Apple Updates MacBook Pro Touch Bar Models With Faster Processors, 'Quieter' Keyboard

Angelica Greene
July 12, 2018

The Core i7 models are clocked at 2.7 (4.5GHz with Turbo Boost) while the integrated Iris Plus 655 graphics receives a bump to 128MB eDRAM - double the amount from the previous models. 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". "The company also says its 15" wonders will all come with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory for configurations with Radeon Pro discrete graphics, up from 2 GB in lower-end discrete graphics configurations of the past.

By comparison, the 15-inch model offers six-core Core i7 and Core i9 chips, with up to 32GB of RAM and a maximum 4TB of SSD storage. Retina Display with True Tone Delivers Ultimate Viewing Experience With 500 nits of brightness and support for the P3 wide color gamut, the Retina display on MacBook Pro is the best Mac notebook display ever.

Apple says only a small number of people who use the MacBook have keyboards that are actually faulty, and has launched a program offering free repairs for those people. Though it's possible that the casing itself will get larger, it stands to reason that Apple managed to increase the display size by reducing the size of the bezels.

Inside, meanwhile, is the Apple T2 chip, which made its debut on the iMac Pro.

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A second-generation T2 chip is in Touch Bar, which is used for encrypted storage, secure boot, and Siri. There's also a revamped "third generation" keyboard that promises to be quieter and (hopefully) not a fragile.

Apple's updated MacBook Pros haven't been released into the world all on their lonesome. Both new models are listed on the India site. It has two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports with 85W host charging capabilities, four USB Type-A ports and one HDMI 2.0 port that supports 4K Ultra HD and 4K DCI resolutions at up to 60 fps, so you can hook up two additional displays if you'd like.

In April, the 13-inch MacBook Pros without touch bars had come under scrutiny, with some users reporting battery-related issues. The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models are available to order today, and will show up in stores later in the week.

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