New Blackmagic Design eGPU gives big boost to the MacBook Pro

Judy Cobb
July 13, 2018

"The T2 handles solid-state storage controller tasks and on-the-fly disk encryption, and it allows the 15" MacBook Pro to house SSDs as large as 4 TB and the 13" model to stuff in as much as 2 TB of NAND. That's one complaint with the current MacBook Pro keyboards. The 2018 MacBook Pros support up to 32GB of RAM, and they're running Intel eighth-generation Core processors. Apple cites that the 8th-generation Intel Core processor in these laptops will be "ideal for manipulating large data sets, performing complex simulations, creating multi-track audio projects or doing advanced image processing or film editing".

This all comes at a cost, however, the most notable of which is seen with a fully loaded 15-inch MacBook Pro, which now reaches well over $7,000 after taxes thanks to the $2,000 upgrade to a 4 TB SSD over the $1,200 2 TB option. Updates for Apple's other Macs, as well as iPads and iPhones are expected later in the year. It also works as a docking hub for keyboards, mice, HDMI-connected displays or storage. In the United Kingdom, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will start at £1,749 while the 15-inch is £2,349.

For users who pound their machines outdoors - typically field editors and photographers - the fragility of the MacBook Pro's butterfly mechanism made it a non-starter.

Kuo is considered by many in the tech industry to be the top analyst covering Apple, particularly with his product predictions. According to Kuo, the smaller 38mm model will jump from a 1.5-inch display to a 1.57-inch one, while the 42mm model will now feature a 1.78-inch display, rather than a 1.65-inch screen.

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It's also unclear if the new keyboard design will prove less prone to failure than the previous models.

The new notebooks also support up to 32 GB of RAM and include a True Tone display and Touch Bar.

Just when we thought the MacBook Pro was as good as it gets, Apple jumped right in and surprised as all with the new 2018 lineup that is capable of putting a lot of notebooks out there to shame. 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. Apple is never going to declare that its old keyboard design was bad; we're just going to have to wait and see if perhaps this new design turns out to be more resilient. A redesign will undoubtedly come along eventually-they always do.

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