MacBook Pro per­for­mance boost

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - TECH - HAY­LEY TSUKAYAMA

AP­PLE has an­nounced a lon­gawaited up­date for the MacBook Pro, giv­ing the lap­tops a much­needed per­for­mance boost but not any mean­ing­ful change in de­sign.

No­tably, Ap­ple has not fully changed the de­sign of the lap­top’s key­board, which has drawn se­ri­ous com­plaints from con­sumers who find them un­re­li­able.

The ver­sions – one 13-inch model and one 15-inch model, with Ap­ple’s Touch Bar – have new chips that Ap­ple said should dra­mat­i­cally in­crease per­for­mance.

In a news re­lease the com­pany said that the 15-inch model was up to 70% faster, while the 13-inch model was twice as fast. The 15-inch model can use up to a fourter­abyte solid-state drive, while the smaller model maxes out at two ter­abytes.

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.

De­spite the up­grades, con­sumers may be un­happy to hear that the new com­put­ers re­tain the ba­sic MacBook key­board de­sign, which has drawn three class-ac­tion law­suits that claim it’s faulty.

The slim de­sign is sup­posed to cut down on bulk, but con­sumers re­port its keys are prone to stick and break eas­ily.

A re­search note from Ap­ple an­a­lyst Ming Chi-Kuo of KGI Se­cu­ri­ties in­di­cates there will be some up­grades later in the year, though Ap­ple may re­place the MacBook Air with a “low-cost” MacBook model.

There may also be an up­date to the iPhone X and two larger mod­els of the iPhone. – The Wash­ing­ton Post

PIC­TURE: BLOOMBERG/DAVID PAUL MOR­RIS

At­ten­dees of the Ap­ple World­wide Devel­op­ers Con­fer­ence in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia, look at new MacBook Pro lap­tops last year. Ap­ple an­nounced on Thurs­day that it will be giv­ing its MacBook Pro line a per­for­mance boost.

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