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Apple updates MacBook Pro with faster performance and new features for pros

13 July, 2018, 08:41 | Author: Joanna Little
  • Apple rumoured to be releasing a linewide hardware refresh this year

Apple's new 2018 MacBook Pro range is here, and if you've been holding off a Mac upgrade because you wanted more performance, these could well be the notebooks for you. In addition to graphics and computational acceleration, the Blackmagic eGPU is also the ideal docking hub for connecting devices such as keyboards, mice, Thunderbolt monitors, big screen HDMI televisions, high speed storage and more.

Blackmagic's eGPU will work with Thunderbolt 3-based Apple computers running MacOS 10.13.5 or later, including MacBook Pro computers from 2016 and later, the 2017 iMac and the iMac Pro. The chip adds an extra layer of security and brings "Hey Siri" voice command support to the MacBook Pro. One has an 11-inch screen, and the other has a 12.9-inch screen, similar to Apple's current iPad Pro lineup. Even what the Retina Macbook Pro was missing, an internal CD/DVD Superdrive for example, was a well-timed move in response to where the industry was in terms of the lifecycle of that specific technology. Additional updates include support for up to 32GB of memory, a True Tone display and an improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing. The Iris graphics on the 13-inch Pro with Touch Bar and the AMD GPU on the 15-inch Pro are also a huge step up.

The tech giant could launch new iPhones, Macs, MacBooks, iPads and Apple Watches, as well as release a new pair of AirPods, according to longtime Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, 9to5Mac reported.

"The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we've ever made", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. If it does, it would be an impressive design feat to remove some of the dead bezel area. This new third-generation keyboard wasn't created to solve those issues, Apple says.

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A pro laptop comes with a pro price, unsurprisingly.

The Blackmagic eGPU's Radeon Pro 580 has 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM and supports Apple's Metal 3D-accelerated graphics framework. The 13-inch model starts at $1,799 and the 15-inch version will set you back $2,399 to start. Although neither model's configuration page is live yet, expect eye-watering prices if you start ticking option boxes. Yep, Apple is actually offering a Core i9-equipped variant.

Doubling the memory to 32 GB is $400, while adding the Radeon Pro 560X GPU to the entry-level 15-inch is another $100. All in all, maxed out, you're looking at $6,699.

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