Apple isn't one for giving anyone a heads up on when it's going to launch new products, unless there's a big stage event involved, and given there are always rumours circulating about hardware refreshes, it's hard to tell when something real will arrive. So we've all just been blindsided by the fact Apple has just unveiled a new MacBook Pro, promising it to be faster and packed with even more features than before.
As ever there are two new models that are going to hit shop shelves, a 15-inch MacBook Pro and a 13-inch model. The 15-inch is available with an 6-core 8th gen Intel i7 of i9 processor, with 2.9GHz speeds and Turbo Boost that ups that to 4.8GHz. The 13-inch comes with quad-core 8th gen i5 or i7 processor, offering speeds up to 2.7GHz and 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost. Both also offer up to 4TB and 2TB of solid state storage respectively.
According to Apple the 15-inch variant is 70 per cent faster than current MacBook Pros, while the smaller of the two is twice as fast.
Both models come with the TouchBar, in case you ever found a decent use for it, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, a True Tone Retina display, Radeon Pro graphics, a Force Touch trackpad, TouchID, stereo speakers, Apple's T2 chip, Siri voice controls, and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. There's also a revamped 'third generation' keyboard that promises to be quieter and (hopefully) not a fragile.
Judging from the imagery there are four USB-C ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack, but there's no telling how many of those ports support Thunderbolt 4. Presumably all of them, because Apple says both models can connect to up to four external GPUs, or two 5K displays.
As usual both have that same aluminium chassis other laptop makers love to try and mimic, along with an 'all day battery'. No figures come with that, so there's no telling how many hours the laptop can last in optimal conditions.
Prices start at £1,149 for the 13-inch model, £2,349 for the 15-inch, and you can order them today from the Apple website and select Apple stores.