Apple has launched its much rumoured updates to the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro, featuring more powerful microprocessors, more memory and more storage - and high prices.
The new laptops feature six-core Intel Core i5, i7 or i9 Coffee Lake CPUs.
The cheapest of the new MacBook Pros starts at £1,749 and offers a Core i5-8295U Coffee Lake CPU running at a standard clock speed of 2.3GHz, but capable of cranking up to 3.8GHz, if necessary. Or, for an extra £270, the Intel Core i7-8559U, which runs at a standard 2.7GHz, turboing up to 4.5GHz.
The base configuration also offers 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory, and 256GB of SSD storage, but four Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Upgrades include 16GB for a mere £180 (around twice the current list price of standard laptop DDR4 memory) - but not 32GB. For that amount of memory, you'll need to buy the 15-inch model.
Oh, and RAM remains at 16GB because there is no 13" 32GB model.— Arrigo Triulzi (@cynicalsecurity) July 13, 2018
If 256GB isn't enough, an extra £200 will purchase 512GB of SSD storage which, again, is pretty much double the standard going rate for SSD storage. One terabyte will cost an extra £600 (against around £180 for a 1TB Crucial MX500) and 2TB will cost an extra £1,400 (compared to around £390 for a 2TB Crucial MX500).
Despite the high prices, the 13-inch MacBook Pro only offers Intel's integrated Iris Plus Graphics 655, which will require a chunk of main system memory.
If those prices didn't make your eyes water, then there's always the 15-inch model, which starts at a mere £2,349. In addition to the crucial extra two-inches of screen real estate, it also comes equipped with 16GB of 2400MHz of DDR4 memory as standard, the Intel Core i7-8750H and a not entirely generous 256GB of SSD storage.
The Core i7-8750H Coffee Lake CPU runs at a standard 2.2GHz, boosting up to 4.1GHz. Instead of Intel Iris Graphics, it comes with an AMD Radeon Pro 555X GPU with 4GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. In terms of performance, the Radeon Pro 555X graphics comes in just under the Radeon RX550 - a £100 graphics card on standard PCs.
The pricier, £2,699 model packs a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-8850H, which can boost to 4.3GHz. Upgrades include 32GB of 2400MHz DDR for an extra £360, Radeon Pro 560X integrated graphics for £90 and various storage upgrades, all the way up to 4TB for £3,060. That's right: just over three thousand pounds, compared to a basic price of £999 for this.
Both the 15-inch models also offer a CPU upgrade to the Intel Core i9-8950HK, which runs at a standard 2.9GHz or 4.8GHz turbo.
For buyers for whom money is literally no object, it's possible to lash out £6,209 for the 15-inch model with all the trimmings.
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