11-inch iPad Pro, New MacBook Air on Way

Ruben Fields
July 13, 2018

It includes Apple T2 Chip and provides up to 4TB of SSD storage.

But Apple hasn't promised the new keyboards will offer any additional reliability over its previous generation butterfly keyboard. However, the base model which starts at RM 7,499 is equipped with quad-core 8th Gen Intel Core i5 instead alongside 8GB LPDDR3-2133 RAM, and 256GB solid state drive. These changes are expected to include better chips and "significant display-performance upgrades" for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac mini.

Already the most popular notebook for developers around the world, the new MacBook Pro can compile code faster and run multiple virtual machines and test environments easier than before.

The new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro 2018 models are available for purchase starting today from Apple's online store with prices starting at $2,399 CAD and $3,199 CAD, respectively.

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The Blackmagic eGPU connects via Thunderbolt 3 (there are two ports) and features a built-in Radeon Pro 580, HDMI 2.0, 85W of charging power (works with 100V-240V for use around the world), and 4 USB 3.1 connections. On the other hand, the 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM. According to Kuo, the smaller 38mm model will jump from a 1.5-inch display to a 1.57-inch one, while the 42mm model will now feature a 1.78-inch display, rather than a 1.65-inch screen. The 15-inch model can be configured with up to 4 TB of SSD storage, while the 13-inch model is limited to a maximum of 2 TB.

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.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities believes 2018 may be the year that a new version of the Mac mini will roll out into the market, according to his latest research note as reported by 9to5Mac.

Additionally, Kuo said Apple may release a new low-priced laptop, similar to the MacBook Air, but likely rebranded in a new way.

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