WWDC 2017: Apple brings back Macbook Pro

Apple puts the pro user back in it’s sights

The previous generation of MacBook Pros saw the introduction of a nifty touch bar and an underwhelming advancement in computing power (compared with Windows 10 laptops). That along with poor battery life (since fixed), an iffy keyboard and the now infamous #DongleLife had me concerned for the relationship between myself and my favorite tech giant.

With no updates in almost three years to the MacPro line I was beginning to wonder if there was going to be a place for Apple in a professional’s arsenal in the near future.

At WWDC 2017 however, I got a spark of what made me fall in love with Apple in the first place. Intuition, simplicity and unapologetic power.

The new line of MacBook Pros get 7th-gen Intel Core processors, affectionately known as Kaby Lake’s

Macbook Pro 2017 Specs:

The 13-inch is available as a 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5 or 3.1GHz dual-core processors, configurable up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. They boast Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 on the non-Touch Bar spec and Iris Plus Graphics 650 on the Touch Bar models.

The 15-inch setup comes in either a 2.8GHz quad-core Core i7 processor or 2.9GHz quad-core Core i7 with up to 16GB of RAM (urgh, still no 32GB option) but can hold up to 2TB of your stuff on a mighty fast SSD. The graphics processor is impressive for a laptop and comes with Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching between Intel HD Graphics 630, or Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching with HD Graphics 630.

The overdue performance updates meet the typically beautiful silver or space gray aluminum body, tactile keyboard, the huge trackpad and my favorite display on any laptop available – the Retina display.  

The MacBook Pros are available immediately in the US and will ship worldwide shortly.

The 13-inch starts at $1,299 ($200 cheaper than before), with out the Touch Bar and $1,799 with it. The 15-inch will cost $2,399, Touch Bar included whether you like it or not. The question on my mind is what this will cost in Rands (praying for no new finance ministers)

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