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Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

Apple on Thursday announced new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro which are faster than ever, can compile code faster and run multiple virtual machines and test environments easier than before. It should give you 2.8-times faster graphics performance on the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 8-times faster on the 13-inch model.

Apple has upgraded two models, the 3-pound 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar and the 4-pound 15-inch model with the Touch Bar.

Pre-orders for newer MacBook Pro models have started, and the shipment can be expected as early as tomorrow. For instance, if you bought your MacBook Pro 15 or 16 days ago, there's a good chance that the manager will let it go and treat it like a 14-day return. 256GB is now the minimum storage capacity for the new MacBook Pro.

The Leather Sleeve was an exclusive accessory to the 12-inch MacBook but now Apple is expanding it to the MacBook Pro lineup. The new chip, T2, which is also installed in the iMac Pro, is capable of activating Siri, a voice assistant, by saying "Hey Siri". But while the updated MacBooks have an "improved third-generation" keyboard that it promises will be quieter, the company has stayed committed to its key design.




But Apple hasn't promised the new keyboards will offer any additional reliability over its previous generation butterfly keyboard.

Along with all the hardware upgrades, Apple is bringing the so-called Apple T2 Chip introduced with the iMacs. The new MacBook Pro is available for ordering now on Apple.com, and will be available from Apple Authorized Resellers and Apple retail stores later this week.

According to Apple the 15-inch variant is 70 per cent faster than current MacBook Pros, while the smaller of the two is twice as fast.

Apple did indicate that the new MacBook Pros are part of a broader Back to School promotion that begins today that includes a pair of qualifying Beats headphones with the purchase of any eligible Mac or iPad Pro for college. It still retains a large Force Touch trackpad and in terms of connectivity, both models come with 4x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports as standard.


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