Apple's new MacBook Pros get a much-needed performance boost

Posted July 14, 2018

It upgraded its 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks.

Apple offers a $300 upgrade to an even better Intel processor - here from a 2.6GHz Core i7 chip to a 2.9GHz Core i9 - and storage upgrades to 1TB (an extra $400) or 2TB (an extra $1,200) for the same $4,299 price as last year's specced-out machine. It can also be configured to up to 32GB of RAM and 4TB of SSD storage. For graphics, it gets a Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of GDDR5RAM. The 2018 lineup of MacBook Pro laptops also sport a large Force Touch trackpad, Touch Bar and Touch ID. The new Retina display with True Tone technology offer support for the P3 wide colour gamut. Originally featured on the iPad Pro, True Tone provides a more natural viewing experience as it adjusts the screen's white balance according to your ambient lighting.

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The 2018 edition of 13-inch MacBook Pro runs on a quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core processor.

Keep in mind this announcement arrives alongside news that Apple has refreshed the MacBook Pro range. First introduced on the iMac Pro, Apple insists the chip delivers, "enhanced system security with support for secure boot and on-the-fly encrypted storage".

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Unfortunately, while the new 2018 MacBook Pro does have an updated third-generation keyboard, Apple has confirmed it did not fix the sticky key issue. However, the design tweak doesn't seem to address the sticky keys issue faced by some current MacBook owners.

The new accessory will allow those that have a newer Apple laptop or desktop to harness the power of a full-blown graphics card by simply plugging the Blackmagic eGPU into the unit's Thunderbolt 3 port. At the moment, the MacBook Pro 13 only comes with Core i5 while the MacBook Pro 15 is listed with the Core i7 option.

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"The MacBook Pro 13 is priced from RM7,499 while the 15" version is priced from RM9,999 in Malaysia.