MacBook Pro performance boost
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
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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