At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple finally brought the seventh generation Intel Kaby Lake processors to its MacBook Pro family following a significant refresh with Touch Bar support last year. According to benchmarks, the 2017 MacBook Pro models appear to run faster than the 2016 models which are powered by the sixth generation Skylake processors.
The 2017 MacBook Pro models are up to 20 percent faster than the last year’s models. Specifically, the 2017 MacBook Pro model equipped with a 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processor offers an average single-core score of 4,632 while the multi-core score offers 15,474. By comparison, the last year’s MacBook Pro with a 6th gen Core i7 processor delivers a single-core score of 4,098 and multi-core score of 13,155.
The results show a 13 percent boost in single-core performance, while the multi-core score reports a 19.7 percent faster. According to tech analysts, the release of the 2017 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar may put an end to the last year’s models due to its same $2,799 price tag.
The 2017 MacBook Pro models follow in the footsteps of the last year’s models, as they stick with Radeon-branded GPUs. According to Apple, the 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with more powerful Radeon Pro 555 GPUwith 2GB VRAM for handling graphics tasks. Besides, all of this year’s MacBook Pro models come with new SSDs, promising to offer faster performance than those found in the previous MacBook Pro models.
Aside from new MacBook Pro models, Apple also introduced the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11 with hundreds of new features and changes including a completely redesigned Control Center, the Dock for the iPad, new Files app, much enhanced Siri and much more. Apple also unveiled a 10.5 inch iPad Pro at the event with A10X CPU, support for Apple’s Smart Keyboard accessory and more.
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