12th July 2018

Well this is unexpected, Apple have updated some of their Macs:

Cupertino, California โ€” Apple today updated MacBook Pro with faster performance and new pro features, making it the most advanced Mac notebook ever. The new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar feature 8th-generation Intel Core processors, with 6-core on the 15-inch model for up to 70 percent faster performance and quad-core on the 13-inch model for up to two times faster performance โ€” ideal for manipulating large data sets, performing complex simulations, creating multi-track audio projects or doing advanced image processing or film editing. – Apple Newsroom

The improvements are to the 13โ€ and 15โ€ models of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and there are also a few extra bits of news. I thought I’d try and extract the key improvements:

MacBook Pros

ย Hardware

  • Faster CPUs – Now using 8th generation chips:
    • Quad-core Intel i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7GHz (Turbo Boost to 4.5GHz) for the 13โ€
    • Hexa-core Intel i7 and i9 processors up to 2.9GHz (Turbo Boost to 4.8GHz) for the 15โ€
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory in the 15โ€
  • New HDD options – 2TB for the 13โ€ ad 4TB for the 15โ€
  • New Apple T2 Chip
  • True Tone
  • Upgraded graphics chips:
    • Intel Iris Plus 655 for the 13โ€
    • Radeon Pro chips with 4GB of video memory for the 15โ€
  • The 13โ€ model now ships with 4 USB C ports
  • The keyboard has been replaced with a new 3rd generation butterfly keyboard, which is quieter, and maybe more reliable.
  • Battery capacities have been slightly increased to cope with the newer specs. However, Brian Heater at TechCrunch says that no mechanical changes have been made.

Software

  • โ€œHey Siriโ€ comes to the MacBook Pro because of the new T2 chip.
  • Also, enhanced security with secure booting, and on-the-fly storage encryption because of the T2.

ย Extras

  • There are new colour options for the MacBook Leather Sleeve (13โ€ and 15โ€) – Saddle Brown, Midnight Blue, and Black.
  • These MacBook Proโ€™s are also part of the Back to Schoo program, where students can receive a free pair of Beats headphones with eligible Macs.

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