Mac­Book Pro

Ap­ple’s lap­top gets a per­for­mance boost. Ro­man Loy­ola re­ports

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Al­most lost in the land­slide of prod­uct an­nounce­ments at Ap­ple’s World­wide De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence key­note was the re­veal the Mac­Book Pro re­ceived an im­por­tant up­date: the new lap­tops have the same de­sign as the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, but the lap­tops fea­ture new pro­ces­sors that should pro­vide a speed boost.

Fea­tures

The big­gest Mac­Book Pro news is that Ap­ple is now us­ing In­tel’s Kaby Lake pro­ces­sors. Kaby Lake is In­tel’s sev­enth-gen­er­a­tion pro­ces­sor, and it re­places

the sixth-gen­er­a­tion Sky­lake pro­ces­sors that were in the pre­vi­ous Mac­Book Pro.

Ap­ple has also up­graded the Mac­Book Pro’s graph­ics hard­ware. The 13in mod­els that have only an in­te­grated graph­ics pro­ces­sor use ei­ther the In­tel Iris Plus Graph­ics 640 or Graph­ics 650, replacing the In­tel Iris Plus Graph­ics 540 or Graph­ics 550 in the pre­vi­ous mod­els.

The 15in mod­els up­graded its in­te­grated graph­ics from an In­tel HD Graph­ics 530 to an In­tel HD Graph­ics 630. They also have heftier dis­crete graph­ics: ei­ther a 2GB Radeon Pro 555 or a 4GB Radeon Pro 560, which are an up­grade from the 2GB Radeon Pro 450 and 455 and the 4GB Radeon Pro 460 found in ear­lier mod­els.

The solid-state drives (SSDs) in the new Mac­Book Pro are faster as well – up to 50 per­cent over the SSD in the pre­vi­ous mod­els, ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple.

Price

Ap­ple of­fers four standard con­fig­u­ra­tions of the 13in Mac­Book Pro, and two of the 15in op­tion. All lap­tops are avail­able in Space Gray or Sil­ver.

13in Mac­Book Pro

£1,249: 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5 pro­ces­sor, 8GB of mem­ory, 128GB SSD, In­tel Iris Plus Graph­ics 640 (in­te­grated graph­ics), two Thun­der­bolt 3/USB-C ports, no TouchBar

£1,449: 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5 pro­ces­sor, 8GB of mem­ory, 256GB SSD, In­tel Iris Plus Graph­ics 640 (in­te­grated graph­ics), two Thun­der­bolt 3/USB-C ports, no TouchBar

£1,749: 3.1GHz dual-core Core i5 pro­ces­sor, 8GB of mem­ory, 256GB SSD, In­tel Iris Plus Graph­ics 650 (in­te­grated graph­ics), four Thun­der­bolt 3/USB-C ports, TouchBar in­cluded

£1,949: 3.1GHz dual-core Core i5 pro­ces­sor, 8GB of mem­ory, 512GB SSD, In­tel Iris Plus Graph­ics 650 (in­te­grated graph­ics), four Thun­der­bolt 3/USB-C ports, TouchBar in­cluded

15in Mac­Book Pro

£2,349: 2.8GHz quad-core Core i7 pro­ces­sor, 16GB of mem­ory, 256GB SSD, In­tel HD Graph­ics 630 (in­te­grated graph­ics), 2GB Radeon Pro 555 (dis­crete graph­ics), four Thun­der­bolt 3/USB-C ports, TouchBar in­cluded

£2,699: 2.9GHz quad-core Core i7 pro­ces­sor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, In­tel HD Graph­ics 630 (in­te­grated graph­ics), 4GB Radeon Pro 560 (dis­crete graph­ics), four Thun­der­bolt 3/USB-C ports, TouchBar in­cluded

Ap­ple also sells an ‘af­ford­able’ 15in Mac­Book Pro, which is based on spec­i­fi­ca­tions from a model that sold in 2015 and is avail­able only in sil­ver. The heart of this lap­top is a Haswell pro­ces­sor, which is a fourth-gen­er­a­tion In­tel pro­ces­sor. Here are its price and spec­i­fi­ca­tions:

£1,899: 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7 pro­ces­sor (Haswell), 16GB of mem­ory, 256GB SSD, Iris Pro Graph­ics (in­te­grated graph­ics), two Thun­der­bolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports, no TouchBar

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