It looks like Apple fans won’t have to wait until next year for a MacBook Pro refresh. And there’s a pretty good chance the upgrade will be well worth it. A new report from Bloomberg claims Apple is making big changes to its line of pro laptops — the first major overhaul in four years. There have been similar reports in May, when KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo said the 2016 MacBook Pros would have an “OLED display touch bar.”
It has been more than 440 days since the American tech juggernaut released the current Retina MacBook Pro. Frankly, we were beginning to worry; the iPad Pro isn’t a laptop replacement. Don’t be silly.
The next MacBook Pros will be thinner and will have a wider, pressure-sensitive trackpad, plus the option to cram in a powerful graphics processor that can run more demanding games smoothly. They are also said to have smaller footprints and straighter edges.
A Touch ID fingerprint reader and a Type-C port that supports charging, data transfer, and video output are likewise included in the assembly. However, the most intriguing addition we’ve heard yet is the secondary OLED display right above the keyboard. Users can assign keyboard shortcuts to the panel; that way, media playback controls will be accessible while iTunes or Spotify is running.
The new MacBook Pros could come in gray, gold, and silver colors, like the iPhone and iPad. But don’t expect to see them at the next Apple event rumored for September 7th. Which is okay. A quiet release is better than no release at all.
Despite significant declines in the global PC and tablet markets, Mac sales have fared better than expected. In fact, business was up 6 percent to $25.5 billion during the previous fiscal year, whereas iPad numbers were down 23 percent to $23.2 billion.
MacBooks move on from traditional keyboard and USB posts
Time to embrace the newer MacBooks
It’s time to let go of the past, I suppose.
With the release of new MacBook Pro models, the MacBook Pro of 2015 has effectively been discontinued by Apple.
Why is this such a big deal? If you’ve been following Apple’s yearly refresh of its laptop line, you’d know that they’ve gradually let go of full-size USB ports and longer-travel keyboards in favor of slimmer designs.
This means the MacBook Pro that was released in 2015 is the last model to feature these legacy features.
In effect, if you’re going to buy a new MacBook Pro, you’ll have to embrace the dongle life, because your usual flash drives, external hard disks, and SD cards won’t fit into the USB-C-only ports of the newer models.
Of course, there are numerous accessories that simplify the need for dongles, but they’re still not as convenient as the slots that came built into MacBooks of old, including SD card readers, ports for USB-A, HDMI, and Thunderbolt, as well as the much-loved MagSafe power connector.
9to5Mac points out that Apple is still selling some 15-inch 2015 MacBooks in clearance sales for those who can’t let go just yet. Models from 2016 onward already have the updated design.
On the bright side, this year’s MacBooks are worth looking into. Not only do they come with the latest Intel Core processors and generous helpings of memory and storage, there are also improvements in the butterfly keyboard and signature Touch Bar.
Apple updates MacBook Pro line with new processors, quieter keyboard
They also get more expensive
Apple has updated the MacBook Pro line with newer processors, more configuration options, a quieter keyboard design, and True Tone displays. Although, only the top-tier variants or those with Touch Bar get the latest features.
The new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar now feature eight-generation Intel Core processors, with the 15-inch variant getting the more impressive bump. It’ll have six-core Intel Core i7 or Core i9 options with up to 32GB DDR4 memory and 4TB SSD for storage. Discrete graphics still draw power from Radeon Pro with 4GB of memory.
As for the 13-inch variant, it gets new quad-core Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors paired with Intel Iris 655 integrated graphics. Storage can be configured up to a 2TB SSD.
Both the 13- and 15-inch variants also receive an Apple T2 chip which brings enhanced system security and “Hey, Siri” voice-command support. Both the Retina Display and Touch Bar now have True Tone technology that allows the screen to change color temperature automatically. The third-generation butterfly keyboard is also quieter, but it still has less travel than the older MacBook Pro models.
In addition, Apple is releasing official leather sleeves for the MacBook Pro lineup similar to the 12-inch MacBook last year. The sleeves will come in black, brown, and dark blue.
A fully specced-out 15-inch Touch Bar model is priced at US$ 6,699, but the base model remains at US$ 2,399. Pricing for the 13-inch Touch Bar model still starts at US$ 1,799. The new MacBook Pro models are now available through the Apple website and in select retail stores and authorized resellers next week.
Dell G7 and G3 gaming laptops launch in Singapore
Dell steps up its gaming series
Both Dell G-series notebooks officially launched in Singapore. They feature 15-inch IPS displays packed in a gaming-forward chassis. The new laptops are powered by eight-generation Intel Core processors with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series graphics.
The Dell G3 is the company’s thinnest gaming laptop to date with a slim 22.7mm profile for gaming on the go. It comes with SmartByte software that prioritizes gaming and video performance over Wi-Fi networks. It’ll be available in three color options: Licorice Black, Recon Blue, and Alpine White.
The Dell G7 is a more powerful option and has a distinct design compared to other gaming notebooks in the market. It features a GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q design and 6GB of DDR5 memory. It even has an option for an eight-generation Intel Core i9 processor and a UHD display if you want to have the best-possible configuration. The Dell G7 is available in either Licorice Black or Alpine White.
As for pricing, the Dell G3 (15-inch) starts at SG$ 1,199 while the Dell G7 (15-inch) is from SG$ 1,699. Both G-series gaming laptops are now available through Dell stores and authorized partners in Singapore.
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