Well, you can't knock Apple at the moment when it comes to upgrading the hardware. Hot on the heels of the 8 core MacBook Pro is an update to the MacBook Air and 13 inch entry level MacBook Pro.

Another hardware update from Apple, not that we are complaining, maybe their focus is turning slightly away from the iOS devices.

Today Apple has announced an update to the MacBook Air and 13 inch MacBook Pro. There's lower prices too on both models and savings for qualifying students.

The MacBook Air has now got True Tone with its 2560x1600 Retina display for a more natural viewing experience. The other specifications are still the same from the third generation MacBook Air that was launched in October 2018.

Available in three colours (Gold, Space Grey and Silver) the MacBook Air has a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 4MB L3 cache. SSD memory is configurable up to 1TB.

The machine has an Intel UHD Graphics 617 GPU and the 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports will support an external graphics processor (eGPU). 

Prices start at $1,099.00.

The entry level 13 inch MacBook Pro also gets an update with the latest quad-core processors for up to two times faster performance.

It also features the Touch Bar and Touch ID. The base model comes with 128GB of SSD, 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory and the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 GPU. You now cannot buy a MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar.

The two Thunderbolt 3 ports can support one 5K display or 2 4K displays. Although it doesn't mention it on the website for the base model, we also expect the machine to support an external eGPU. The Blackmagic eGPU can increase render times by up to 3.2 times for the 13 inch MBP!

Prices start at $1,299.00

It will be interesting to see how these machines run with Final Cut Pro X. We have had surprisingly mixed results from recent MBP tests, so it would be good to get some accurate numbers on their FCPX performance.




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