With Apple’s new “Next Generation MacBook Pro” being the headliner in terms of new hardware introduction at WWDC, there is obviously considerable interest in how the new model compares with the previous design, which continues to be offered in both 13-inch and 15-inch sizes.
Engadget posts a brief hands-on with the new MacBook Pro fresh out of the box, showing how much slimmer the new form factor is than the standard MacBook Pro.
It’s 0.71-inches thick, or roughly 25 percent thinner than the current generation Pros (which, by the way, live on — except for the 17-incher). That’s just .03-inches thicker than the 13-inch MacBook Air, but it feels like quite a bit more. Where the Air is tapered, this has a constant thickness throughout. So, again, it doesn’t feel like an Air, but it’s a big improvement over the Pro.
On the right side you have an SD card reader, full-size HDMI port and the first USB 3.0 port. (Which, by the way, is not blue — Apple just made all the ports 3.0 and they’re all naturally white.) On the other side is the other USB 3.0 port along with dual Thunderbolt ports, a headphone jack and the new MagSafe 2 connector.
The Next Generation MacBook Pro is currently available only as 15-inch model and is available starting at $2199.
The Verge has also posted a gallery of hands-on photos of the new MacBook Pro.