The new MacBook Pro "butterfly" keyboard is likely designed for better durability


Without a big keynote, Apple today announced the long expected update of its MacBook Pro line.

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The entry price for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is $2399 (R32,000), also unchanged, which comes with a 6-core Intel processor.

"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, in a statement. In India, the 13-inch model starts at Rs. 1,49,900 while the 15-inch model starts at Rs. 1,99,900 - both will be available via select Apple Authorised Resellers later this month. The new models feature faster 8th-generation Intel processors with six cores in the 15-inch model and four cores in the 13-inch model. The new chip, T2, which is also installed in the iMac Pro, is capable of activating Siri, a voice assistant, by saying "Hey Siri". "It's the best notebook for pro users".

Indeed, for those who had got used to being able to plug in their existing peripherals to the MacBook Pro's ports, and use the SD card slot, having to embrace the "dongle life" sometimes seemed too much of a change. The MacBook Pro 15 will be powered by the AMD Radeon Pro 555X or AMD Radeon Pro 560X.

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Apple MacBook Pro lineup has been updated by the company with a new Intel 8th generation processor and up to 32GB of RAM on board.

It also means you get the portability of a 13-inch laptop with the option of adding the performance of a larger laptop, or even a full-size desktop. It will be available in Saddle Brown, Midnight Blue and, Black colors.

Lastly, the new MacBook Pros come with Apple's third-generation of butterfly switch keyboard that promises to be quieter.

At least for MacBook Pro users, the wait for new products is over now, although the 2018 release of the MacBook Pro 13 and 15 might let down some Mac-fans with high-expectations. Built-in I/O connections drive a Thunderbolt 3 display, support multiple accessories, and charge your MacBook Pro at the same time.

Aside from more power, the updated machines also gain the True Tone colour control system from Apple's iPads, which uses light sensors to adjust the colour temperature of the display to best match the light in your environment.