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All New 15-Inch MacBook Pro which will stun you

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is expected to be in stores in late June.

If you’ve been keenly waiting to see what might Apple pulls with this one, it does have some heavyweight features all right. Some are quite high-end and probably not something you require unless you intend to use the machine for massive video production and design work. Which says a lot about the effort that has gone into making the new Pro the go-to machine for production work. And while it promises to deliver, these high-end extras don’t come cheap. They’ll set you back by $3,000-$4,000.

Many of the 2017 Pro features remain unchanged in the 2018 MacBook Pro, but the few additions and changes point to a machine that gets more done, faster. So, what’s new in the MacBook Pro?

15-Inch MacBook Pro

8th-Generation Intel Processor

Well, first up is a bigger, faster processor. The new MacBook uses Coffee Lake, Intel’s latest 8th-generation processors. Intel claims these new processors give 88% better performance than 6th-generation processors. On the MacBook Pro, these processors mean synchrony with Optane Memory to give faster read and write times.

It has six-core processors, which guarantee increased performance, meaning you can initiate more processes without slowing down the processor. Apple gives a choice of i7, and i9 processors and Turbo Boosts of up to 4.3GHz, with the i7 starting at $2,399.

Behind the powerful processors are T2 processor chips, which are designed to run the MacBook’s subsystems from a centralized place. It is these chips that are responsible for the running of internal processes, from disk drives and system management to the cooling system, microphones and audio system.

More storage

Storage in the 2018 MacBook Pro caps at an optional 4TB, which is massive for the average user, to say the least. For video editors and other creatives who use the Pro for its performance edge and regularly need to store hundreds of GBs worth of video files, this extra storage is without a doubt a most welcome reprieve. It will cost you $3,200, which, if you require tons of storage, is worth spending just for the convenience.

Smaller storage options are available, starting at 512GB and increasing to 1TB and 2TB.

Bigger memory

The new MacBook Pro uses DDR4 memory, which offers a notably larger DIMM capacity, lower memory power demand, and lower power usage; as a result, better data integrity, more magnificent read and write latency and more RAS features. DDR4 supports more internal banks, and Apple was able to expand memory up to 32GB in the new MacBook Pro.

Bigger battery

The new MacBook Pro has a bigger, 83.6-watt-hour lithium polymer battery. Like in the 2017 Pro, Apple promises 10-hours of battery life in the new Pro, including 10 battery hours of movie playback. But the actual battery hours you get will depend on usage. If you put the machine to above-average heavy use, you can expect to get far lesser battery hours.

However, if you’re a light user, you should have no trouble hitting the 10-hour mark or coming close to it. Either way, nearly 10-hours of battery power can take you through a day’s work if you’re traveling while working. This certainly is a big winner for Apple.

Tru Tone

Complementing the Pro’s retina display is Tru Tone, Apple’s brightness detection feature. The technology uses a light sensor to determine the brightness of the surroundings and adjust lighting accordingly.

It provides great contrast and displays the true shade of images. Creatives in the graphics, video and photography industries will appreciate how Tru Tone brings out the true colors of the images they’re working on.

Tru Tone is available in all Pro models, including the low-end starter model.

Siri add-on

Siri is now available in the MacBook Pro. If you appreciate having a personal assistant run commands on the PC for you while you do something else, you’ll be glad to have Siri on board. Just like in the iPhone, Siri learns from your voice and the more you interact, the better Siri becomes at communicating with you.

If you’re not particular about having an AI-based assistant, simply turn off Siri in the settings or skip Siri activation during setup.

Other features worth noting:

One of the things you’ll notice as soon as you begin using the new Pro is that the keyboard is quieter. If you’re new to the Pro, this may not be a big deal, but to someone who is accustomed to the loud keyboard noise of the previous MacBook Pro, the difference is quite telling.

Apple still uses the butterfly keyboard in the new Pro but a third-generation version. So, what’s different on the keyboard? They probably tweaked the mechanics, but no one is complaining; loud keys can be distracting to some people.

The 2018 Pro also comes with:

  • Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
  • 87W USB-C power adapter
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630

The 2018 Pro also comes with:

  • Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
  • 87W USB-C power adapter
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630

What’s unchanged in the new MacBook Pro?

Many of the features you’re used to in the 2017 Pro model remain unchanged. Notable among these are:

  • 15.4 inch screen
  • The full-size backlit keyboard
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • Force Touch trackpad with Multi-Touch support and precise cursor control
  • 802.11ac WiFi support
  • 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB-C ports)
  • 2880 x 1800 pixels in resolution
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID sensor
  • Radeon Pro 555X or Radeon Pro 560X graphics with 4GB GDDR5 video memory
  • Video support and Thunderbolt 3 digital video output
  • Same size and weight as the 2017 MacBook Pro (0.61” x 13.75” x 9.48” and 4.02 pounds heavy)
  • Like previous models, the new MacBook Pro is available in two colors: silver and space gray.

In Conclusion

While a lot of the basics remain similar to the 2017 MacBook Pro model, the all-new 15-inch MacBook Pro packs some admirable performance muscle. Pro creatives are the biggest winners thanks to the enhanced graphics technology, processor capacity, memory, and storage.

If you’ve wished your older MacBook Pro had more capacity and performance, it may be time to upgrade to the 2018 model, whose power and performance is yet to be matched by any other Apple laptop.

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