Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

New external GPU gives MacBook Pro up to 8-times better performance

New external GPU gives MacBook Pro up to 8-times better performance

Apple on Thursday announced a long-awaited update for the MacBook Pro, giving the laptops a much-needed performance bump but not any meaningful change in design. And with up to a 2TB SSD on the 13-inch model and up to a 4TB SSD on the 15-inch, MacBook Pro gives customers the flexibility to work with large asset libraries and projects wherever they go.

The Apple-tracking site interviewed some Apple Store staff who told it that managers, within reason, can decide on an individual basis whether to let you exchange your 2017 MacBook Pro for a 2018 model.

The 13-inch model with Touch Bar can be configured to come with a quad-core Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor clocked at up to 2.7GHz and reaching up to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost. If you got your new 2017 MacBook Pro from an Apple Store within the last 30 days, you can head back to the store, and explain the situation to them. The new MacBook Pro is available for ordering now on Apple.com, and will be available from Apple Authorized Resellers and Apple retail stores later this week.

For enhanced security, the MacBook Pro for 2018 is also equipped with Apple's new T2 chip.

The new MacBook Pros finally have 8th gen Intel processors, incorporates the True Tone display from the iPad and iPhone, and a new keyboard.

The Blackmagic eGPU features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3 ports, and one HDMI 2 port, which means you could use it as a docking station.

Retina Display with True Tone Delivers Ultimate Viewing Experience With 500 nits of brightness and support for the P3 wide colour gamut, the Retina display on MacBook Pro is the best Mac notebook display ever.

The laptops will also have a new "Hey Siri" capability that allows people to trigger Apple's voice assistant without having to hit a combination of keys beforehand. Which is Apple-speak for "its borked but we can't fix it, so we are making it your problem".

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