Apple MacBook Pro refreshed with 8-core processors and improved keyboards
On Tuesday, Apple announced the launch of its first ever 8-core MacBook Pro laptops, offering faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors with up to double the performance speed of quad-core models. According to Apple, the new 8-core models can handle 'complex edits and filters' in Photoshop at speed up to 75% faster than the fastest quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro model.
The new 6-core and 8-core processor options are available for the 15-inch MacBook Pro; the smaller 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar refresh offers faster quad-core processors with up to a 4.7GHz Turbo Boost speed.
In providing additional examples of how the new hardware benefits users, Apple says its new 8-core MacBook Pro can handle editing up to 11 simultaneous multi-cam 4K video streams in Final Cut Pro X, compile code up to 65% faster in Xcode, and render 3D scenes at up to double the speed of the fastest quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro model.
The latest MacBook Pro laptops feature Retina displays with 500 nits brightness, P3 wide color gamut, and the maker's True Tone tech. Other laptop features include the Apple T2 Security Chip, fast SSDs, Touch ID, the Touch Bar, Thunderbolt 3, and macOS Mojave.
Though it's not mentioned in the company's official MacBook Pro refresh announcement, The Verge reports that Apple is using an updated butterfly keyboard design in the new MacBook Pro models. This updated keyboard features 'new materials' in the switch mechanism, which will hopefully prevent the same reliability issues impacting existing newer MacBook Pro laptops.
Just in case the new keyboards end up experiencing the same reliability issues, Apple has also made them eligible for repair under its new keyboard servicing program.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro models are now available with starting prices of $1,799 USD and $2,399 USD, respectively.
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