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Apple Gives New 15-Inch MacBook Pro a 'Force Touch' Trackpad (Plus Other Stuff)

Apple's stalwart computing business has been quietly outperforming the broader PC market.

Katie Boehret

Apple has updated its 15-inch, Retina-display MacBook Pro laptop to include faster flash storage, an extra hour of battery life and a Force Touch trackpad — which enables navigation through certain taps on the trackpad, and also (magically, of course!) gives tactile feedback without actually moving.

Apple had introduced this technology previously in Apple Watch, a 13-inch MacBook pro model and the brand new MacBook. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch starts at $1,999.

Not to leave out desktop users, there’s also a new configuration of the 27-inch, 5K Retina display iMac. A new, $1999 model with a 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor replaces the previous (non-Retina) iMac, while a new top-of-the-line 5K iMac, which has a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics, starts at $2,299.

Apple’s stalwart computing business has been quietly outperforming the broader PC market for 35 of the last 36 quarters. Mac sales were up 10 percent year over year while the rest of the PC market contracted 7 percent, according to IDC. In Greater China, the Mac grew 31 percent year over year (at a time when the market contracted 5 percent, according to IDC).

Portables led Mac growth, with strong sales of the recently updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

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