Apple updates MacBook Pro with faster performance and new features for pros

James Marshall
July 13, 2018

In the U.S., the new MacBook Pro models go on sale from Thursday and start at $1,799 for the 13-inch model, with the 15-inch model starting at $2,399.

Availability Starting at £1,749 and £2,349 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar are available today through Apple.com and in select Apple retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers later this week. In the United Kingdom, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will start at £1,749 while the 15-inch is £2,349.

In the wake of issues with recent-generation MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards, Apple has also updated the keyboard of the new MacBook Pros to a new, quieter third-generation model. It took Apple 13 months between updates this time, but it seems clear now that Apple is committed to an annual update cycle for the MacBook Pro that takes into account the latest high-performance laptop chips from Intel.

Kuo is also confident that Apple will release a new pair of AirPods and the AirPower wireless charger, roughly one year after it was first announced. Apple recently offered refunds and an exchange program for those who experienced stuck keys.

Moving onto the memory, Apple is finally offering an upgrade to 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM as well as up to 4TB of PCIe NVMe SSD.

Apple just announced a major upgrade to the MacBook Pro lineup.


The 13-inch gets quad-core i5 and i7 chips that turbo up to 4.5Ghz.

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. There aren't many details available, but previous rumors have suggested that Apple may be upgrading the MacBook Air. "These had previously been available for the 12" MacBook but not for the 13" and 15" line. You can also choose between 1TB or 2TB of storage.

The laptops will also have a new "Hey Siri" capability, that allows people to trigger Apple's voice assistant without having to hit a combination of keys beforehand.

Aside from more power, the updated machines also gain the True Tone colour control system from Apple's iPads, which uses light sensors to adjust the colour temperature of the display to best match the light in your environment.

One big update is that Apple has a "third-generation keyboard" that Apple says is capable of quieter typing.

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