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Renewed MacBook Pros are on sale for up to $320 off at Amazon

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The MacBook Pro's Touch Bar makes working more efficient.
The MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar makes working more efficient.

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It’s graduation season, which also means it’s new laptop season. Laptops are a staple graduation gift, especially for high school grads whose next step is college. You could drop money on a new computer from their school bookstore, or you could check out renewed MacBooks Pros that have been previously owned, but restored to work and look like new that will cost you less.

A handful of renewed 2018 13-inch MacBook Pros are on sale for 17% off at Amazon — that’s up to $320 in savings.

This model has a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology, making it easy and comfortable to view from different angles. The screen displays crisp, powerful graphics and supports millions of colors.

Amazon’s renewed products have been inspected and tested to look and work like new, and all come with a minimum 90-day supplier-backed warranty.

This model also features Touch Bar, which grants easier access to task keys and provides a more efficient experience.

This sale includes space gray and silver models, each color available in two drive size options. Pick one up for as low as $1,329.99.

Apple’s 2019 MacBook Pros have ‘improved’ keyboards that shouldn’t break

Apple says the improved keyboards in the new 2019 MacBook Pros shouldn't have the key-repeating issue many users have experienced.
Apple says the improved keyboards in the new 2019 MacBook Pros shouldn’t have the key-repeating issue many users have experienced.

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Apple just refreshed its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pros with powerful new Intel processors.

That’s cool — faster performance is always appreciated especially if you do things like video editing — but the most important change is to the controversial “butterfly” keyboards. Apple says it’s improved the keyboards so that a single-press doesn’t produce double keystrokes.

SEE ALSO: Apple 15″ MacBook Pro (2018) review: Serious power for a select few

Though Apple maintains that most MacBook Pro owners haven’t experienced any keyboard issues, it nevertheless made changes.

Apple was likely prompted by The Outline’s Casey Johnston, who was one of the first to bring widespread attention to the poorly-designed keyboards and The Wall Street Journal‘s Joanna Stern, who highlighted in a neat interactive piece how Apple’s latest laptops still have busted keys.

On the new 2019 MacBook Pros, Apple told me it changed the material within the “keyboard mechanism.” The company wouldn’t share further specifics on which exact parts were improved, so it’s likely we’ll have to wait until somebody like iFixit does a teardown

Following its release, iFixit tore down the previous MacBook Pros, revealing Apple had added a thin rubber layer underneath each key to make the keyboard quieter and potentially block dust and dirt from getting trapped inside.

Until people get their hands on the new MacBook Pros to test out, we’ll have to take Apple’s word that it’s really addressed the keyboard problems this time. 

In addition to improving the keyboard reliability on the new MacBook Pros, Apple says it’ll repair any 2018 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air experiencing keyboard problems for free even if they’re no longer covered under warranty. This is the right thing to do and could be enough of a gesture to restore trust from MacBook faithfuls who may have lost faith in the company’s commitment to quality products.

The new 2019 MacBook Pros look identical to the 2018 models.

The new 2019 MacBook Pros look identical to the 2018 models.

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As for the MacBook Pro spec updates — they’re about what you’d expect and start at the same prices as their predecessors. 

The 13-inch MacBook Pro Touch Bar starts at $1,799 and comes with faster 8th-generation Intel Core processors; the base model has a 2.4GHz quad-core Core i5 CPU with Turbo Boost speed up to 4.1GHz and the configurable model, which starts at $2,099, has a beefier 2.8GHz quad-core Core i7 CPU with Turbo Boost up to 4.7GHz. 

Apple tells me the base 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now 2.3x faster than its fastest dual-core non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro. Graphics performance from the Intel Iris Plus graphics should be comparable to the previous-gen 13-inch MacBook Pros, though.

For the 15-inch MacBook Pros, Apple’s updated them with 9th-generation Intel Core processors. The base laptop starts at $2,399 and comes with a 2.6GHz six-core Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speed up to 4.5GHz. Meanwhile, the $2,799 version has a 2.3GHz eight-core Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz. An even more loaded 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with a faster 2.4GHz eight-core Core i9 CPU with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz, but it’ll cost you, starting at $2,999. The 15-inch laptops come with Radeon Pro 555x and 560x discrete graphics, respectively.

All new MacBook Pro configurations are available immediately from Apple. The 13-inch MacBook pdaPro without Touch Bar, last updated in 2017, remains in the MacBook Pro lineup sans update.

