04 July 2019
Apple has updated the MacBook Pro laptops with Intel’s latest 8th-gen and 9th-gen Core-series processors, thus bringing eight cores to the MacBook Pro for the first time. Apple claims the updated 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros now deliver two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, thus making them the fastest notebooks from Apple ever.
Apart from the new processors, Apple has revised the butterfly keyboard as well. Apple hasn’t mentioned about the updated keyboards in its newsroom blog post but several publications have confirmed it. Apple has once again tweaked things with the keyboard in an apparent effort to reduce complaints regarding failure of the typing surface. According to The WSJ report, Apple has switched the rubbery material to a new formulation and is also expanding its keyboard repair program to cover additional MacBook models - the MacBook Air and prior-generation MacBook Pro.
Aside from the new processors, the updated MacBook Pro machines have the same design. All of the new models have True Tone-ready Retina displays. The 13-inch versions ship with Intel’s Iris Plus 655 GPU, while the 15-inch models include AMD Radeon Pro 555X or 560X GPUs, with the option of Vega graphics. They continue to feature 500 nits of brightness, P3 wider color gamut. They are equipped with Apple's T2 security chip, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and immersive stereo speakers like prior notebooks.
Note that the entry-level MacBook Pros will continue to use older 7th-generation Intel Core chips.
The price of 13-inch updated MacBook Pro starts at $1,799 and the cost of 15-inch MacBook Pro begins at $2,399. The new notebooks are available today through Apple’s online store and will be coming to Apple retail stores later this week.