Apple has released a new graphics option for the 16in version of its MacBook Pro which should deliver a dramatic increase in speed when dealing with large files. The AMD Radeon Pro 5600M is said to be a desktop-class GPU that comes with 8GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) that Apple claims will make the top-spec machine 75% faster than the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M standard option. The upgrade adds $700 / £700 to the cost.

The standard 16in MacBook Pro model comes with 1TB of SSD storage, but options of up to 8TB are available for an extra £2200/ which, along with all the other upgrades - 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory and the 2.4GHz i9 processor with Turbo Boost to 5GHz - can take the price of the machine to a cool $6699 / £6699.

Mac Pro desktop users can also now buy user-changeable SSD kits for their Tower models, with 1TB, 2TGB, 4TB and 8TB options available. The kits come with two sticks each of half the total of the capacity and are designed to replace the existing storage in the machine. In order to replace them, Apple says a second Mac running Apple Configurator 2 is required. Prices for the SSD kits range from $600 / £600 for 1TB to $2800 / £2800 for 8TB.

For more information see the Apple website.