Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro With Improved Keyboard, True Tone Display, More

Noel Cummings
July 13, 2018

Both new models are listed on the India site. Meanwhile the quad-core processor on the MacBook Pro 13-inch model is claimed to provide up to two times faster performance. Chief among those features is the updated eighth-generation Intel Core processor inside the machines. In the United Kingdom, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will start at £1,749 while the 15-inch is £2,349.

The new Retina display with True Tone technology on the new MacBook Pro models is said to offer 500 nits of peak brightness and support for the P3 wide colour gamut. The bad news is users won't be able to crack this box open and replace it with something more powerful, like the highest-end AMD Radeon RX Vega.

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

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Now, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities says Apple will release three new iPhone models including a slightly cheaper 6.1-inch phone without 3D touch. It is not clear if Apple will upgrade it to the new fangled electrickery.

Apple has faced criticism recently for its lack of processor updates on the MacBook Pro line despite most of its Windows PC competitors upgrading their respective models.

Upgrading the CPU from 2.6GHz i7 to the 2.9GHz i9 adds $300 and upgrading the memory to 32GB from the standard 16GB added $400 to the cost. Apple says the new MacBook Pros come with a third-generation keyboard that's quieter than before, but it continues to have the same butterfly switch mechanism and key travel that made the previous gen of MacBook Pros so controversial.

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It might not be quite the powerhouse of the 15-inch version, but it's definitely a welcome step up over the previous-generation MacBook Pro. There's also Touch ID baked in to improve security and employ biometrics to access the machine. In addition to graphics and computational acceleration, the Blackmagic eGPU is also the flawless docking hub for connecting devices such as keyboards, mice, Thunderbolt monitors, big screen HDMI televisions, high speed storage and more. Apple is also giving users more flexibility by allowing them to add 2TB SSD on the 13-inch model, and 4TB SSD on the 15-inch variant. The maximum amount of RAM available in the larger laptop has also been doubled to 32GB.

The "butterfly" keyboard in MacBook Pro models since 2016 have sparked a well-publicized recall petition and multiple lawsuits.

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