Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

Yolanda Curtis
July 13, 2018

The new MacBook Pros are also part of a Back to School promotion that Apple is announcing today.

Here's the pick of the offers. And Apple is apparently due to refresh pretty much all of its hardware line-up, with new Apple Watches, iPads, Macs and the firm's long-delayed AirPower charger due to arrive later this year. The 13-inch comes with quad-core 8th gen i5 or i7 processor, offering speeds up to 2.7GHz and 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost.

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.

Additional updates include support for up to 32GB of memory and a True Tone display.

Apple says the new MacBook Pro models are part of the company's Back to School promotion starting in the USA from Tuesday, available to college students, their parents, faculty and staff through the Apple Education Store.

The smaller MacBook Pro starts at US$1,799 and the larger model at US$2,399. The new models feature faster 8th-generation Intel processors with six cores in the 15-inch model and four cores in the 13-inch model. These changes are expected to include better chips and "significant display-performance upgrades" for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac mini. With its recommitment to pro users at a special media event in the spring of 2017, it seemed like Apple had gotten the message, but it would need to walk the walk. The Core i7 models are clocked at 2.7 (4.5GHz with Turbo Boost) while the integrated Iris Plus 655 graphics receives a bump to 128MB eDRAM - double the amount from the previous models. The sentiments shared in his post about the 15-inch Retina Macbook Pro model - titled "The best laptop ever made" - were echoed across the web.

They're not cheap though - the 13-inch starts at $1799 (R24,000), and the least powerful 15-inch model will cost $2399 (R32,000). Apple says that the keyboards in this 2018 update contain "third-generation" butterfly switches. The discrete graphics options are AMD Radeon Pro 555X with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM and Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. That's one complaint with the current MacBook Pro keyboards.

It also means you get the portability of a 13-inch laptop with the option of adding the performance of a larger laptop, or even a full-size desktop.

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