Apple updates MacBook Pro processors and keyboard, extends Keyboard Service Program

Apple has actually upgraded the MacBook Pro designs with Touch Bar with much faster Intel Core processors and an upgraded version of its “butterfly” keyboard. The Cupertino giant claims that the 2019 MacBook Pro laptops provide two times faster performance over the existing quad-core processors-powered models and 40 percent more power than the hexa-core processor models. The 15-inch MacBook Pro gets an alternative of new octa-core Intel chips that is promoted to make the new MacBook Pro models the “fastest Mac note pad ever”. In addition, Apple told select media outlets, the well-known “butterfly” system that has been an issue for a large number of MacBook users has actually been tweaked specifically in the 2019 MacBook Pro models to ensure long-lasting dependability.

In the new Apple MacBook Pro variety, the most powerful choice is the 15-inch design that comes with ninth-generation Intel Core processors. The top-end version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro is powered by an octa-core Intel Core i9 processor at a clock speed of 2.3 GHz with Turbo Boost speed up to 4.8 GHz. Nevertheless, the 15-inch range also has the base model that starts with an hexa-core Intel Core i7 processor at 2.6 GHz clock speed, Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz. The base design features 256GB of SSD storage, while the top-end variation features 512GB of SSD storage. Both designs load 16GB of RAM.

Though Apple has actually constantly made custom-made setups for its machines available via select sellers, for the very first time these find a popular put on Apple’s site, with the company saying “additional configurations readily available” via the “nearest reseller”:

To recall, the 15-inch MacBook Pro in 2015 had the most effective option carrying eighth-generation, hexa-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors with a maximum clock speed of approximately 2.9 GHz. This recommends considerable efficiency upgrades in the brand-new 15-inch MacBook Pro designs.

Alongside the brand-new 15-inch MacBook Pros, Apple has brought some major processor-centric modifications to the 13-inch MacBook Pro models that come with a Touch Bar. The base variation in the new lineup has an eighth-generation, quad-core Intel Core i5 processor at 2.4 GHz, with Turbo Boost speed up to 4.1 GHz.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro in 2015 featured approximately eighth-generation, quad-core Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors with as much as 2.7 GHz clock speed. Furthermore, the base variation of the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar had dual-core processors.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is the model most affected by these updates. It gains 14nm “Coffee Lake Refresh” 9th-generation Intel processors with six and 8 cores. This is the first time Apple’s had an eight-core MacBook Pro. Here are the specs:

  • $2399: 2.6 GHz 6-core i7 (4.5 GHz Turbo Boost)
  • $2799: 2.3 GHz 8-core i9 (4.8 GHz Turbo Boost)
  • Configure-to-order option: 2.4 GHz 8-core i9 (5 GHz Turbo Boost)

Keyboard enhancements
In addition to the notable changes on the processor side, Apple has actually supplied an enhanced keyboard on the 2019 MacBook Pro designs. According to multiple reports, the business has confirmed that the keyboard on the brand-new MacBook Pro lineup utilizes a new product to significantly lower the concerns dealt with by users in the past.

Nevertheless, Apple hasn’t defined how the brand-new product is different from the existing one. The press release revealing the brand-new MacBook Pro lineup likewise doesn’t include any details relating to the keyboard enhancement. The company has actually extended its Keyboard Service Program to include the 2018 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models in addition to the brand-new MacBook models.

In terms of similarities with the existing models, the 2019 MacBook Pro range has kept the Retina display screen with True Tone technology that is claimed to deliver 500 nits of peak brightness and support for the P3 broad colour range. There is also the Apple T2 security chip along with Touch ID assistance and ‘Hey Siri’ hotword option to trigger Siri. Moreover, the new machines run macOS Mojave out-of-the-box.

It deserves pointing out here that the latest development is restricted to the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. This suggests there aren’t any changes for the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro that doesn’t included Touch Bar.

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