Apple’s highly anticipated new MacBook Pro has officially arrived. Well, almost.
The new and improved MacBook Pro is now on sale, following its recent unveiling at the Apple Mac event. Although the new line of MacBook Pros is out, they’re also not expected to ship for another four to five weeks.
The tech giant debuted its new lineup of MacBook Pros Thursday, four years since the company had added on to its selection of high-end laptops. The new MacBook Pros include both 13-inch and 15-inch models that include the Touch Bar and Touch ID features (the third Pro is a 13-inch laptop that does not come with the Touch Bar and Touch ID).
In the weeks leading up to the event, rumors and tech blog leaks revealed that the new features would include the Touch Bar, Retina display and improved dynamic range and bass for its speakers. Another noted difference was the USB ports or lack thereof. All three laptops come with the new Thunderbolt 3, a universal port that “integrates data transfer, charging, and video output in a single connector,” according to Apple.
The Thunderbolt 3 feature does indeed require the use of an extra adapter and cable – which means it’s time to add some new accessories to the Apple product arsenal.
While awaiting the delivery of the new MacBook Pros, it might be time to start stocking up on some new accessories for Apple’s latest MacBook Pro.
Keyboard Covers: With Apple’s debut of the new Touch Bar, the standard keyboard cover will no longer do the trick. Tech accessory brand Moshi updated its existing line of MacBook Pro accessories to accommodate the new generation of MacBook Pros, which are set to appear online and in select retail stores in the coming weeks.
Its new ClearGuard keyboard protector, a transparent keyboard protector designed from thermoplastic urethane, will seamlessly mold to the new keyboard.
USB-C to Lightning Cables: This cable will be a necessity in order to connect an iPad, iPhone or iPod to the Thunderbolt 3 port. Best Buy already has a selection on sale now for under $30.
New External Storage Drives: Although the new adapters and cables will still allow users to link their existing hard drives (with USB ports) to the new MacBook Pros, The Verge announced that tech accessory and storage solution company LaCie debuted a new external storage drive to accommodate the Thunderbolt 3. The new LaCie Bolt3 boasts a transfer speed of up to 2800MB/s – a speed which brings the price up to a cool $1,999. The new external drive is expected to debut sometime this year, according to the tech outlet.
USB-C to USB Adapters: One can always rely on Amazon for any number of Apple adapters. The online mega-retailer already carries a range of adapters for the new MacBook Pros. The adapter allows users to connect their USB accessories like flash drives, to one of the new Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports.