A week before the launch of WWDC, Apple introduced two upgrades for its pro-level hardware lines. Both the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the Mac Pro desktop are getting selected internal upgrades starting today.
The 16-inch model has an additional graphics configuration on the front of the notebook. Adding the AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU marks the best graphics performance for the notebook range to date and represents a 75 percent increase in speed over the next higher configuration, the Radeon Pro 5500M.
And the price is right. The 5500M with 8 GB of storage is a $ 100 premium over the base system of $ 2,799. The 5600 with 8 GB of HBM2 memory, on the other hand, costs an additional $ 700. But if you want to be at the top, you can really be at the top, right?
A fully featured model (with no additional software) costs $ 6,699. Obviously, this is a professional super high-end configuration that will be a crazy overkill for most of us. If you run a studio that does video production, 3D design or special effects and really wants to make the thing future-proof, it may be worth a look.
In terms of future security, Apple has just launched a new feature to make it easier for users to update the Mac Pro. A new SSD kit containing 1, 2, 4 and 8 TB memory modules has been developed for user installation. Instructions for upgrading the high-end tower can be found here.
The MacBook update is currently available on the Apple website. The SSD upgrade should arrive later.