Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Touch Bar Models With Faster Processors, 'Quieter' Keyboard

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Sherri Watson | 12 July, 2018, 23:42

The new laptops, which come in the same 13-inch and 15-inch sizes as last year's models, include pro-focused upgrades like additional memory and storage, the ability to compile code faster, brighter screens, and quieter keyboards that some users have often requested since the latest MacBook Pro design was announced in 2016.

The 13-inch 2.3GHz 7th-gen Intel Core i5 and 128GB of storage starts at $1,299, while the other end of the 13-inch spectrum, one with a 2.7GHz 8th-gen Intel Core i7 chip, 16GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage will set you back $3,699.

The Blackmagic eGPU connects via Thunderbolt 3 (there are two ports) and features a built-in Radeon Pro 580, HDMI 2.0, 85W of charging power (works with 100V-240V for use around the world), and 4 USB 3.1 connections.

Apple offers the upgraded high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro with four different storage options, ranging from 512GB all the way to 4TB. For example, the introduction of True Tone, which is meant to improve the user's viewing experience.

The Apple Watch Series 3 is one of the most popular smartwatches out on the market right now, but this year Apple is expected to reveal a successor with beefed up specs, more features, and a refreshed design.

The new MacBook Pros, both of which come kitted out with Apple's largely-redundant TouchBar - also pack the firm's homegrown T2 chip that made its debut in the iMac Pro. Apple says the panel offers 500 nits of brightness and P3 wide color gamut support.

The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro model without the TouchBar is unchanged for now, as is the rest of the Mac lineup, including the 12-inch MacBook, MacBook Air, and desktop Macs.

Kuo predicted that Apple, in addition to launching three new iPhone models, plans to update almost its entire Mac and MacBook line-up this fall. So today we might have a sliver of light to share with Mac fans about various new machines, plus information about purported new iPhones, iPads, Watches and more. Both new models are listed on the India site.

Additionally, Kuo said Apple may release a new low-priced laptop, similar to the MacBook Air, but likely rebranded in a new way. The 13-inch starts at $1,799, while the 15-inch starts from $2,399.

Unfortunately, those looking at the entry-level MacBook Pro - the 13-inch with the physical function key row rather than the Touch Bar - don't get any changes.