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MacBook Pro (2018) vs MacBook Pro (2017): How they differ?

01 August 2018 5

If you are an Apple fan, you are most likely well aware of the fact that Apple recently upgraded their MacBook Pros with the latest hardware. Apple revamped the internals of MacBook Pro 2018 devices with the latest hardware, however, the design remains the same as the predecessor.

Though many are aware of the upgrades to the MacBook Pros many are still not aware of which variants are upgraded by Apple. Apple only updated the premium variants of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar whereas the variant without Bar didn't receive any hardware upgrade. For sure disappoint for many MacBook 13-inches variant without Touch Bar owners who were waiting for the hardware upgrade.

So all changes are for the higher models only. Like always we put the latest devices in comparisons with other devices in the niche as well as with the predecessor. Today we will put the latest MacBook Pro 2018 against the predecessor to know in details what kind of changes new variant is bringing over the predecessor because Apple didn't hold a special event to announce new variants. This indicates the changes are not huge. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices.


Back in 2016, Apple holds a special event to unveil the MacBook Pros with an updated design. Since then the company didn't bring any design change in external design. The base variant has 13-inches display, its dimensions are 304.1 x 212.4 x 14.9mm and weigh 1.37kg. The larger sibling is taller, wider and thicker at 349.3 x 240.7 x 15.5mm and also significantly heavier at 1.83kg. The latest variant also has similar dimensions and weight, so no change at all.

The Touch Bar and Touch ID also remain the same, however, the first prominent change is in the mechanism of the Keyboard. The 2017 MacBook Pros features butterfly mechanism, however, it didn't go well at all that's why this year once again Apple changed the mechanism to make sure the keys are quieter and also handling is improved.

So most likely the latest lineup will resolve all the ongoing issues related to the 2017 variants keyboard. For connectivity both the machines have Thunderbolt 3 ports and also the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. In terms of looks, both the devices aren't different from each other.


Despite the fact, the latest MacBook Pros didn't bring any change in the design department but the company slightly upgraded the display panels. The base 13-inches model display screen resolution is 1600 x 2560 pixels with a pixels density of 227 pixels-per-inch. It has a same resolution as the 2017 model.

On the other hand, the 15-inches variant comes with a higher screen resolution of 1800 x 2880 pixels. Due to the larger display screen, its pixels density is slightly lower at 220 pixels-per-inch. Once again the resolution isn't different from the predecessor. Apple retaining the same display and resolution since 2015, so it's not surprising at all.

This year Apple brought True Tone tech for the latest MacBook Pros which wasn't available for the predecessor. A couple of years ago Apple introduced True Tone tech with the iPad Pro, it was well appreciated that's why Apple introduced it in iPhones last year and now the latest MacBook Pros with Touch Bar also have this tech.

Those who are unaware of the devices with True tone tech automatically adjust white balance considering the ambient lighting temperature. Apple claims the MacBook Pro 2018 models have the so far the best display on any MacBook Pro. The inclusion of True Tone certainly will enhance the overall UI experience.


As mentioned above the biggest upgrades are under the hood. Both the latest MacBook Pros are powered up by the Intel's latest 8th gen Coffe Lake processors which is an upgrade from the 7th gen chipsets from Intel.

According to Apple, the latest 13-inches variant chipsets are twice faster than the predecessor whereas the 15-inches variant is available in two configurations i7 and I9 with a boost up to 70%. However, these claims are dependable on what you do on your laptop. The new machines for sure will perform better in multi-tasking as well as in handling apps like Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and much more.

The top of the line 13-inches model has 16GB DDR4 RAM and 2TB SSD storage whereas the top of the line model of 15-inches variant has 32GB DDR4 RAM and 4TB SSD storage. The base variant of 13-inches model has 128GB storage whereas the 15-inches variant has 256GB storage. If you increase native SSD storage, it costs you way higher than external SSD storage which you can connect using Thunderbolt 3 port.

Apple not only upgraded the SoCs but also the GPUs as well. Being the standard variant the 13-inches model has only Intel Iris Plus 655 on board as GPU whereas the 15-inches variant comes with two Radeon Pro GPUs option. Natively the device comes with the Radeon Pro 555X whereas you can also upgrade to the Radeon Pro 560X as well. Apple introduced T2 chip for iMac Pro dedicated to enhancing security, now it is available on new MacBook Pros as well.


As far as pricing is a concern, the base variant price tag remains the same as the predecessor. The 13-inches MacBook Pro is available at a price tag at £1,749. The 15-inches variant is available in two configurations, the i7 model can be purchased at £2,349. The Core i9 model starts at a price tag of £2,969. There is a number of variants with different configurations. For instance, if you want to add 4TB SSD storage, you will have pay £2,880 more.


The latest 2018 MacBook Pros are powered up by the Intel's latest 8th gen hardware straight out the box to maintain their Proposition on the basis of performance. Mostly upgrades are meant to facilitate those users who want a powerhouse to handle tasks which require huge resources for development and creativity.

The good thing is upgraded variants of 2018 MacBooks are not only available from third-party resellers but also the Cupertino giant is offering updated variants directly as well. In short, the latest 2018 MacBook Pros are bringing True Tone display, new improved keyboard, T2 chip dedicated to enhancing security and latest hardware upgrade. All these goodies come at a hefty price tag or you can opt MacBook Air/ MacBook Pro without touch bar as a cheaper replacement.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding the MacBook Pro 2018 vs MacBook Pro 2017. Stay tuned for more comparisons.



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