Apple Blackmagic eGPU for MacBook Pro: Cheaper and better alternatives

13 July, 2018, 08:44 | Author: Shawn Conner
  • Apple rumoured to be releasing a linewide hardware refresh this year

On Apple's website, the 13-inch model of the sleeve will set you back $179.

The screens and Touch Bars on these notebooks now incorporate Apple's True Tone display technology to shift white points in response to ambient lighting.

Apple says its battery life estimates are unchanged.

In the old MacBook Pro, Apple used the Apple T1 chip to handle the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, Apple Pay, and a few other features.

All Apple said for now is that the range gets "an improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing". Non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro models remain unrefreshed.

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China said it is "shocked" after the USA announced plans for fresh tariffs, escalating a trade war between the two countries. Regulators can deny or cancel licenses or tie up companies by launching tax, environmental or anti-monopoly investigations.

Despite those upgrades, consumers may be unhappy to hear that these new computers retain the basic Macbook's basic keyboard design - which has drawn three class-action lawsuits that claim it's faulty.

Apple says the larger new MacBook Pro is as much as 70 per cent faster than the previous model, while the smaller version is up to twice as fast as its predecessor.

A research note from reliable Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo of KGI Securities published Thursday indicates there will be some upgrades this fall, though Apple may replace the MacBook Air with a "low-cost" MacBook model, 9 to 5 Mac reported. That's one complaint with the current MacBook Pro keyboards. As for customers that prefer to purchase these notebooks at Apple Authorized Resellers instead, they have to wait slightly longer as we don't have any exact on-ground release date for the time being. Adding an eGPU to the 13-inch MacBook Pro helps bridge the performance gap with the 15-inch models. The new chip, T2, which is also installed in the iMac Pro, is capable of activating Siri, a voice assistant, by saying "Hey Siri". Both also offer up to 4TB and 2TB of solid state storage respectively.

The Verge, meanwhile, notes that the new keyboard was created to be quieter, not to address complaints about reliability. The discrete graphics options are AMD Radeon Pro 555X with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM and Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. This model still relies on integrated graphics and starts at $1,299, going up to $3,699 fully loaded. Maxing out the storage to the 4 TB SSD is $3,400 or $3,200, depending on which core model you're starting from. The maximum amount of RAM available in the larger laptop has also been doubled to 32GB. All in all, maxed out, you're looking at $6,699.

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