Apple's refreshed MacBook Pro 2018 models: Here's what's new, spec by spec

Apple rumoured to be releasing a linewide hardware refresh this year

Macs: Kuo claims that the MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMac are all slated for upgrades this fall, presumably with Intel's latest eighth-generation Core processors.

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pros don't come with graphics card, which are useful for power-hungry tasks, like photo and video editing, as well as playing games. And with good reason, the new keyboard design Apple introduced on its late 2016 MacBook Pro lineup has been widely derided for being frustratingly unreliable. No bad butterfly keyboard here! It's responsible for the Secure Enclave coprocessor, along with other features new for the 2018 notebook. However, the new models still use a butterfly keyboard, and those who find them uncomfortable to type on will likely be sad to learn of the retirement of the only non-butterfly MacBook Pro option. A redesign will undoubtedly come along eventually-they always do. This new third-generation keyboard wasn't created to solve those issues, Apple says.

Just as notable as what Apple has changed for its 2018 refresh are the things that have stayed the same.

The rest of the machines stay untouched, including the four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, battery life and screen resolution. That, according to Apple, has been some of the most intense feedback the company has gotten over the new keyboards. Around the display are still the same thickness bezels: an edge-to-edge panel would've been nice, but that will just have to wait. Bluetooth has been upgraded, with a 5.0 radio now included rather than 4.2.

Now, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities says Apple will release three new iPhone models including a slightly cheaper 6.1-inch phone without 3D touch.

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"For standard configurations, the 13" ranges from United States dollars $1,299 to $1,799 and the 15" starts at $2,399 with a higher spec for $2,799.

Since you can't upgrade the internals at a later stage, if you want to add more internal storage, you will have to do it at purchase.

The Blackmagic eGPU's Radeon Pro 580 has 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM and supports Apple's Metal 3D-accelerated graphics framework. Pricing starts at $2,399 but can be as much as $6,699 if you fully max out. Stepping up to the 2.9 GHz Core i9 is $400 or $300, respectively.

The processor upgrades are not that expensive as the upgrade to the 4TB SSD which will cost you an additional $3,200. The maximum amount of RAM available in the larger laptop has also been doubled to 32GB.

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