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Apple MacBook Pro Refresh | True Tone Display, Intel Core i9, & Finally 32 GB RAM

By Justin Heyes on July 12th 2018

Today Apple updated the MacBook Pro with faster performance and new pro features, making it the quintessential Mac notebook the company has produced to date.

The new MacBook Pro models will be graced with new internals including 8th-generation Intel Core processors, up to 4 TB SSDs and, the exceedingly requested 32 GB of RAM. Additional updates include a True Tone display and an improved third-generation keyboard.

The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made. 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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

The key feature of the latest touchbar-enabled laptops is Intel’s latest eighth-generation processors. The new hardware drops the LPDDR3 sockets of previous models and adopts the new DDR4 standard allowing for the increased RAM allotment. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro can be specced six-core 2.9 GHz i9 and 32 GB of RAM option, with the 13-inch model tops out a quad-core 2.7 GHz i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM.

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15-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights

  • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory
  • Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory in every configuration
  • Up to 4TB of SSD storage
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

13-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights

  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM
  • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM
  • Up to 2TB of SSD storage
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

In both models, the battery capacity has been by 7.7-watt hours in these models to compensate from the extra draw of power from the latest chips. The increase of capacity will negate the thirstier processors and user should see the same battery life on the 2018 MacBook Pro as its predecessors.

The new laptops also borrow the iPhone’s True Tone display technology, a first for the Mac lineup., which uses new sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience. Also borrowed is the Apple T2 chip co-processor, which enables ‘Hey Siri’ functionality as well as enhanced system security with support for secure boot and on-the-fly-encrypted storage.

The new 13- and 15-inch models are available to order today for $1,799 and $2,399 respectively via Apple’s store with shipments to come to B&H and other retailers later in the week. Not to mention the new models will full support macOS Mojave when it arrives later this fall.

About

Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

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