Apple updates MacBook Pro

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Apple announced today  that the MacBook Pro lineup has been updated giving it faster performance and new pro features. Apple has dubbed it as the “most advanced Mac notebook ever.” With the updated selection, Apple is now offering four 13-inch MacBook Pros, two of which are new, and two 15-inch models, both of which are new. The new MacBook Pros are higher end models and cost between $1,799 and $2,799 if you don’t opt for any customisations.

The new laptops also bring Apple’s True Tone display technology to the Mac lineup for the first time, as well as a third-generation butterfly keyboard. Apple says the new keyboard enables quieter typing, although hopefully there are reliability improvements as well. There are no changes today to the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro.

The new laptops can be configured with up to 32 GB RAM and up to 4 TB SSD. In addition to adding True Tone from iOS, the laptops also bring ‘Hey Siri’ to Mac for the first time. ‘Hey Siri’ is enabled with the Apple T2 chip coprocessor, which also delivers enhanced system security and secure boot.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said:

Apple updates MacBook Pro

“The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made. Now with 8th-generation 6-core processors, up to 32GB of system memory, up to 4TB of super fast SSD storage, new True Tone technology in its Retina display and Touch Bar, the Apple T2 chip for enhanced security and a third-generation quieter keyboard packed into its thin and light aluminum design with all-day battery life, it’s the best notebook for pro users.”

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With the new T2 chip, which first appeared in the iMac Pro, the MacBook Pro will have more enhanced system security and will support secure boot and on-the-fly drive encryption. The chip also has some AI functionality built in; users will now be able to invoke Siri by invoking the “Hey Siri” command.

The highlights for the 15-inch MacBook Pro are:

  • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory
  • Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory in every configuration
  • Up to 4TB of SSD storage
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

The 13-inch MacBook Pro highlights include:

  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM
  • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM
  • Up to 2TB of SSD storage
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

The total cost of the most expensive MacBook Pro with all the high-end hardware and additional software, will cost you a nice $7,198.98.

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