Apple to stop selling 2015 MacBook Pro with old-style keyboard, legacy ports

Apple rumoured to be releasing a linewide hardware refresh this year

In a press release today, Apple announced updates to its MacBook Pro line of notebook computers. In addition to graphics and computational acceleration, the Blackmagic eGPU is also the flawless docking hub for connecting devices such as keyboards, mice, Thunderbolt monitors, big screen HDMI televisions, high speed storage and more.

First introduced with MacBook, Apple leather sleeves are now available for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro in Saddle Brown, Midnight Blue and, for the first time, Black. The new chip, T2, which is also installed in the iMac Pro, is capable of activating Siri, a voice assistant, by saying "Hey Siri". The machines are accompanied by a new external GPU (eGPU) from Blackmagic Design, which makes hardware and software for creative professionals, to make sure they can handle GPU-intensive tasks.

Now, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the new MacBook Pros.

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.

The previous versions of the keyboard have been a pain-point for customers and Apple for their lack of reliability since the switch to the newer, thinner butterfly keys, about which there are now multiple lawsuits.

The 2015 15-inch Macbook Pro. Apple's SSDs have been among the fastest we've seen in recent years, and you can have anything from 256 GB through to a whopping 4 TB in the new MacBook Pro. Apple insists that the keyboard reliability issues only affect a tiny fraction of MacBook Pro users.

The Verge, meanwhile, notes that the new keyboard was created to be quieter, not to address complaints about reliability. This new third-generation keyboard wasn't created to solve those issues, Apple says.

The $700 Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Gaming Box comes with NVidia's GTX 1080 graphics card, which is better than the GTX 1070, and significantly better than AMD's Radeon RX580 for the same price as the Blackmagic eGPU. "The company also says its 15" wonders will all come with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory for configurations with Radeon Pro discrete graphics, up from 2 GB in lower-end discrete graphics configurations of the past. On Apple's website, the 13-inch model of the sleeve will set you back $179. Stepping up to the 2.9 GHz Core i9 is $400 or $300, respectively. All in all, maxed out, you're looking at $6,699.

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