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Apple refreshes MacBook lineup with Kaby Lake

by on06 June 2017

Higher clock and better GPU

At its WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC 2017), Apple announced plenty of both hardware and software updates, including the full refresh of its entire MacBook lineup.

Both the MacBook and MacBook Pro lineups have received an update to Intel's latest 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs, and although it is just a minor update from previously available sixth generation Skylake CPUs, the new CPUs will surely benefit from a higher frequency and better GPU, which offers full hardware 10-bit HEVC encode/decode.

Apple also updated storage, giving the standard Macbook a "newer generation" PCIe SSD as well as added 16GB DDR3 memory option to its 15-inch MacBook Pro. The same 15-inch MacBook Pro now also offers AMD Radeon Pro 450 and Radeon Pro 555 dGPU as an option, both based on Polaris 11 GPUs.

The standard Macbook still retained its US $1299 starting price while the Macbook Pro starts at US $1299 for the 13-inch (with 128GB SSD) while the 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at US $2399.

The MacBook Air also got a minor update, but surprisingly, still uses Intel's 5th generation Broadwell CPU. Apple replaced the 1.6GHz clocked Core i5-5250U with 1.8GHz clocked Core i5-5350U but still left the Air with 13-inch 1440x900 TN-panel screen, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe SSD storage. The price still remained at US $999.

The entire Macbook refresh lineup should be available directly from Apple this week.

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