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Apple's MacBook Pro gets an early upgradeYou get newer CPUs and faster graphics, but the new lower starting price on the base 13-inch model is the biggest upgrade of all.
[MUSIC] Apple's MacBook Pro line got a big update just last year, near the end of 2016. It's just a big more than six months later and the MacBook Pro is already getting a little extra polish in the form of newer processors, faster components, and new graphics card options. The biggest on paper change for the Pro Series is the jump to current Gen Intel Core I Series CPUs, the seventh generation of those chips. Of course, Intel is already starting to talk about eighth gen core chips, so you can never really win with that. More interesting however is the faster SSD options and the faster graphic options including the [UNKNOWN] graphics in the higher end 15 inch version of the Macbook Pro which starts 2399. And now comes with. With newer AMD Radeon Pro 555 or 560 GPUs from video editing and 4K and beyond or advance 3D rendering. Both the 13 inch and 15 inch models still have the OLED touch bar that extend over the top of the keyboard replacing the old function key row. It works the same allowing for fingerprint login, instant access to volume and brightness controls. The Mac OS version of Siri, and special touch features in different software apps, like jumping between browser tabs in Safari. Later this year, these systems will get even more new features with the next version of the Mac OS operating system, called High Sierra. No, really. Things I'm excited about there include autoplay video blocking, the new file system, and support for VR hardware. But that's in the future. For now, you can get the new hardware right away. And even better, there's now a new version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the special touch bar that's getting a price cut to a more reasonable $1299. Still not MacBook Air territory, but getting closer. [MUSIC]