Apple debuts upgraded pro laptops ahead of fall product blitz

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Apple and Blackmagic have teamed up to design and launch a new external graphics processor (GPU) called the Blackmagic eGPU that brings "desktop-class performance" to the MacBook Pro (which was just updated). It includes Apple T2 Chip and provides up to 4TB of SSD storage.

As is standard for Apple laptop upgrades, the new 13-inch and 15-inch models overlap in some ways, while the larger model boasts superior overall performance. The MacBook Pro 13 gets two extra cores with Intel's Kaby Lake-R generation, so the i5 and i7 CPU's now have four cores instead of two while still supporting Hyper-Threading. The new MacBook Pros feature Apple's T2 chip, which debuted in the iMac Pro and adds "Hey Siri" support to the Mac.

They're also the first MacBooks to offer Apple's True Tone display technology, a feature now found on the firm's iPhones and iPads that uses light sensors to automatically adjust the colour temperature of the display to best match your viewing environment. The 15-inch receives a six-core i9 capable of 4.8Ghz Turbo Boost mode, and up to 32GB of DDR4 memory. According to Apple, the updated MacBook Pro 13 should deliver twice the performance of its predecessors with 7th Gen Intel chips. On the other hand, the 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM. Those Thunderbolt 3 connectors on the 13-inch and 15-inch models can support up to two 5K displays.

Apple is rumoured to be launching 3 new iPhones this year, but those new iPhones may not be all that Apple is planning to release. Both also offer up to 4TB and 2TB of solid state storage respectively.

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For users who pound their machines outdoors - typically field editors and photographers - the fragility of the MacBook Pro's butterfly mechanism made it a non-starter.

Despite those upgrades, consumers may be unhappy to hear that these new computers retain the basic Macbook's basic keyboard design - which has drawn three class-action lawsuits that claim it's faulty.

Back to School with MacBook Pro The new MacBook Pro is also part of Apple's Back to School promotion starting today and available to college students, their parents, faculty and staff through the Apple Education Store.

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