Apple rumoured to be releasing a linewide hardware refresh this year

Sheri Evans
July 13, 2018

At $699 this would appear to be a great way to get extra graphical processing grunt to any MacBook Pro that supports it, and it is available to purchase right now through the Apple store.

The starting price for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is $1799 (R24,000), the same as before. 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. 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. In addition to graphics and computational acceleration, the Blackmagic eGPU is also the flawless docking hub for connecting devices such as keyboards, mice, Thunderbolt monitors, big screen HDMI televisions, high speed storage and more.

In what is likely one of the most exciting rumors, Kuo said Apple could release new iPad Pro models that feature an edge-to-edge screen and Apple's facial recognition technology, FaceID. It is not clear if Apple will upgrade it to the new fangled electrickery.

Only the 13in and 15in MacBook Pros with Touch Bar have been updated, leaving the model without a Touch Bar unchanged, along with the smaller MacBook and iMac. Apple has also added "Hey Siri" support to its new MacBook Pro models. According to analyst Ming-chi Kuo of TF International Securities, we have more detailed expectations of exactly what we expect Apple to be shipping this year.

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With the new update and features, Apple plans to make the MacBook even more ideal for professionals and content creators.

Another frustration pro Mac users have been having recently is that the product cycle has seemed to keep stretching, with Apple taking increasingly long between product updates. On Apple's website, the 13-inch model of the sleeve will set you back $179.

For those who hate the newest - and now only - Macbook Pro line, thanks to its lack of ports, annoying and flawed butterfly keyboard, and gimmicky Touch Bar; this discontinuation of the 2015 model is Apple's way of saying too bad, this is just the way things are now. Other features on the updated MacBook Pro lineup include- a True Tone display, improved third-generation keyboard for smooth typing, powerful Radeon Pro graphics, large Force Touch trackpad, Touch Bar and Touch ID. A redesign will undoubtedly come along eventually-they always do.

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