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

16 July 2018

Apple has faced criticism recently for its lack of processor updates on the MacBook Pro line despite most of its Windows PC competitors upgrading their respective models.

The prices for the quad-core 13-inch model starts at $1,799.

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The new 15-inch MacBook Pro now features a faster more powerful 8th-generation 6 core Intel Core processor, which the company claims can deliver 70 percent faster performance. Unlike the MacBook Pro 13-inch models with DDR3 memory, the 15-inch flavors are equipped with 16GB DDR4 and you will be able to upgrade to 32GB DDR4 for AED 1680.

Aside from the spec increases, the MacBook Pros also have True Tone displays, iPad technology that allows the screen to dynamically shift color temperature based on the color temperature of the room.

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Apple revealed updated MacBook Pro models, but not all versions of the laptop will be receiving upgrades. The new MacBook Pros feature Apple's T2 chip, which debuted in the iMac Pro and adds "Hey Siri" support to the Mac.

Apple isn't one for giving anyone a heads up on when it's going to launch new products, unless there's a big stage event involved, and given there are always rumours circulating about hardware refreshes, it's hard to tell when something real will arrive.

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The smaller MacBook Pro starts at US$1,799 and the larger model at US$2,399. Meanwhile, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar moves from the quad-core CPUs to current-generation six-core i7 and i9 processors. With 13-inch and 15-inch variants there's something for everyone. Apple's website doesn't address the new keyboard's performance or whether the issues experienced with earlier models have been resolved.

Starting at Rs 149,900 and Rs 199,900 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar will be available at select Apple Authorised Resellers later this month, the company said in a statement. Most notably, Apple has not fully changed the design of the laptops' keyboards, which have drawn serious complaints from consumers who find them unreliable.

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Apple's updated 2018 MacBook Pro lineup should please a lot of professional users thanks to the new powerful internals that they now ship with.

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