Apple adds new features to MacBook Pro, revises price

Apple has introduced new features on the MacBook Pro, including faster core processors, larger memory and better security to 13-inch and 15-inch models with touch bar.
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The iPhone maker said the 8th-generation Intel processors will make the 15-inch model up to 70 percent faster and the 13-inch model up to two times faster.

The new MacBook Pro includes support for up to 32GB of memory, an improved keyboard for quieter typing and will also be able to compile code faster.

5-Inch MacBook Pro features

– 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz

– Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory

– Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory in every configuration

– Up to 4TB of SSD storage

– True Tone display technology

– Apple T2 chip

– Touch Bar and Touch ID

13-Inch MacBook Pro features

– Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM

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

– Up to 2TB of SSD storage

– True Tone display technology

– Apple T2 chip

– Touch Bar and Touch ID

The company on Thursday said that the Apple T2 chip, first introduced in the iMac Pro, will provide better system security and also bring voice assistant “Hey Siri” to the Mac for the first time.

In April, the 13-inch MacBook Pros without touch bars had come under scrutiny, with some users reporting battery-related issues. Apple had said it was not a safety issue and had offered worldwide free replacement for such batteries, Reuters reported.

The starting retail price is $1,799 for the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar. The earlier price was $1,499 in the US. $2,399 is the starting price for the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar. Apple did not revise the price for the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Both are available today through Apple.com and in select Apple retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week.

Market research firm TrendForce earlier said the updated MacBook Pro in 2Q18 helped Apple expand shipments by 18 percent in 2017. The notebook market share of Apple reached 9.6 percent, 1.3 percentage points up from 2016, which allowed Apple to surpass ASUS and rank fourth.

Baburajan K

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