Apple starts selling exclusive Blackmagic eGPU to boost MacBook Pro performance

Apple starts selling exclusive Blackmagic eGPU to boost MacBook Pro performance

It's finally here. If you are like me and have been long waiting for a new MacBook Pro, you will no longer have to wait much further - Apple has just taken the wraps off its new, refreshed MacBook Pros.

Here's the pick of the offers.

Apple is rumoured to be launching 3 new iPhones this year, but those new iPhones may not be all that Apple is planning to release.

For more on Apple's new and improved MacBook Pro, starting at $1,799 Dollars (13-inch) and $2,399 USD (15-inch), follow to the company's website.

Targeting editors, VFX artists and colorists - especially users of DaVinci Resolve and its all-in-one toolkit - Blackmagic Design said it has started shipping the Blackmagic eGPU, an external graphics processor for MacBook Pros designed in collaboration with (and available exclusively through) Apple. Apple also added an updated custom chip called the T2, which provides better security and brings the voice-controlled "Hey Siri" option to the Mac for the first time. Apple has been gradually increasing support for eGPUs within macOS, with the latest version being the best yet.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with the 2.2GHz 8th-gen Intel Core i7 chip and 256GB of storage starts at $2,399. Of course, a lot of the professional users who will be buying the MacBook Pro will demand color output fidelity from their new laptop display, and will therefore need to turn this feature off some or all of the time.

The starting price for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is $1799 (R24,000), the same as before. The Blackmagic eGPU comes with an AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card, which is significantly more powerful than the Radeon RX 560x that's in the high-end 2018 MacBook Pro.

Speaking to the severity of the issue, Apple last month launched a new service which allows MacBook and MacBook Pro owners with the butterfly keyboard design to enjoy free repairs. Or, for the digital hoarders among us, a nice storage bump with capacity of both the 13- and 15-inch offerings doubling to 2TB or 4TB, respectively.

According to a new investor's note shared this morning by reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, refreshes are expected for the iPhone, iPad, Mac mini, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Apple Watch.

Are you willing to spend upwards of $6600 for a top-of-the-line MacBook Pro?