Today Apple made an announcement of the surprise launch of the fastest Mac notebooks ever at the top of the line, that are new 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. The updated machines are featuring Intel’s 8th and 9th-generation processors, and the high-end models are featuring eight cores for the first time.
Two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro, according to the Apple, and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro. The updated quad-core processors are being used in these new 13-inch machines, with the 6 and 8-core options limited to the 15-inch models.
The updated MacBook Pro machines continue to feature the same design, aside from new processors. Some internal updates are present there, though, despite rumors that Apple would introduce a 16 to 16.5-inch MacBook Pro in 2019. The new machine has an updated keyboard, confirmed by the loop, though it was not mentioned in the press release. Apple says a new material is used in the new keyboard thatwill cut down on the failure problems that users have seen.
Another change in the newest MacBook Pro computers is with the keyboard. While Apple says the vast majority of its customers are happy with the keyboard, they do take customer complaints seriously, and work to fix any issues.
To address the problem, Apple said they changed the material in the keyboard’s butterfly mechanism that should substantially reduce problems that some users have seen.
What these “new materials” are in the butterfly keyboard, it was not explained by Apple. However, it has cleared that the update will significantly cut down on issues like double key presses and missed key presses.
Some existing MacBook Air MacBook Pro models that experience keyboard failures will have their keyboards replaced with the new 2019 keyboard that Apple has developed, according to The Verge. The updated 2019 keyboard will be only for MacBooks with the third-generation butterfly keyboard , which includes the 2018 MacBook Pro and the 2018 MacBook Air.
In its retail stores, Apple is speeding up keyboard repair times, and to include the 2018 MacBook Pro and 2018 MacBook Air models, it is extending its Keyboard Service Program. After the first retail sale of a Mac machine, the repair program lasts for four years. With 500 nits of brightness, P3 wide color gamut, and True Tone technology, the MacBook Pro continues to feature “the best Mac notebook display ever”. Apple’s T2 security chip, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and immersive stereo speakers like prior machines, all are present in it.
“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.”
Price is starting at $1,799 and $2,399, respectively, for the 13 and 15-inch models, the new MacBook Pro models. Today you can get the new machines through Apple’s online store and it will be available in Apple retail stores later this week. Apple has not updated the non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro machines.