Apple and Blackmagic Teamed Up on an External GPU for MacBook Pros

Apple rumoured to be releasing a linewide hardware refresh this year

Upgraded Apple Watch models with the first new redesign since it first launched in 2014. Both the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar get the Apple T2 chip, first introduced in the iMac Pro.

For power users, the 4th-generation, quad-core Core i7 chip is just not going to cut it anymore.

When it comes to the 15-inch MacBook Pro, the base model features the 6-core 8th Gen Intel Core i7 together with 16GB DDR4-2400 RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 555X graphics with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM, 256GB solid state drive, and RM 9,999 price tag.

Pricing for the refreshed 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro starts at $1799 for the 2.2 GHz model and $1999 for the 2.6 GHz model.

"We've already seen how Coffee Lake CPUs can boost mobile computing to new heights, and Apple is taking full advantage of that CPU range with the 15" MacBook Pro.

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UPDATE: July 12, 2018, 2:56 p.m. EDT: Apple appears to have moved the 2015 Macbook Pro to the Apple store clearance page.

Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro can be updated with macOS Mojave, the latest version of macOS, this fall.

Now, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities says Apple will release three new iPhone models including a slightly cheaper 6.1-inch phone without 3D touch. Apple cites that the 8th-generation Intel Core processor in these laptops will be "ideal for manipulating large data sets, performing complex simulations, creating multi-track audio projects or doing advanced image processing or film editing". So at best, I can tell you that the keyboard does seem quite a bit less clacky than current MacBooks, though key travel is the same.

The starting price for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is $1799 (R24,000), the same as before. There's also Touch ID baked in to improve security and employ biometrics to access the machine.

This new third-generation keyboard wasn't created to solve those issues, Apple says. While other notebook-makers are turning to OLED and other screen technologies to raise their game, these new True Tone Retina Displays suggest Apple isn't sleeping on screen quality either. And while it's not a wholesale reinvention of this generation of MacBook Pro-Apple stuck with the previous body design for four years-it does address a few of the top complaints of MacBook Pro users. Or, for the digital hoarders among us, a nice storage bump with capacity of both the 13- and 15-inch offerings doubling to 2TB or 4TB, respectively.

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