Apple Releases New MacBook Pros

Apple rumoured to be releasing a linewide hardware refresh this year

If, on the other hand, you're someone who thinks Apple made some poor choices in its design of this generation of MacBook Pro... this is still fundamentally the 2016 MacBook Pro design.

The 13-inch gets quad-core i5 and i7 chips that turbo up to 4.5Ghz. All of the newest MacBook Pros exclusively feature Thunderbolt 3 ports, which some will appreciate but all will scowl at when they're forced to buy multiple dongles to connect legacy accessories. Both have more storage than before: the 15-inch model can go up to a 4 TB solid state drive, while the smaller model maxes out at 2 TB. Apple cites that the 8th-generation Intel Core processor in these laptops will be "ideal for manipulating large data sets, performing complex simulations, creating multi-track audio projects or doing advanced image processing or film editing". It also works as a docking hub for keyboards, mice, HDMI-connected displays or storage. With the 2018 models, Apple apparently tries to remedy that, as the new models feature bigger batteries with 58 Wh of battery capacity on the MacBook Pro 13 and 83 Wh on the MacBook Pro 15.

Apple isn't one for giving anyone a heads up on when it's going to launch new products, unless there's a big stage event involved, and given there are always rumours circulating about hardware refreshes, it's hard to tell when something real will arrive.

It's also unclear if the new keyboard design will prove less prone to failure than the previous models.

Kuo also predicted that Apple will replace its older MacBook Air with a new budget laptop.

Apple claims it's introducing a third generation of its recently-maligned butterfly keyboards with these notebooks to make for quieter typing, too. As for customers that prefer to purchase these notebooks at Apple Authorized Resellers instead, they have to wait slightly longer as we don't have any exact on-ground release date for the time being. That's a privilege reserved for the 15-inch models. However, you don't get a full size USB port or SD Card slot that the 2015 MacBook Pro had; you'll need to carry around dongles for certain peripherals.

It comes with Apple's own T2 system on chip for security features, plus a True Tone Retina display that adjust the white balance based on the ambient lighting and viewing circumstances.

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