On Thursday, Apple released the 2018 line of Macbook Pro featuring upgraded and updated hardware. For information on what this entails, read on…
After the initial release of Intel’s 8th generation CPUs in October last year, Apple has finally included them within their Macbook Pro line up. This meant users could take advantage of the higher core count and higher clock speed of the new processors (an apparent 45% speed increase on their predecessors) including the use of i9 processors of 6 cores capped at 4.8 ghz boost, this overall making the device even more appealing to the professional market though for an extra £270. Disappointingly, the lower end 13 inch models did not see any such upgrades, this meaning they remain at a mere 2 cores therefore inadequate as a pro device.
After mass disappointment over the inclusion of only 16gb of RAM in a professional product, Apple has wisely chosen to allow for up to 32gb of RAM, this bolstering the devices multitasking abilities.Although this may be a worthwhile upgrade, the £360 price tag to obtain 16gb extra makes the upgrade pricey.
Apple’s controversial “Butterfly” keyboard has faced much criticism due to its tendency to trap dust and other unwanted small bits, this possibly being fixed with this iteration of the switch: this is due to it featuring a new layer (discovered by iFixIt) intending to catch the debris before it becomes an issue. The new keyboard is also meant to have quieter operation thus reducing the fairly large clicking sound that is produced upon contact.
The previous maximum amount of SSD storage available for the lineup has been increased to 4TB: this allows for fast local storage of even more larger files such as video files used by professionals.
Apple has integrated the T2 custom chip into this new line up, this also being present within the iMac Pro. This is what Apple has to say about the chip:
The Apple T2 chip is Apple’s second-generation, custom silicon for Mac. By redesigning and integrating several controllers found in other Mac computers—such as the System Management Controller, image signal processor, audio controller, and SSD controller—the Apple T2 chip delivers new capabilities to your Mac.
For example, the Apple T2 chip enables a new level of security by including a secure enclave coprocessor that provides the foundation for new encrypted storage and secure boot capabilities. And the chip’s image signal processor works with the FaceTime HD camera to enable enhanced tone mapping, improved exposure control, and face-detection–based autoexposure and auto white balance.
This feature deputed with the 9.7 inch iPad Pro, and is used for maintaining the screens white balance no matter the environment. This therefore benefits the user for reducing stress on the eyes, this allowing users to work longer on their project without too much strain.
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