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Apple releases new, faster MacBook Pro laptops

13 July, 2018, 01:33 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Apple rumoured to be releasing a linewide hardware refresh this year

Apple says the new 15-inch MacBook Pro features up to 8th-generation 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors (up to 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz), and offers up to 70 percent faster performance. The MacBook Pro 13 gets two extra cores with Intel's Kaby Lake-R generation, so the i5 and i7 CPU's now have four cores instead of two while still supporting Hyper-Threading.

He predicted the Mac mini upgrade may come out alongside the new models MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMac with "significant display-performance upgrades". It now can be configured with quad-core Intel chips.

Plugging in the Blackmagic eGPU to the 13-inch MacBook Pro would actually give you much better performance than any 15-inch MacBook Pro that Apple sells. That's right, Apple just pulled the plug on the 2015 MacBook Pro, which happened to be my favorite system in Apple's lineup. Apple has to prove to professionals and consumers alike that it cares about the Mac and that it's worth paying its premium prices.

Along with the new MacBook Pros, Cupertino is launching new, official leather sleeves for the devices. However, the new models still use a butterfly keyboard, and those who find them uncomfortable to type on will likely be sad to learn of the retirement of the only non-butterfly MacBook Pro option. You'll have to pay $699 on top of whatever you end up forking over to Apple for that brand new MacBook Pro. It also works as a docking hub for keyboards, mice, HDMI-connected displays or storage.


This supports earlier rumors that Apple would either update or ditch the MacBook Air altogether.

Apple also updated the laptop displays with "True Tone", which the company says will deliver more natural color.

"The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we've ever made", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a statement. Rumors have been swirling for a while that Apple may redesign the MacBook Air and come out with a new, sub-$1,000 laptop in the near future.

The company went into no details on how the design was changed, but a patent request the company filed on March 7 may well show the new mechanism. It comes inside a small, compact and non-upgradable enclosure designed with Blackmagic.

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