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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 October 15

If you’re looking for the largest possible ultra-wide monitor suitable for use with a Mac, the new Dell UltraSharp 49 could be just the thing.

The monitor measures a massive 49 inches diagonally, with a resolution to match. The dual QHD monitor offers a resolution of 5120×1440, the equivalent of two 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Displays side-by-side … 

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MacBook Pro Stories September 27

If you’re looking for a sleeve to protect your MacBook Pro inside a bag, or just when carrying it around on its own, you have plenty of options, starting from around ten bucks.

Materials include felt, neoprene and polyurethane. But if you want a real luxury look and feel, there’s no substitute for leather.

If money’s no object, you could opt for Apple’s own Leather Sleeve. But despite its $199 price-tag for the 15-inch version, our review found that it’s still not a perfect option, with two problems …

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MacBook Pro Stories September 25

Apple includes three different USB-C chargers depending on the MacBook model you have. While the 61W charger is powerful enough to juice up all of Apple’s notebooks at full speed except for the 15-inch MacBook, is it still the best choice when replacing or picking up a second charger for any MacBook? Follow along for our hands-on test.

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MacBook Pro Stories September 20

Apple has recently documented a new data recovery process internally for Macs that utilize its T2 chip introduced with the iMac Pro and the 2018 MacBook Pro. The new process for repair staff is being introduced due to the T2 chip’s advanced security features including hardware encryption for SSD storage that isn’t compatible with Apple’s previous data recovery methods used on older machines.

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MacBook Pro Stories September 10

Most MacBook stands on the market fall into one of the few aluminum-based styles that have become commonplace. That’s why we jumped at the chance to go hands-on with Yohann’s MacBook and MacBook Pro Stand that breaks the mold with both its material choice and striking design. Follow along for a closer look at this beautiful way to elevate your MacBook.

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MacBook Pro Stories August 29

Acer has today teased the latest version of its Swift 7 laptop at IFA. The company hasn’t revealed much about it as yet, but The Verge reports that it has shared a few details.

This latest model is less than 10mm thick and includes an edge-to-edge display. The display is now 92 percent screen-to-body ratio, and overall the laptop weighs less than 2.2 pounds. Acer is shipping this new Swift 7 with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, and it’s claiming that it’s the world’s thinnest laptop.

Not all MacBook Pro owners will agree than thin is necessarily good. There are those who argue that thicker batteries and more passive cooling capacity would result in a more useful machine. But the thing that does stand out for me about the Swift 7 is those ultra-thin bezels …

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