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Apple debuts faster Macbook Pro laptops with new features aimed at professionals

Apple debuts faster Macbook Pro laptops with new features aimed at professionals

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Mark Gurman

Apple has released an upgraded MacBook Pro line that’s faster and has more features, targeting its loyal base of professional users like app developers and movie editors.

The new laptops, which come in the same 13-inch and 15-inch sizes as last year’s models, include pro-focused upgrades like additional memory and storage, the ability to compile code faster, brighter screens, and quieter keyboards that some users have often requested since the latest MacBook Pro design was announced in 2016.

Apple says the larger new MacBook Pro is as much as 70 per cent faster than the previous model, while the smaller version is up to twice as fast as its predecessor.

“The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a statement.

The new laptops have quieter keyboards that some users have often requested.

The new laptops have quieter keyboards that some users have often requested.

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The new laptops include screens with True Tone technology, which shifts colours automatically based on the surrounding physical environment.

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Apple also added an updated custom chip called the T2, which provides better security and brings the voice-controlled “Hey Siri” option to the Mac for the first time.

The Macs also include updated Intel processors.

While sales growth of iPads has slowed in recent years, the Mac line has remained fairly steady.

Apple sold 19.3 million Macs in 2017, or close to the amount the iPhone maker sold in each of the three prior years.

They come in the same 13-inch and 15-inch sizes as last year's models.

They come in the same 13-inch and 15-inch sizes as last year’s models.

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Apple was criticised by professionals for recent Mac upgrades, but it has since taken a renewed approach to professionals and has been praised for its newest announcements.

Apple held 6.9 per cent of the PC market in the first quarter of 2018, according to Gartner, trailing 21 per cent for HP, 20 per cent for Lenovo, and 16 per cent for Dell.

The updated MacBook Pros come ahead of a significant product blitz for Apple.

This northern hemisphere autumn, the Cupertino, California-based company plans to introduce three new iPhones –¬†an update to the iPhone X design, a larger iPhone model that looks like a giant iPhone X, and a low-cost model with iPhone X features like Face ID – upgraded iPad Pros with Face ID, new Apple Watches with edge-to-edge screens, and a new low-cost laptop to replace the ageing MacBook Air, Bloomberg News has reported.

They include brighter screens.

They include brighter screens.

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The smaller MacBook Pro starts at $US1799 ($1899 in Australia) and the larger model at $US2399. Both are available starting Thursday US time on the company’s website and in some Apple retail stores and authorised resellers later this week.

Apple’s shares rose 1.2 per cent to $US190.16 in New York, valuing the company at $US934.3 billion.

Pro-focused upgrades include additional memory and storage and the ability to compile code faster.

Pro-focused upgrades include additional memory and storage and the ability to compile code faster.

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