Apple launches faster processors on MacBook Pro

Apple launches faster processors on MacBook Pro

Apple has listed a new external GPU on its website for use with MacBook Pro laptops, called the Blackmagic eGPU. "These are Apple's most powerful notebooks which they claim to be 70% more powerful for the 15" version and at least double the performance for the 13" model. It can also be configured to up to 32GB of RAM and 4TB of SSD storage. It should give you 2.8-times faster graphics performance on the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 8-times faster on the 13-inch model.

Apple offers a $300 upgrade to an even better Intel processor - here from a 2.6GHz Core i7 chip to a 2.9GHz Core i9 - and storage upgrades to 1TB (an extra $400) or 2TB (an extra $1,200) for the same $4,299 price as last year's specced-out machine. 256GB is now the minimum storage capacity for the new MacBook Pro.

'The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we've ever made, ' crows Apple's Philip Schiller of the launch. They come with new processors, up to 32GB of RAM, 4TB of SSD, new keyboards, and more. Now with True Tone technology, the display and Touch Bar deliver a more natural viewing experience for design and editing workflows, as well as everyday tasks like browsing the web and writing email.

According to a support document from Apple, all three displays will work with True Tone, just like the internal display.

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Keep in mind this announcement arrives alongside news that Apple has refreshed the MacBook Pro range.

The "Hey Siri" function is also available via Mac for the first time - just like a personal assistant, always ready and waiting to open apps, find documents, play music, or answer your questions.

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. Which is Apple-speak for "its borked but we can't fix it, so we are making it your problem".

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