New MacBook Pro Keyboard Has All-Black Design, Full-Size Function Keys, and Touch ID Ring

Apple's new MacBook Pro models were unveiled today with a black keyboard, full-size function keys, an array of full-size buttons, and a Touch ID Ring that gives you a tactile experience when unlocking your Mac.

These function keys now include shortcuts to Spotlight, Siri and Dictation. They also have the usual shortcuts for volume, display brightness, media playback, volume and other functions. These keys replace the Touch Bar that was discontinued on all new MacBook Pro models 14-inch and 16 inch five years ago.

Apple did not comment on the reason behind the Touch Bar's removal, but it stated during the "Unleashed” event that physical function keys would allow for the "familiar and tactile feel" of mechanical keys, which pro users love.

Although some users may be disappointed by the removal of the Touch Bar from the MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Pro is expected to be a popular design due to its physical function keys and the return of additional ports such as an HDMI port, SD slot slot, and MagSafe. Apple's next-generation M1 Pro chips and M1 Max chips are featured in the new MacBook Pro models. The mini-LED displays have a ProMotion adaptive refresh speed of up to 120Hz.

You can order the new MacBook Pro models now. They will be available to customers starting Tuesday, October 26, and will launch in stores. The price starts at $1999 for the 14-inch model, and $2,499 if you choose the 16-inch model. Apple announced that macOS Monterey would be released publicly one day earlier than the 14-inch model, after four months of beta testing.