The new MacBook Pro hits Apple stores this week


Apple's new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar should be hitting store shelves by the end of the week.
Apple's new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar should be hitting store shelves by the end of the week.
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If you’re itching to get your hands on a new MacBook Pro — and your fingers on its new Touch Bar — the wait will soon be over.

Sources have revealed to 9to5Mac that the newly updated MacBook Pro will be available to try and buy at Apple Stores as soon as Thursday.

The new MacBook Pro made waves with tweaked specs, including a surprisingly low 16GB ceiling for RAM. It also tosses out traditional function keys in favor of the slim new Touch Bar, a color OLED strip with keys that change according to the program you are using at the.

MacBook Pro finally ships

Prior to this, the new MacBook Pro was only available via online orders, with an estimated wait of four to five weeks for delivery. Shipping times have continued to slip after orders started, but early birds who pre-ordered started receiving notifications that their Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros are preparing for shipment last week. The units should start shipping soon.

Along with the new MacBook units, Apple stores will start stocking the latest LG UltraFine 4K and 5K displays, which were announced at Apple’s October event. They will be sold exclusively at Apple stores as well as on Apple’s website, where you can already order the 4K model (assuming you’re willing to wait up to six weeks for it to arrive).

Plenty of people were scratching their heads at the news that new MacBook Pros would feature USB-C ports exclusively, requiring adapters and dongles for any other type of connection. The backlash led Apple to slash prices on its line of USB-C adapters. The company also dropped prices for a limited time on both the new LG displays.

As for the new MacBook Pros, exactly which stores will have them in stock remains unclear. It’s a pretty safe bet that most of Apple’s mainstay locations will roll them out later this week. And if you’re still looking to find out more about the new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, the first raft of official reviews from sites like The Wall Street Journal, The Verge and CNET have gone up ahead of the launch.