MacBook Pro: Apple’s professional laptop gets a speedy new processor

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Almost lost in the landslide of product announcements at
Apple’s Worldwide Developers
Conference
keynote was the reveal the MacBook
Pro
 received an important update: The new laptops have
the same design
as the previous version
, but the laptops feature new
processors that should provide a speed boost.

New processor, graphics, and solid-state drives

The biggest MacBook Pro news is that Apple is now using Intel’s
Kaby Lake processors. Kaby Lake is Intel’s seventh-generation
processor, and it replaces the sixth-generation Skylake
processors that were in the previous MacBook Pro.

Apple has also upgraded the MacBook Pro’s graphics hardware.
The 13-inch models that have only an integrated graphics
processor use either the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 or
Graphics 650, replacing the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 540 or
Graphics 550 in the previous models.

The 15-inch models upgraded its integrated graphics from an
Intel HD Graphics 530 to an Intel HD Graphics 630. They also
have heftier discrete graphics: either a 2GB Radeon Pro 555 or
a 4GB Radeon Pro 560, which are an upgrade from the 2GB Radeon
Pro 450 and 455 and the 4GBRadeon Pro 460 found in earlier
models.

The solid-state-drives (SSDs) in the new MacBook Pro are faster
as well—up to 50 percent over the SSD in the previous models,
according to Apple.

Models and prices

Apple offers four standard configurations of the 13-inch
MacBook Pro, and two of the 15-inch MacBook Pro. All laptops
are available in Space Gray or Silver. Here’s the rundown on
each model. (Each model can be customized at an additional
cost.)

13-inch MacBook Pro

$1,299: 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5
processor, 8GB of memory, 128GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics
640 (integrated graphics), two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, no
TouchBar

$1,499: 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5
processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics
640 (integrated graphics), two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, no
TouchBar

$1,799: 3.1GHz dual-core Core i5
processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics
650 (integrated graphics), four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports,
TouchBar included

$1,999: 3.1GHz dual-core Core i5
processor, 8GB of memory, 512GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics
650 (integrated graphics), four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports,
TouchBar included

15-inch MacBook Pro

$2,399: 2.8GHz quad-core Core i7
processor, 16GB of memory, 256GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 630
(integrated graphics), 2GB Radeon Pro 555 (discrete graphics),
four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, TouchBar included

$2,799: 2.9GHz quad-core Core i7
processor, 16GB of memory, 512GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 630
(integrated graphics), 4GB Radeon Pro 560 (discrete graphics),
four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, TouchBar included

Apple also sells an “affordable” 15-inch MacBook Pro, which is
based on specifications from a model that sold in 2015 and is
available only in silver. The heart of this laptop is a Haswell
processor, which is a fourth-generation Intel processor. Here
are its price and specifications:

$1,999:
2.2GHz quad-core Core i7 processor (Haswell), 16GB of memory,
256GB SSD, Iris Pro Graphics (integrated graphics), two
Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports, no TouchBar

How to buy a MacBook Pro

You can buy a new MacBook Pro directly from
Apple online
. Check the Apple website for ship dates, since
the laptops may not be available immediately. You can also
visit a retail Apple store
near you

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