If Apple announces new MacBooks, more changes are expected

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Apple rolled out new MacBook Pro models feature faster processors and more products are expected later this year as the tech giant revamps its offerings.


Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook pros get Intel’s latest chips, which increases the performance of the system to a maximum of twice the 2017 models, Apple said on Thursday.

They will also receive Apple’s T2 chip for better security of the system and “Hey, Siri” feature for the MacBook. Also new are quieter keyboards and a True Tone technology for the Retina displays.


New MacBook Pro 13

The MacBook Pro 13 with TouchBar is now also equipped with Intel’s 8th generation processors. That is important because for the first time the MBP 13 packs quad-core processors, doubling the number of processor cores than previous generations.

These quad-core chips are offered as Core i5 and i7 processors, the latest as fast as 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.5 GHz).

The revamped 13-inch MacBook also gets Intel’s latest Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB eDRAM memory that is used for accelerating graphics performance – and that is the double of the previous amount. Up to 2 terabytes of storage is also offered.

The prices for the quad-core 13-inch model starts at $1,799. This follows Apple’s strategy of maintaining the same prices with new models.


New MacBook Pro 15

“Now with the 8th generation 6-core processors, up to 32 gb of system memory, up to 4 tb of super fast SSD storage,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a statement about the new 15-inch model.

These 6-core processors – offered in high-end models – are a first for MacBooks. Previously, the 15 MBP came with quad-core chips.

Highlights include Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors with speeds up to 2.9 GHz (with Turbo Boost to 4.8 GHz), up to 32GB of DDR4 memory (an upgrade of the 16-gb limit in the previous MBP 15 models), and the Radeon Pro graphics card with 4 gb video memory in all configurations.

As with previous generations, the 15-inch MBP comes with a standard Touch Bar.

Prices start at $2,399 for the MBP 15 and the new computers are available for ordering through the online Apple Store and through physical Apple Stores this week.

What’s up

Apple enthusiast sites reported this week that Apple is planning to update iPad Pro models with Face ID (such as the iPhone-X) and no Home button. And possibly a new 11-inch version of the iPad Pro.

Apple Watches with larger screens can also be scheduled, according to reports that cite analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities.


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