Apple has refreshed the MacBook Pro line with six-core, eight generation Intel Core processors for more power and higher performance.
Along with the new processors, the MacBook Pro can now be upgraded to a maximum of 32GB of memory and a whopping 4TB of SSD storage.
The 15″ series features Radeon 555X or Radeon 560X discrete GPU graphic cards with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, while the 13″ line sticks to the integrated GPU now with 128MB of embedded DRAM. If you need more graphics processing power, Blackmagic Design also announced their eGPU powered by a Radeon Pro 580 graphics card.
The new line also features the third-generation of butterfly mechanism keycaps for a quieter typing experience. Apple recently offered refunds and an exchange program for those who experienced stuck keys.
The Cost to Upgrade
As usual, it’s going to cost an arm and a leg for a maxed out, top of the range model.
For standard configurations, the 13″ ranges from USD $1,299 to $1,799 and the 15″ starts at $2,399 with a higher spec for $2,799.
Upgrading the CPU from 2.6GHz i7 to the 2.9GHz i9 adds $300 and upgrading the memory to 32GB from the standard 16GB added $400 to the cost.
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.
Matching leather sleeve
Together with the MacBook Pro refresh, Apple also released a new leather sleeve accessory available in three colours. These had previously been available for the 12″ MacBook but not for the 13″ and 15″ line. For the 13″ model it will cost $179 and $199 for the 15″.