Hey Look, Apple Just Announced New MacBook Pros

Florence Fletcher
July 13, 2018

The eGPU is a freestanding extruded aluminum enclosure for an included Radeon Pro 580 GPU - the same GPU included in Apple's high-end 27-inch iMac previous year - with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.1 connectivity.

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

A few of the more interesting excerpts regarding the new MacBook Pro keyboard can be viewed below. Both of the smart watches are expected to be released with enhanced heart rate detection.

It comes with Apple's own T2 system on chip for security features, plus a True Tone Retina display that adjust the white balance based on the ambient lighting and viewing circumstances.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro gets a bit more attention.

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Prices start at £1,149 for the 13-inch model, £2,349 for the 15-inch, and you can order them today from the Apple website and select Apple stores.

Just when we thought the MacBook Pro was as good as it gets, Apple jumped right in and surprised as all with the new 2018 lineup that is capable of putting a lot of notebooks out there to shame. Both the 13-inch and 15in MacBook Pros with Touch Bar will now come equipped with the latest eighth-generation Intel Core i5, i7 and i9 processors, bringing them into line with competition from Windows PC manufacturers such as Huawei, Dell and others. Apple sold 19.3 million Macs in 2017, or close to the amount the iPhone maker sold in each of the three prior years.

But more importantly, the new MacBook Pros come with an improved keyboard. The discrete graphics options are AMD Radeon Pro 555X with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM and Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. In a brief typing test, CNET's long-time MacBook reviewer Dan Ackerman says it isn't "whisper-quiet" but does "lack the sharp click of the previous design". This model still relies on integrated graphics and starts at $1,299, going up to $3,699 fully loaded.

However, if the report is to be believed, it also raises the question whether Apple will stick to the 38mm and 42mm case height sizings it's offered since the device's inception. Maxing out the storage to the 4 TB SSD is $3,400 or $3,200, depending on which core model you're starting from. The 15-inch version, meanwhile, has a six-core CPU, up to 32GB of RAM and up to 4TB of SSD storage. All in all, maxed out, you're looking at $6,699.

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