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Select MacBook models on sale at Best Buy — save up to $250

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Get a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro during this sale.
Get a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro during this sale.

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It’s no wonder why so many people choose a MacBook for their personal laptop — Apple consistently makes high-quality products with an absurd amount of features and capabilities, and have cemented themselves as an authority in the technological zeitgeist. Just like the iPhone, AirPods, and other Apple products, you’re bound to see a MacBook wherever you go. So, why not join in on the fun?

There are a few select MacBook models on sale at Best Buy right now — some of them up to $250 off their original prices.

Whether you go with the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you’re going to be gaining an amazing computer. The Pro is the MacBook series’ most powerful achievement. Boasting a beautiful Retina display that’s practically made for photo and video editing, the MacBook Pro comes packed with a speedy 2.3-GHz processor and is perfect for running multiple programs at once — we love multitasking. On the other hand, the MacBook Air is slightly less powerful and has a shorter battery life, but really makes up for it with its larger screen, lightweight design, and even clearer Retina display. Like we said, no matter which one you choose, it’ll be the right one — a win-win scenario. 

Pick up one of these MacBook models at Best Buy and you can save up to $250

Apple could release a 31.6-inch 6K external display this year

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report about future Apple products — 9to5mac obtained the report. The company could be working on a new 31.6-inch external display with a 6K resolution that could work particularly well with the Mac Pro. New iPad and MacBook Pro models with better displays are also in the works.

Apple used to sell external displays but stopped selling the latest model in 2016. The 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display had an aluminum case and an LED-backlit LCD display. It had four times less pixels than the 27-inch 5K iMac with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. And it never made the switch to Thunderbolt 3.

When Apple told TechCrunch that it was working on a Mac Pro, the company confirmed that there would be a new external display. “We want them to know we are going to work on a display for a modular system,” Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller told Matthew Panzarino.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo’s report, the new display will come earlier rather than later. Apple plans to launch the device during the second or third quarter of this year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an announcement on June 3 at WWDC.

As for new iPad and MacBook Pro models, Ming-Chi Kuo has learned that Apple will use mini-LED technology to improve color gamut, contrast ratios, etc. They should also improve battery performance.

Those new devices with mini-LED displays will arrive on the market at the end of 2020 or at some point during the first half of 2021. It’s unclear if Apple plans to update the MacBook Pro before then.

Don’t hold your breath for that 16-inch MacBook Pro

Apple's 16-  or 16.5-inch MacBook Pro may not come until 2021.
Apple’s 16-  or 16.5-inch MacBook Pro may not come until 2021.

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Apple might not launch a 16/16.5-inch MacBook Pro for at least a year or more according to a new report from reliable leaker of Apple things, Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors). 

Same goes for a new version of the iPad, which will be 10 or 12 inches in size. But the good news is that a new, 31.6-inch 6K display from Apple is still on track to launch in the second or third quarter of this year. 

The new report is a bit hard to follow, so here’s some background. In February, Kuo said Apple would launch a completely new MacBook Pro with a display that’s 16 or 16.5 inches in size. He also said the company is working on a 31.6-inch, 6K display with a mini LED-like backlight design. Finally, he predicted the launch of new iPad Pro models, a new iPad mini, and a new, 10.2-inch iPad model — and Apple indeed launched a new, 10.5-inch iPad Air and a new iPad mini in March. All of that was supposed to happen in 2019. 

The report was notable as it pointed to Apple finally catering to the needs of professionals, many of whom pine for the discontinued 17-inch MacBook Pro, and many of whom would welcome a new, pro-grade monitor (perhaps alongside the previously announced, new Mac Pro). 

Now, in a new note that’s only been circulated in Chinese so far, Kuo revised his earlier predictions and changed some of the specs. A new, 15- to 17-inch MacBook Pro will apparently come in the first half of 2021 (ouch). A new, 10- to 12-inch iPad will come at the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021. And the 31.6-inch, 6K display is coming soon — either in Q2 or Q3 2019. 

Add to that a new report by DigiTimes, published on Tuesday, which comments on Kuo’s note but says that the 31.6-inch, 6K display is actually an iMac, which will launch in the same timeframe as Kuo predicted.

Apple rumors are murky enough even when potential mistranslation isn’t in play, but it definitely sounds like whatever these new devices may be, they aren’t coming very soon.

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