Apple releases New 16-inch MacBook Pro GPU, Apple Card 0% financing, Mac Pro SSD upgrade kit

The news: Apple just updated their online store with a higher-end GPU for 16-inch MacBook Pro, 0% financing for more products with Apple Card and a SSD upgrade kit for Mac Pro.

  • The 16-inch MacBook Pro has gained the AMD Radeon Pro 5600M with 8GB of HBM2 memory
    • “75 percent faster performance than the 5500M when configured with 4GB of GDDR6,” per The Verge
  • Mac Pro SSD upgrade kits configured up to 8TB will be available later today
  • Apple Card 0% financing (6 or 12-month, depending on which product) is now available

Our take: With a big WWDC planned for a week from now, Apple likely wanted to push some smaller updates out prior to the fanfare. That being said, the GPU update on MacBook Pro seems significant, and I look forward to seeing how close to 75% faster it actually is.

Apple Card expanding interest-free payments to iPad, Mac and more soon

The news: Apple is expanding interest-free payments to more products “in the coming weeks,” according to Mark Gurman.

  • iPads, Macs, Apple Pencil, iPad keyboards and Pro Display XDR get 12 months of interest-free financing
  • AirPods, Apple TV and HomePod gets 6 months of interest-free financing
  • iPhone retains 24-months with no interest

Our take: Interest-free payments are absolutely something I’ll be taking advantage of in the future, but I think the real kicker for the Apple Card could be more exclusive cash back deals.