Apple quietly launched updates for MacBook Pros
With more RAM, quieter keyboards, and better displays 💻
Posted on July 12, 2018 6:26 PM.
Today, Apple announced they're updating the current line of MacBook Pros with the Touch Bar, ...
... now featuring up to 6-core processors and 32GB of memory, and the Apple T2 chip.
Additionally, the MacBook Pro displays and Touch Bar will have True Tone, which was introduced in the latest release of the iPhones.
Ars TechnicaSamuel Axon
When enabled, it adjusts the white balance of the screen based on ambient light to maintain eye comfort and achieve what Apple has described as a more natural look. It doesn't actually make the screen more objectively accurate, but it's a popular feature, especially for long sessions of use in varying lighting conditions.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro is getting a six-core chip, which should improve performance by up to 70%. The 13-inch model is getting a quad-core Intel chip for up to two times faster performance. Support for up to 32GB of RAM is also in the cards, just as previously rumored. Storage is also getting a bump all the way up to 4TB of SSD for the 15-inch model, and up to 2TB on the 13-inch laptop.
The VergeDieter Bohn
These will also be Apple’s first laptops to support “Hey Siri,” which will allow you to invoke the digital assistant by speaking instead of hitting a specific key combo.
And speaking of keys, Apple is updating the keyboard! But, it's not what you're hoping for. This upgrade only includes “quieter typing,” which means a grain of sand can still render it useless 🙃
“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. “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.”
As part of the upgrade, Apple is discontinuing the sale of 2015 MacBook Pros, and the upgraded models are available today.
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