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Apple’s MacBook Pro gets a makeover, including new Intel chips

The 13-inch and 15-inch laptops will feature eight-generation Intel chips, improved keyboards and other perks
Apple’s MacBook Pro gets a makeover, including new Intel chips
The new MacBook Pros can be configured with up to 32 GB RAM

Apple Inc’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) MacBook Pro has received a makeover, complete with new chips and an improved keyboard.

The 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros now feature Intel Corp’s (NASDAQ:INTC) new eighth-generation processors, including a six-core option on the 15-inch mode, according to a 9to5Mac report.

And MacBook Pro users will also be able to use the “Hey Siri” feature for the first time.

The tech giant’s True Tone display technology, a feature that adjusts the display’s color temperature based on the light of a user’s surrounding, has been introduced to the MacBook Pro.

A third-generation butterfly keyboard, a design with thinner keys for quieter typing, is also featured. In terms of space, the MacBook Pros can be configured with up to 32 GB RAM and up to 4 TB SSD.

READ: Apple showcases latest advances at its yearly WWDC conference for developers

Some of the new features may have had an effect on battery life so the battery capacity has increased by 7.7 watt-hours to make up for that. There is no anticipated change in battery life in the new laptops versus the previous generation.

Shares of the California-based company were up around 1% to US$189.71 in Thursday morning trading.

Baird: Intel/Apple relationship 'well alive'

Baird analysts were encouraged by Intel’s ongoing partnership with Apple. Tristan Gerra wrote in a research note Thursday that a 100% market share of the new iPhones is a possibility in the second half of the year.

“This reinforces our views the Intel/Apple relationship is well alive and could result into a foundry agreement medium term, while representing a first step toward Intel's new heterogeneous computing approach,” wrote Gerra.

READ: Analyst: Much ado about Intel losing Apple

The analyst reiterated an Outperform rating with a price target of US$64.

Shares of Intel were up nearly 2% to US$52.04 in morning trade.


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