Apple MacBook Pro models updated with beefier processors and RAM

Apple rumoured to be releasing a linewide hardware refresh this year

Interestingly, consumers don't have to wait long to purchase them in Malaysia though as these new notebooks are available for order through Apple Malaysia's website. Apple removed the mid-2015 15-inch Retina Macbook Pro model from its online store, officially killing off what some consider to be the best laptop ever made.

For power users, the 4th-generation, quad-core Core i7 chip is just not going to cut it anymore.

The upgrade comes to the MacBook Pro which is now faster thanks to an 8th-generation Intel Core processor. These issues have kept many would-be Apple customers from purchasing new MacBook Pros.

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pros don't come with graphics card, which are useful for power-hungry tasks, like photo and video editing, as well as playing games. So, connecting your MacBook Pro to this graphics accelerator will grant access to four USB 3.1 Type-A ports, two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and one HDMI.

Apple says its battery life estimates are unchanged. It is not clear if Apple will upgrade it to the new fangled electrickery.

Apple's new Macbook Pros will start at $1,799 for the 13-inch model and $2,399 for the 15-inch model. The 15-inch receives a six-core i9 capable of 4.8Ghz Turbo Boost mode, and up to 32GB of DDR4 memory. Upgrading to the Core i7 is another $300; doubling the memory to 16 GB is $200; and you can spend an extra $1,400 to get 2 TB of SSD storage. The company said in a press release that the 15-inch model is up to 70 percent faster, while the 13-inch model is twice as fast. One has an 11-inch screen, and the other has a 12.9-inch screen, similar to Apple's current iPad Pro lineup. The quartet also feature the Touch Bar interface and Touch ID authentication, enhanced with a dedicated secure enclave chip, the Apple T2. Last month Apple acknowledged that a "small percentage" of the keyboards on its MacBook and MacBook Pro models may exhibit "sticky" keys and key strike failures.

A few of the more interesting excerpts regarding the new MacBook Pro keyboard can be viewed below. The new chip, T2, which is also installed in the iMac Pro, is capable of activating Siri, a voice assistant, by saying "Hey Siri".

Plus, bumping the RAM from 16GB to 32GB adds another $400.

Apple also updated the laptop displays with "True Tone", which the company says will deliver more natural color.

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