Today, Apple launched two new versions of the 15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The 15-inch model comes with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors. This is the first time eight cores have been used in the MacBook Pro.
The smaller version with touch bar is upgraded with Intel’s quad-core 8-generation chip. According to Apple, the new eight cores processor is capable of delivering faster performance twice than a quad-core MacBook Pro, while the six-core variants can deliver up to 40% more performance.
“Whether it’s college students mastering a course of study, developers building world-class apps or video editors creating feature films, we’re constantly amazed at what our customers do with their MacBook Pro,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product Marketing. “Now with 8-core processors for an incredible performance boost, along with its stunning Retina display, fast storage, all-day battery life and running macOS, MacBook Pro continues to be the world’s best pro notebook and we can’t wait to get it into our customer’s hands to see what they do next.”
The most radical change in the 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro with TouchBar is that it now has a quad-core processor 2.4 GHz (turbo boost up to 4.7 GHz) instead of the old dual-core chip.
In relation to the keyboard, Apple made three important announcements.
- The keyboard mechanism of MacBook Pros has changed. Apple warrants that the new version will substantially reduce the problem with hooked keys or repetitions.
- To reassure customers, new machines are also included in the program for keyboard repairs, ie repairs can be done for free at the keyboard even out of warranty.
- The repair time for MacBook Pro keyboards has been significantly reduced, so customers will have their products returned much faster than before.