Apple on Thursday launched a new family of MacBook Pro laptops in several new configurations for both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Pro is the laptop that’s designed for the worker bee. With that in mind, Apple tells us that these new laptops include several features that business users should love. On top of that, the new version of the operating system — macOS Mojave, due out this fall — also has an armload of business-friendly features.
Take a look:
The new MacBook Pro models that include a Touchbar include faster Intel chips
The 15-inch models with a Touchbar have a 6-core Intel chip, and the 13-inch have a quad-core.
What that means is that these notebooks have super-fast chips that can work with larger sets of data, run things like simulations and speedily handle video and audio editing, making this laptop a true alternative to a desktop.
These chips are not as speedy as the ones that power the desktop iMac, which range from 8 cores to 18 cores, but they are still plenty powerful for most business user’s needs.
The new MacBook also includes a new, special chip known as the T2
This is a custom chip for Apple that was originally only available in the desktop iMacs. It handles several special functions including security.
Because there’s a special chip handling security, the new laptops can easily encrypt/decrypt your data.
And for the first time, MacBooks can offer “secure boot” which ensures that only the legit operating system ever boots, even if you download a virus.
There’s a new Apple Business Manager for IT departments
Last month, just ahead of releasing these new Macs, Apple launched a new Apple Business Manager, a website that helps IT teams manage fleets of corporate Apple devices.
IT pros can use this service to enroll new Apple devices, buy apps and books, and assign tasks, along with the necessary privileges, to IT administrators.