
A: The highest RAM configuration for MacBook Pro is currently 16GB. This should be plenty of memory for most users. However, if you are a professional user with greater memory needs, you may want to consider a desktop option like the iMac with Retina 5K display.
Q: Where is the user guide for the 2017 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar?
A: Apple offers a few different manuals for this model. For most tasks, you would probably consult the MacBook Pro Essentials guide.

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