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Entry-level MacBook Pro’s SSD can be replaced

Entry-level MacBook Pro’s SSD can be replaced

The highlight of Apple’s MacBook press event is undoubtedly the laptop’s new Touch Bar, and the abundance of Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. But not all MacBook Pros are created equal, and there is one model that at the expense of a less expensive price tag, eschews the Touch Bar. This entry-level MacBook Pro, however, might have one more advantage in addition to the larger battery. It might also be possible to more easily upgrade its SSD storage. With a bit of work, of course.

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New MacBook Pros limited to 16GB RAM, slower speeds on two Thunderbolt ports

New MacBook Pros limited to 16GB RAM, slower speeds on two Thunderbolt ports

Most are in agreement that the new MacBook Pros Apple unveiled last week are quite impressive, barring any concerns about the loss of USB ports and a future filled with dongles. However, some eagle-eyed users have noticed that the new laptops feature a maximum of 16GB of RAM, a surprise considering the price of the high-end 15-inch model, and concerning for professionals who need the all the power they can get.

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Apple implies it’s done making external monitors

Apple implies it’s done making external monitors

While expectations were high for the new MacBook Pros that were announced this week, among the other possible products that was anticipated was an update to the Thunderbolt Display, Apple's now-discontinued stand-alone monitor. There was no sign of such an Apple-branded display, but instead we were shown a new 27-inch 5K UltraFine Display from LG, co-designed by Apple to work with the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros.

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5 reasons you should care about Thunderbolt 3

5 reasons you should care about Thunderbolt 3

Big news in Apple land this week is the arrival of Thunderbolt 3 on the new MacBook Pro, but there's more reason to be interested in the high-speed, highly-flexible port than simply because you're an Apple fan. While Apple may have been first to the Thunderbolt party back in 2011, the technology itself was actually a collaboration between the Cupertino firm and Intel's, and we've seen it appear on numerous Windows computers as well as third-party accessories too. Even after five years, though, you could be excused for not realizing why Thunderbolt is such a game-changer.

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AMD details GPU power inside MacBook Pro

AMD details GPU power inside MacBook Pro

Yesterday, Apple unveiled its new trio of MacBook Pros, with AMD's Radeon Pro 400 series featuring in the more premium 15-inch models. Apple shared its own benchmarks showing how the new MacBooks have improved over previous models, but today we're getting a little more information on the power of the 400 series thanks to AMD.

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Eyes-on with the LG 5K display perfect for the new MacBook Pro

Eyes-on with the LG 5K display perfect for the new MacBook Pro

Apple may have delivered on a new MacBook Pro but desktop power-users didn't get the Apple Thunderbolt 3 Display they were hoping for at yesterday's event. Instead, we had the fruits of an unexpected collaboration with LG, in the shape of a co-created monitor that should have sufficient pixels to keep even demanding MacBook Pro owners happy. It's called the LG UltraFine 5K Display, and it looks pretty darn impressive in person.

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MacBook Pro vs Razer Blade Pro: stranger things have happened

MacBook Pro vs Razer Blade Pro: stranger things have happened

The strangest thing happened yesterday: Apple released a MacBook Pro with a feature I'd have expected from a company like Razer. While Razer just released their own Razer Blade Pro with a 17-inch display and highest-end gear inside, the MacBook Pro had a new, extra display. This display has touch capabilities working with a variety of apps, and will be ready for games (and such) soon. Does this mean that Apple is taking more chances than the proprietors of the gaming cult?

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New MacBook Pro 13 first look: Entry-level Touch Bar envy

New MacBook Pro 13 first look: Entry-level Touch Bar envy

After a long - some might say interminable - wait, Apple’s new MacBook Pro is here, and it’s proving to be controversial. Unveiled this week is the Cupertino firm’s vision of how touch and notebooks can co-exist, and it’s a very different interpretation compared to the 2-in-1’s and convertibles we’ve seen in Windows land. Not all the new MacBook Pro models are created equal, however, and it’s the new, $1,499 entry-level model which has landed first on the SlashGear test bench.

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LG UltraFine 4K, 5K monitors arrive in time for new MacBooks

LG UltraFine 4K, 5K monitors arrive in time for new MacBooks

Apple may have skipped the rumored new Thunderbolt Display, at least for now, but others more than happy to pick up where Apple left off. LG has just announced two new and large UltraFine displays that take advantage of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro’s capabilities, not to mention the hype surrounding them. The newcomers include what is touted to be the first 5K Thunderbolt 3 monitor, designed specifically with the New MacBook Pro in mind, as well as a 4K USB-C display for the New MacBook.

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Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds more ports to MacBook Pro

Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds more ports to MacBook Pro

Apple device announcements always means new accessory announcements as well, and for the new MacBook Pro, that practically boils down to one thing: Thunderbolt 3 accessories. Well, and USB-C accessories too, by extension. Joining the fray, accessory maker Belkin has unveiled its Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD, taking advantage of the four Thunderbolt 3 ports on the new MacBook Pro, offering a “true” single-cable solution and answering the biggest problem in laptops: not having enough ports to connect everything.

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Apple early-adopted itself into a dongle nightmare

Apple early-adopted itself into a dongle nightmare

Apple has a dongle problem, and it only has itself to blame. The company's new MacBook Pro line-up, with as many as four Thunderbolt 3 ports, finds itself on the cutting-edge of notebook connectivity, but it's a rare owner indeed who will be quite so modern in their digital lifestyle. Just as an ethernet adapter was par for the course with the old MacBook Pro, so even more dongles and connectors are likely to feature in the laptop bag of the typical new MacBook Pro user.

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New MacBook Pro hands-on

New MacBook Pro hands-on

Somehow both familiar and fresh, the new MacBook Pro is more than the sum of its parts: there's some witchcraft in here, too. I've spent some hands-on time with Apple's new flagship notebook, just announced at the company's Cupertino HQ in California today, and it's the upgrade many Mac users have been waiting with middling degrees of patience. More importantly, it feels like the final piece of Apple's argument against touchscreen notebooks and 2-in-1s.

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