Gadget Ogling: Mac’s Back, Nintendo Returns, and Huawei Goes to the Edge

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that leads you by the hand through the sprawling labyrinth of gadget announcements to find the hidden treasure.

In our chest of delights this time around are the latest MacBook Pro, Nintendo’s new console, and a smartphone from Huawei.

As always, these are not reviews, partly because some of these items are months away from hitting retailers’ shelves. The ratings relate only to how much I’d like to try each item.

 Apple Crunch

Apple has unveiled a redesigned MacBook Pro, giving the company’s core laptop its first full refresh in a few years.

The design has metal on all sides, along with a Force Touch trackpad double the size of previous versions.

There’s a customizable OLED touch strip above the keyboard that responds to gestures and taps — a demo indicated one might use it for fast access to various emoji or for secondary controls within an app. It essentially replaces function keys, but with far more purpose and control.

To the side of the Touch Bar is the second-generation Touch ID module for fingerprint authentication.

Naturally, it’s the thinnest, lightest MacBook Pro ever, because Apple and hyperbole are tighter than Velcro and fabric. The display is 67 percent brighter and displays 25 percent more colors, though apparently somehow eats less power than before. The battery apparently lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge.

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