Apple gives MacBook Pros a much-needed shot of Coffee Lake

Apple gives MacBook Pros a much-needed shot of Coffee Lake

Apple gives MacBook Pros a much-needed shot of Coffee Lake

Apple Watch - Apple is working on two new Apple Watch models for 2018 that will have bigger displays and enhanced heart rate detection features. Today, Apple is launching the accessory for the entire MacBook Pro lineup in both 13 and 15-inch flavors. And that's only if you elect one of Intel's eight-generation i5 or i7 processors.

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 eGPU is a freestanding extruded aluminum enclosure for an included Radeon Pro 580 GPU - the same GPU included in Apple's high-end 27-inch iMac past year - with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.1 connectivity. Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro feature True Tone display. Unfortunately, these updates only affect the models with Touch Bars and there's no word as to if or when Apple will update the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pros. Finally, the batteries have got a little bigger - 58 watt-hours in the 13-inch and 83.6 watt-hours in the 15-inch - though Apple is quoting the same runtime estimates of about 10 hours wireless internet use.

FaceTime has got a major upgrade with Group chat.

Apple released a new update for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, giving the laptops a performance boost. The price of the 15-inch version is not available yet. Instead, the company maintains that there isn't a widespread problem, though it does have a third generation butterfly mechanism for these 2018 MacBook Pro models. There's also Touch ID baked in to improve security and employ biometrics to access the machine.

Also new to MacBook Pro is the Apple T2 chip, first introduced in iMac Pro. The chip adds an extra layer of security and brings "Hey Siri" voice command support to the MacBook Pro.

Currently, Apple has a few 2015 MacBook Pro models listed in its online clearance section, but it's likely that Apple will not have more to sell after those are gone. The Touch Bar, the abandonment of MagSafe, a 16GB RAM limit, a reduction in ports, the move to USB-C (requiring dongles to connect old devices), and the low-travel keyboard from the MacBook... people were frustrated by a lot of Apple's choices on these computers.

Apple's souped-up Macbooks will also see an increase in their memory and storage capacities, as well as the introduction of True Tone technology - which adjusts the colors onscreen based on the external lighting conditions - into its displays.

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