Five days ago (such are my reflexes), Apple released the new 2018 MacBook Pro. It wasn’t 2015-2016 by any means (Touch Bar, new design, etc.), but it was certainly more than a spec upgrade. Here’s what you need to know:

Page Overhaul

The MacBook Pro page on apple.com used to look like this:

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Now, it looks like this:

2018-07-16_11-57-24.pngThe page got a HUGE overhaul, to fit in with Apple’s Dark=Pro scheme. But we’re not here to talk about the webpage. We’re here to talk about the specs and features and things!

New Processor & RAM

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The new MacBook Pros can now be specced out with Intel i9 Hexacore processors that produce 2.9GHz and Turbo Boost (overclocking) up to 4.8GHz on the 15-inch, and 3.5GHz Intel i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz on the 13-inch.

The RAM can now be specced up to 32GBs on the 15-inch and 16GBs on the 13-inch.

They also have slightly upgraded graphics performance, with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (as opposed to the 650 before) on the 13-inch and Radeon Pro 560X with Intel UHD Graphics 630 (as opposed to Radeon Pro 560) on the 15-inch.

Storage & Keyboard

Nothing has changed on the 13-inch MacBook Pro side of things, but the 15-inch MacBook now gets a 4TB SSD, which is, to my knowledge, the highest SSD storage rate of any commercially available drive, internal or external.

Apple also put a 3rd-gen butterfly keyboard in there, which is allegedly much quieter.

New T2 Chip

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The new T2 chip is the biggest thing about the new MacBook Pro, at least for all us non-I-need-to-edit-CGI-on-the-train people, yet there is surprisingly little to say about it.

The T1 chip was a small chip in the 2016 MacBook Pro, independent from the main processor. Its task was to power the Touch Bar, Touch ID and, most importantly, Apple Pay (the main reason it was kept away from the main processor and storege–if someone hacks your Mac, they can’t get your card details).

With the T2 chip, though, comes more power, and with more power comes more capabilities. Thanks to this brilliant little chip, the MacBook Pros (excluding the 13-inch with no Touch Bar) will be getting a True-Tone display, which is on iPad Pros, iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and works by using ambient sensors to match the colour temperature of the environment around it.

It will also be getting Hey Siri, a feature that came on the iPhone 6s (say “Hey Siri” and Siri activates), and ever since then, we’ve been wondering why it hasn’t gotten to the Mac, and now it has!

So What about October?

So far, Apple’s 2018 event schedule has been an almost exactly like 2016 one. We had an event in March, and a software-only WWDC, and so it’s pretty safe to say that we’ll have an event in October, presumably about Macs. But with these new MacBooks, it’s not going to be a MacBook event like 2016. Here’s what I think might be unvailed…

  • A new Magic Keyboard, maybe with a Touch Bar.
  • New iMacs, which might get Hey Siri, True Tone, 1080p FaceTime cameras and the sound system from the iMac Pro.
  • New Colours for the iMac (maybe a space grey non-iMac Pro?).
  • New MacBook Retina (the super thin and light ones), also with True Tone and Hey Siri

Will you be buing a new MacBook Pro? Are you excited for October? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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