Apple updates the MacBook Pro in big and small ways


After being initially presented with a July 16 - July 18th delivery date, Apple surprised some early purchasers who opted for next day delivery with shipments scheduled to arrive tomorrow.

Now seeing as how the keyboard was seemingly the main source of complaints on the 2016 models, it will be interesting to see how the company's next-gen keyboard design functions out in the real world.

The new MacBook Pro also gains improved graphics processors. What is your estimated delivery time? Adding an eGPU to the 13-inch MacBook Pro helps bridge the performance gap with the 15-inch models. That, according to Apple, has been some of the most intense feedback the company has gotten over the new keyboards.

Apple has also put the new T2 chip from its iMac Pro into the MacBook Pro, which handles fingerprint scanning, the Touch Bar and other duties.

Apple says the new 15-inch MacBook Pro features up to 8th-generation 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors (up to 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz), and offers up to 70 percent faster performance.

Another frustration pro Mac users have been having recently is that the product cycle has seemed to keep stretching, with Apple taking increasingly long between product updates. Two Apple Watch models are predicted; one with a display size of 1.57in and another with a larger 1.78in screen.

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The previous versions of the keyboard have been a pain-point for customers and Apple for their lack of reliability since the switch to the newer, thinner butterfly keys, about which there are now multiple lawsuits. It comes in an integrated design that brings high-end desktop class graphics processing to MacBook Pro for professional video workflows, 3D games and immersive VR.

For quite some time now, Apple's top of the line MacBook Pro has been the source of a lot of controversy and criticism.

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"The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we've ever made".

Asked if the keyboard had been redesigned with the express objective of eradicating the key failure problem, the spokesperson told me that the design has been changed for quieter operation, not specifically to address reliability and durability issues.

For hands-on looks at these new models (based on a media event held in New York City on Wednesday), check out Laptop Mag, The Verge, Macworld, and iMore.