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Apple debuts upgraded pro laptops ahead of fall product blitz

Apple debuts upgraded pro laptops ahead of fall product blitz

The current generation of MacBook Pro models has been controversial since it was introduced in late 2016.

The iPhone maker said the 8th-generation Intel processors will make the 15-inch model up to 70 percent faster and the 13-inch model up to two times faster.

Apple's updated 2018 MacBook Pro lineup should please a lot of professional users thanks to the new powerful internals that they now ship with.

Each product is expected to get upgraded chips, which many are speculating to be new Intel eigth-generation processors, while the iMac could see 'significant display-performance upgrades, ' according to 9to5Mac.

The 2.2 GHz model starts at US$2399 and the 2.6 GHz model is priced starting at $2799. Previous rumors have suggested this machine could be a 12-inch MacBook, so Apple may be planning to expand the MacBook lineup with an additional low-priced option to replace the MacBook Air. 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.

Along with the new MacBook Pros, Cupertino is launching new, official leather sleeves for the devices.

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An analyst says the new model's disappointing sales could lead to the phone being cancelled - with production stopping as soon as this summer. "Apple says the 13" model with the Touch Bar will command a $1799 base price, while 15" models will start at $2399.

This supports earlier rumors that Apple would either update or ditch the MacBook Air altogether. There aren't many details available, but previous rumors have suggested that Apple may be upgrading the MacBook Air. The 15-inch model will now also be offered with up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, double the maximum amount of the older model - the 13-inch model however is still stuck with 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

Besides that, the two models also come Retina displays that feature 500 nits of brightness and support for the P3 wide color gamut.

Currently, Apple has a few 2015 MacBook Pro models listed in its online clearance section, but it's likely that Apple will not have more to sell after those are gone.

But if you're nostalgic like I am, it's not going to be easy saying goodbye to one of the best MacBooks ever. A redesign will undoubtedly come along eventually-they always do.


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