Ap­ple re­leases new MacBook Pro lap­tops

New 15in model of­fers a 70 per­cent per­for­mance boost; 13in lap­top now has quad-core CPUs. Ro­man Loy­ola re­ports

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Ap­ple has un­veiled its lat­est up­grade to its MacBook Pro line of lap­top com­put­ers. While the de­sign hasn’t changed, the new

MacBook Pro prom­ises to reach new per­for­mance heights that video edi­tors, au­dio pro­duc­ers, an­i­ma­tors, de­vel­op­ers, and other pro­fes­sion­als will truly ap­pre­ci­ate.

That per­for­mance boost is sup­plied by In­tel’s eighth-gen­er­a­tion of Core pro­ces­sors, along with a change in the RAM be­ing used, and new graph­ics pro­ces­sors. The heart of the new lap­tops, In­tel’s ‘Cof­fee Lake’ pro­ces­sors, ac­tu­ally be­came avail­able in April, and Cof­fee Lake PC lap­tops have been on the mar­ket for a cou­ple of months. Now Ap­ple users get a taste of what Cof­fee Lake can do for the Mac: the firm claims a boost of up to 70 per­cent for the 15in MacBook Pro, while the 13in MacBook Pro of­fers 2x per­for­mance.

In a me­dia show­case to in­tro­duce the lap­tops, Ap­ple hosted sev­eral de­mos by ‘pro users’ who have been us­ing the new hard­ware. In one demo, pro­duc­ers from Elas­tic Peo­ple, the mak­ers of the ‘Des­pac­ito’ mu­sic video, talked about how the new MacBook Pro al­lowed them to stop re­ly­ing on prox­ies (smaller copies of the mas­ter files) while edit­ing in Fi­nal Cut Pro X. In an­other demo, mu­sic pro­ducer War­ren ‘Oak’ Felder, who most re­cently worked with pop singer Alessia Cara, said that he of­ten pushed Mac hard­ware to its lim­its while work­ing in Logic Pro, and that with the new 15in MacBook Pro, he hadn’t “reached that limit” yet.

The new MacBook Pros in­clude Ap­ple’s cur­rently-ship­ping op­er­at­ing sys­tem, macOS High Sierra 10.13. The lap­tops can be up­graded to the new macOS Mo­jave 10.14 op­er­at­ing sys­tem when it be­comes avail­able this au­tumn.

Ap­ple’s MacBook and MacBook Air line-up, and the 13in MacBook Pro with­out Touch Bar, re­main un­changed.

What else is new

In ad­di­tion to new pro­ces­sors, Ap­ple is now us­ing DDR4 RAM in the MacBook Pro, which should help per­for­mance. The max­i­mum amount of RAM sup­ported jumps up to 32GB in the 15in model, twice the amount of the pre­vi­ous MacBook Pro. 16GB is still the max­i­mum in the 13in ver­sion.

The MacBook Pro con­tains a larger bat­tery, but Ap­ple rep­re­sen­ta­tives said that the power de­mands of the DDR4 RAM im­ple­men­ta­tion es­sen­tially negates any pos­si­ble gain in bat­tery life over the pre­vi­ous mod­els.

As with the T1 in pre­vi­ous mod­els, the new MacBook Pro has a T2 pro­ces­sor that Ap­ple uses for ded­i­cated pro­cesses, such as the Touch Bar, Touch ID, Se­cure En­clave, and ded­i­cated stor­age en­cryp­tion. (The T2 made its de­but in the iMac Pro.) New to the T2’s func­tion­al­ity is sup­port for ‘Hey Siri’, where, just as on the iPhone, speak­ing the phrase trig­gers the Siri dig­i­tal as­sis­tant.

Be­sides the in­ter­nal changes, Ap­ple has made a cou­ple of ex­ter­nal up­dates. True Tone, a fea­ture that orig­i­nated on the iPhone, is now in the MacBook Pro Retina dis­plays and Touch Bar. With True Tone, a de­vice can sense the am­bi­ent light of your work en­vi­ron­ment and ad­justs the colours so that im­ages ap­pear con­sis­tent.

And maybe what might be the most an­tic­i­pated up­date to the MacBook Pro – in light of class ac­tion law­suits and a new Ap­ple re­pair program – Ap­ple is in­tro­duc­ing the third gen­er­a­tion of its but­ter­fly key­board. The key­board, with its low pro­file and

short key travel, has been im­proved so that it is qui­eter than be­fore. Whether the key­board is more re­li­able and durable re­mains to be seen, and we’ll def­i­nitely make note of the key­board ex­pe­ri­ence in our re­view next month.

15in MacBook Pro

Prices starts at £2,349. Here are the key com­po­nents that are spe­cific to the 15in mod­els.

• 6-core In­tel Core i7 and Core i9 pro­ces­sors, with speeds up to 2.9GHz (Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz)

• Base con­fig­u­ra­tion of 16GB of DDR4 RAM (32GB max­i­mum)

• 4GB Radeon Pro dis­crete graph­ics sub­sys­tem

• Max­i­mum 4TB SSD stor­age

• Four Thun­der­bolt 3 ports

13in MacBook Pro

Prices starts at £1,749. Here are the key com­po­nents that are spe­cific to the 13in mod­els.

• Quad-core In­tel Core i5 and i7 pro­ces­sors, with speeds up to 2.7GHz (Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz)

• Base con­fig­u­ra­tion of 8GB of DDR4 RAM (16GB max)

• In­tel Iris Plus 655 in­te­grated graph­ics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM

• Max­i­mum 2TB SSD stor­age

• Two Thun­der­bolt 3 ports

The new MacBook Pros are avail­able for pur­chase at fave.co/2JyaEbW.

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