Apple unveils underwhelming MacBook Pro update

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Apple has also updated the MacBooks with its third-generation quieter keyboard, and a new Apple T2 chip for security.

Apple has refreshed the MacBook Pro line with six-core, eight generation Intel Core processors for more power and higher performance. It delivers 500 nits of brightness and support for the P3 wide color gamut.

Beloved by many, the 2015 MacBook Pro had a number of features that have since been changed or have disappeared entirely from new MacBook Pro models.

It comes with Apple's own T2 system on chip for security features, plus a True Tone Retina display that adjust the white balance based on the ambient lighting and viewing circumstances.

Apple recently registered five new models each of Macs and iPads, which was a sign that the updated devices were on their way. I wasn't able to get a side by side comparison yet, but as someone who uses a Pro with the second-gen keyboard every day, I can confirm that the improvement is immediately apparent.

Apple is claiming up to around 10 hours of battery life on the new systems.

Are you willing to spend upwards of $6600 for a top-of-the-line MacBook Pro? That's significant because for the first time the MBP 13 packs quad-core processors, doubling the number of processor cores over previous generations. This model still relies on integrated graphics and starts at $1,299, going up to $3,699 fully loaded.

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro laptops with new processors, keyboards and display technology, and hands-free Siri.

The starting price for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is $1799 (R24,000), the same as before. All of the newest MacBook Pros exclusively feature Thunderbolt 3 ports, which some will appreciate but all will scowl at when they're forced to buy multiple dongles to connect legacy accessories.

The 2018 edition of 13-inch MacBook Pro runs on a quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core processor. Designed with high-quality leather and a soft microfiber lining for extra protection, the sleeves are a flawless complement to MacBook Pro for users on the go. Stores will get them later this week.