Apple boasts boosted speed, quieter keyboards in priciest MacBook Pros

Apple boasts boosted speed, quieter keyboards in priciest MacBook Pros

Apple Inc unveiled new features on the MacBook Pro on Thursday, including faster core processors, larger memory and better security to 13-inch and 15-inch models with touch bar.

Laptops got Intel Core eighth generation, up to 32 GB of RAM, up to 4TB of SSD storage, display, True Tone, Apple chips T2, quieter keyboard third generation. The prices start at AED 7499 for the 13-inch Touch Bar model that features the quad-core Intel i5-8259U chip and a 256GB SSD. Apple has also added its True Tone displays available on latest iPhones, to the new MacBooks, which basically changes the color temperature of the screen based on your environment.

Apple has also put the new T2 chip from its iMac Pro into the MacBook Pro, which handles fingerprint scanning, the Touch Bar and other duties.


The newly announced MacBook Pros still have butterfly keyboards, but they've been updated.

Ultimately, the updated MacBook Pro is "the fastest and most powerful notebook we've ever made", said Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, in a news release.

Apple has partnered with Black Magic Design on a new eGPU enclosure that has been created to work with all Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBook models, including its new MacBook Pro range. The 15-inch MacBook Pros will take things a step further, with six-core CPUs in Core i7 and Core i9 flavours. It's one of the more compelling reasons for me to upgrade to the 2018 MacBook Pro from my 2016 model.

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While the MacBook Pros themselves haven't been redesigned, they offer more than just spec bumps. The GPU that comes with the default configuration is the AMD Radeon Pro 550X with 4GB GDDR5, and with AED 420, you will be able to upgrade to the faster Radeon Pro 560X GPU.

"The MacBook Pro 13 is priced from RM7,499 while the 15" version is priced from RM9,999 in Malaysia.

According to Apple the 15-inch variant is 70 per cent faster than current MacBook Pros, while the smaller of the two is twice as fast.

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

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