Hey Look, Apple Just Announced New MacBook Pros

Hey Look, Apple Just Announced New MacBook Pros

The new devices are available for purchase right now, starting at $1,799 for the 13-inch model and $2,399 for the 15-inch model.

Apple Inc. released an upgraded MacBook Pro line Thursday that's faster and has more features, targeting its loyal base of professional users like app developers and movie editors. The 15-inch variant, in particular, is aimed at pros as it is now available with up to 4TB storage, 32GB RAM, and a Core i7 or i9 processor featuring 6 physical cores. All of the newest MacBook Pros exclusively feature Thunderbolt 3 ports, which some will appreciate but all will scowl at when they're forced to buy multiple dongles to connect legacy accessories.

The 13-inch model with Touch Bar and the 15-inch model with Touch Bar have new processors and a few other updates. It is hard to know what exactly will be delivered there but they will undoubtedly deliver improved performance/power efficiency as is always claimed between processor generations. Also, storage can reach up to 2TB of PCIe NVMe SSD, but RAM remains limited to 16GB of LPDDR3-2133.

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.

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Apple's computers have never exactly been known for their graphics prowess, but the a year ago or two the company has taken the opportunity to improve its standing with official support for external GPUs connected via Thunderbolt 3. There's also a revamped "third generation" keyboard that promises to be quieter and (hopefully) not a fragile. That's one complaint with the current MacBook Pro keyboards.

For one, it's apparently the first eGPU to support Thunderbolt 3 displays like LG's Apple-approved 5K Monitor. Perhaps the 11-inch model will be the same size of smaller than the previous gen, as is often the case with new smartphone generations. The Retina displays now feature "TrueTone" technology and both MacBook Pro 2018 models include the Apple T2 security chip for enhanced security.

Kuo also predicted that Apple will replace its older MacBook Air with a new budget laptop. Non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro models remain unrefreshed.

The new computers also feature the new Apple T2 chip, which was first used in last year's high-end iMac Pro.

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