Apple's New MacBook Pro Has An Emoji Touchscreen

​The update we never knew we needed

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The Apple update you've all been holding out for has finally dropped - the Cupertino-based company just unveiled its first MacBook Pro refresh in 18 months. 

More than a mere specs refresh, the pro-grade laptop has been rebuilt from the ground up with a new, slimline design being paired with all manner of new features and functions. It's even got a touchscreen, with emojis.

OK, so the 2016 MacBook Pro's main Retina display isn't finger-friendly - neither the 13-inch or 15-inch models - but the keyboard-topping function keys have been subbed out for a new touch-sensitive OLED panel.

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Dubbed the Touch Bar, this long, slim Retina panel supports multi-gesture touch commands and is capable of showing all manner of machine information and shortcut options.

From your battery life and brightness to your current music playback options and Safari shortcuts, the Touch Bar will put whatever you want at your fingertips. You can even display payment information.

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Why payment deets? Well, because the new MacBook Pro also plays host to a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Taken from the iPhone and iPad, this Apple Pay-compatible has been slotted under the machine's physical power button and will do away with passwords by letting you log in with your fingerprint.

A master of many uses, the Touch Bar will even offer Quick Type predictive text options when you tap out messages. It will even throw up emojis you might want to use.

Rocking the best MacBook screen to date, it's 67% brighter and offers 25% more colours than past Mac efforts. This stunning panel improves image quality without being a drain on the laptop's 10-hour battery life.

Elsewhere, beneath the hood, the new MacBook Pro runs all manner of high-end components. Although a number of configurations are available, all 15-inch models will pair a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core chipset with faster storage up to 2TB and improved Radeon Pro graphics. By contrast, the 13-inch model can be configured with either Intel i5 or i7 chips.

It's not just power that sets the two sizes apart either. Despite both having slimmed down over past models, the screen size you choose will determine how fat your new machine is. While the 13-inch MacBook Pro lines up at a mere 14.9mm thick and 3lbs in weight, the larger 15-inch model is 4lbs and 15.5mm plump.

Running the new macOS Sierra software direct from the box, the new MacBook Pro has taken a few features from its smaller sibling, the Apple MacBook, with the smaller laptop's butterfly keyboard and Force Touch trackpad being pulled across.

On a connectivity front, the traditional USB connection is dead. Instead, each model has four Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C connectors. That means each and every port can double as your charging port.

Prices look set to start at $1,499 in the US so around the same thanks to the near worthless sterling. Start saving.