New Macs can feel the Force

Ap­ple’s best iMac dis­play be­comes a lit­tle more ac­ces­si­ble as Force Touch lands across the Mac­Book Pro range

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pple has in­tro­duced a new edi­tion of the 15-inch Mac­Book Pro and a sec­ond lower-price it­er­a­tion of its 5K iMac. The new 15-inch Mac­Book Pro boasts a Force Touch track­pad, Retina dis­play, faster flash stor­age, longer bat­tery life and much im­proved graph­ics. Mean­while, the new model 27-inch 5K iMac of­fers quad-core 3.3GHz In­tel Core i5 pro­ces­sors and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graph­ics and costs from £1,599. The cost of the ex­ist­ing top-of-the-range (3.5GHz) 5K iMac has been re­duced to £1,849. Th­ese 5K dis­plays pro­vide 14.7 mil­lion on-screen pix­els (5120 x 2880).

“Cus­tomers love the ground­break­ing iMac with Retina 5K dis­play, and now with a new lower price, even more peo­ple can ex­pe­ri­ence it,” said Philip Schiller, Ap­ple’s Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of World­wide Mar­ket­ing.

But ev­ery sil­ver lining has a cloud, and this re­lease is no dif­fer­ent: the lower price 5K iMac re­places the Fu­sion Drive with stan­dard HDD stor­age, weigh­ing in at 1TB.

AThe iMacs also in­clude 8GB of mem­ory, four USB 3.0 ports and two Thun­der­bolt 2 ports sup­port­ing up to 20Gbps each, which is twice the band­width of the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion.

Force Touch is a new track­pad tech­nol­ogy that uses a Tap­tic En­gine to gen­er­ate hap­tic feed­back when you do some­thing. This means you get the sen­sa­tion of move­ment from the track­pad when you click it, but the track­pad doesn’t budge. Force Touch tech­nol­ogy is also pres­sure sen­si­tive, so you can click any­where on the track­pad to launch an ac­tion. You can also use the track­pad to do new things, such as drawing an im­age, sign­ing a doc­u­ment or ac­cess­ing con­tex­tual menu items in sup­port­ing apps. Force Touch API’s are avail­able so de­vel­op­ers can in­cor­po­rate new track­pad fea­tures within their apps.

Force Touch is ex­pected to ap­pear in a next gen­er­a­tion iPhone and, while it isn’t yet avail­able to desk­top Macs, there is some spec­u­la­tion it may be­come a fea­ture in fu­ture Ap­ple track­pads for its desk­top range.

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