Apple starts selling exclusive Blackmagic eGPU to boost MacBook Pro performance

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One of the loudest criticisms of the previous-generation model was that, as rival Windows laptops got more and more potent, Apple wasn't updating its chips.

Apple is boasting that this boost will make the 15-inch model up to 70 percent faster with the 13-inch model getting two times faster performance. Chief among those features is the updated eighth-generation Intel Core processor inside the machines.

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. Instantly, Apple has checked off two of the biggest requests from would-be MacBook Pro buyers.

There are easily-spotted differences between the new and old design, giving hope that Apple has ironed out the reliability problems.

Get desktop-class graphics performance on your MacBook Pro with the Blackmagic eGPU.

Moving onto the memory, Apple is finally offering an upgrade to 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM as well as up to 4TB of PCIe NVMe SSD.

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Apple has partnered with Black Magic Design on a new eGPU enclosure that has been created to work with all Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBook models, including its new MacBook Pro range. Going by the boost speeds the company cites for its CPU choices, Apple will offer the Core i9-8950HK as a top-end option for demanding pros in this notebook.

The new processors and other goodies don't occasion an increase in the base prices for either size of MacBook Pro.

The "butterfly" keyboard in MacBook Pro models since 2016 have sparked a well-publicized recall petition and multiple lawsuits. Apple's Macbook Pro keyboard design has been under fire recently for its rate of failure and high cost to replace. The T2 chip also enables users to interact with Apple's virtual assistant using the wakeword "Hey Siri", similar to iPhones. Last month Apple acknowledged that a "small percentage" of the keyboards on its MacBook and MacBook Pro models may exhibit "sticky" keys and key strike failures.

The MacBook Pro's Retina display features 500 nits of brightness, support for P3 wide colour gamut, now also has True Tone display, making it the best display on a Mac.

Doubling the memory to 32 GB is $400, while adding the Radeon Pro 560X GPU to the entry-level 15-inch is another $100. A max spec version for each would bring a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 2TB of storage for $3,699.