Apple refreshes MacBook Pro, iMac lineups

Apple refreshes MacBook Pro, iMac lineups

NEW YORK — Apple is touching up its 15-inch MacBook Pro line.
The company’s premium Pro notebooks get the “Force Touch” trackpad that was showcased earlier this spring on its new MacBook laptop. MacBook Pros also gain an extra hour of battery life, Apple says, bringing to about nine hours. The machines start at $1,999.

The Force Touch trackpad is so named because of its haptic feedback. And the trackpad can detect the amount of pressure you apply to the surface, leading to different outcomes. Pressing hard on a word a webpage, for example, may let you quickly summon a definition or synonym for that word. Pressing down hard on an address may open a map.

The top of the line $2,499 15-inch MacBook Pro also gets “discrete” graphics that Apple says will be about 80% faster than before. Apple says the flash storage on the new MacBook Pros are also two-and-a-half times faster than the previous generation.

Separately, Apple added a new $1999 configuration to its 27-inch iMac lineup with a Retina 5K display, which replaces what had been the top non-Retina iMac. Apple also lowered the price of the top-end iMac with Retina 5K to $2,299.

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