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In a quiet mid-summer update to the MacBook Pro, Apple has packed a ton of new goodies in the 2018 revision. The main changes include:

  • Coffee Lake processors with quad-core i7 options on the 13-inch and 6-core i9 options on the 15-inch
  • Thunderbolt 3 on all four ports on both 13- and 15-inch models
  • Radeon Pro GPUs (15-inch models only)
  • Super fast PCIe SSDs in capacities up to 4TB on the 15-inch, 2TB on the 13-inch
  • Improved display, with a new True Tone display
  • 3rd-generation butterfly keyboard
  • T2 chip with improved security

2018 MacBook Pro

The flagship is the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, available in two standard specs: a 2.2GHz Core i7 processor, Radeon Pro 555X GPU and 256GB PCIe SSD, and a 2.6GHz Core i7 processor with Radeon 560X GPU and 512GB PCIe SSD. This can be maxed-out with a build-to-order 2.9GHz i9 CPU, 32GB of RAM 4TB PCIe SSD. All models have four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Pricing starts at $2399.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is also available in two models: a 2.3GHz Core i5 CPU, Intel Iris 640 GPU, and 256GB PCIe SSD, while the higher-tier model also includes a 2.3GHz Core i5 processor, and a slightly beefier Intel Its 655 GPU. Both models have 8GB RAM. The maxed-out version offers a 2.7GHz i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and 2TB PCIe SSD, but there’s no option for a discrete GPU. All models have four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Pricing starts at $1799.

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MacBook Pro Stories January 17

Intel hasn’t yet revealed its 2019 CPU line-up, but it has disclosed the names of this year’s chips and given a few details about what we can expect from them.

We can never know for sure when Apple will adopt a new generation of Intel CPU even when it is available, but we can make some educated guesses …

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MacBook Pro Stories January 9

As PC makers announce high-end OLED laptops, would you pay more for an OLED Mac? [Poll]

At CES 2019, we saw more computer manufacturers flaunt luxury models with OLED displays. While they still remain far pricier than their LCD counterparts, it’s exciting to see mainstream manufactures at least entertaining the option.

Both Dell and subsidiary Alienware have announced new OLED offerings this week for their notebooks, however specific pricing is yet to be confirmed. Ultimately, we know they won’t come cheap, and the only question is, how much more are you willing to pay?

MacBook Pro Stories January 8

NVIDIA is having a strong CES. After announcing powerful new RTX 2000 series GPUs last year, the company took to Las Vegas this week to show off an array of new laptops featuring the accompanying mobile RTX series.

Powerful gaming laptops are getting thinner and increasingly more capable, and these new chips are certainly the best on the market. The only question left is, will we ever see these featured in a Mac?

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Satechi has announced two new USB-C PD chargers at CES 2019. The 30W and 75W travel chargers feature both USB-C and USB-A for convenience to charge any device. Notably, the 75W charger offers two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports, perfect for simultaneous charging of a MacBook, iPad Pro, iPhone, and more.

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MacBook Pro Stories January 7

It can only be a matter of time before Apple adds Face ID to MacBooks, but the question is: what approach should the company take?

Apple has applied two different solutions to iPhones and iPads. For iPhones, Apple opted for super-slim bezels and a notch to house the TrueDepth cameras and other sensors. For the iPad, the company instead chose to keep the bezels thick enough to house the module.

Should it adopt the iPad solution for MacBooks, or should it copy an approach seen in one of the latest Asus laptops … ?

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MacBook Pro Stories January 2

How to recover deleted photos on Mac

Whether you recently got an MacBook, iMac, or another Apple computer or have been using for one years, read on for how to recover deleted photos on Mac.

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