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Apple updates MacBook Pro range with 8-core processor for creators who demand performance

Apple has announced an updated line of 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks now available, for the first time, with 8-core, faster performance and crucially, improved keyboards.

15-inch MacBook Pro

The newest iteration of the 15-inch MacBook Pro brings an 8-core Intel processor to the range for the first time, though a 6-core processor is also available for those who don’t require that much power. Turbo Boost speeds now reach up to 5.0 GHZ and, generally speaking, the model performs two times faster than its quad-core counterpart.

This new power significantly speeds up the processing time of projects across industries like photography, music production, science and research and software development. In fact, Photoshop can apply complex photo edits up to 75% faster, video editors can work on as many as 11 multi-cam streams of 4K video at the same time in Final Cut Pro X and developer’s code can be compiled up to 65% faster in Xcode.

13-inch MacBook Pro

Though the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is still powered by a quad-core processor, it can deliver Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7GHz. The model without the Touch Bar remains unchanged.

Updated keyboard

Both the 13-inch and 15-inch versions of the updated MacBook Pro will still use Apple’s butterfly-mechanism keyboard but the mechanism has been improved to eliminate or reduce the problems of keys being prone to sticking or being completely unresponsive.

Apple didn’t explain specifically how the butterfly-mechanism has been improved but ideally, it should be more reliable than the previous iteration.

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The updated MacBook Pro gets Retina display with 500 nits of brightness and P3 wide colour for a true-to-life viewing experience.

Starts from RM7,849

The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts from RM7,849 depending on configuration while the 15-inch version starts from RM10,499.

Both are available from today through, the Apple Store app and Apple Authorised Resellers later this week.

Amin Ashaari