Apple announced upgraded versions of its top-tier 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bars on Thursday. The new upgrades are more than just minor spec bumps, and bring in a refresh in almost all the departments which is nice. This includes more configurations, True Tone displays, Hey Siri support and a quieter keyboard design, in addition to latest Intel processors. But it’s a little disappointing that the upgrades have been announced for only the top-tier MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and not for the standard MacBook Pro.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro will now come with a 6-core, eighth-generation i7 or i9 Intel processor and support for up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and up to 4TB of storage. The top-of-the-line processors can run at 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz: Apple is claiming a 70 per cent performance increase over the outgoing model. The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will start at Rs 1,99,900.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro, will meanwhile now come with a 4-core, eighth-generation i5 or i7 Intel processor and support for up to 2TB of storage. The top-of-the-line processors can run at 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz: Apple is claiming 2X performance increase over the outgoing model. The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will start at Rs 1,49,900.
“The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said. “Now with 8th-generation 6-core processors, up to 32GB of system memory, up to 4TB of super fast SSD storage, new True Tone technology in its Retina display and Touch Bar, the Apple T2 chip for enhanced security and a third-generation quieter keyboard packed into its thin and light aluminium design with all-day battery life, it’s the best notebook for pro users.”
The updated MacBook Pros will now come with True Tone displays allowing their screens to change their colour temperature based on ambient environment. The functionality is extended to the Touch Bar as well.
Additionally, the new MacBook Pros will also be Apple’s first laptops to support “Hey Siri,” since both the versions now come with Apple’s T2 chip that will allow users to invoke Siri by speaking instead of hitting a specific key combo.
Last but not the least, Apple’s new laptops come with what Apple calls its “third-generation” butterfly keyboard that is apparently quieter than the last-generation butterfly keyboard.