Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple and Blackmagic Teamed Up on an External GPU for MacBook Pros

Apple and Blackmagic Teamed Up on an External GPU for MacBook Pros

In a press release today, Apple announced updates to its MacBook Pro line of notebook computers. On the other hand, the 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM. The MacBook Pro 13 gets two extra cores with Intel's Kaby Lake-R generation, so the i5 and i7 CPU's now have four cores instead of two while still supporting Hyper-Threading.

Created in partnership with film and broadcast company Blackmagic, the Blackmagic eGPU is a $699 powerhouse standalone unit that comprises an MD Radeon Pro 580 graphics card with 8GB of DDR5 RAM. The 15-inch model can be configured with up to 4 TB of SSD storage, while the 13-inch model is limited to a maximum of 2 TB. Both 13- and 15-inch machines have been updated with True Tone, the color-matching technology that Apple first introduced on the iPad and iPhone.

"The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we've ever made".

Apple will also be updating the Apple Watch, and bringing in larger displays for their smart-watches. Apple had said it was not a safety issue and had offered worldwide free replacement for such batteries.

A second-generation T2 chip is in Touch Bar, which is used for encrypted storage, secure boot, and Siri. But while the updated MacBooks have an "improved third-generation" keyboard that it promises will be quieter, the company has stayed committed to its key design.

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And it's not the only subject we're left to speculate about, either, with Kuo's report also suggesting that enhanced heart rate detection will be coming to the new Apple smartwatch.

Many Apple Mac computer users are unhappy about the lack of updates to the firm's laptop and desktop ranges over recent months. As such, we'll just have to wait and see how this new model holds up. It has 4x USB 3.0 connectors, HDMI 2.0 port and can support 5K monitors through the Thunderbolt 3 standard.

Prices here start at £1,749 and £2,349.

The list starts with three new iPhones - a 5.8-inch and a 6.5-inch OLED models, as well as a 6.1-inch LCD model.

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