Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Apple MacBook Pro Gets Processor, Keyboard Upgrade

Apple MacBook Pro Gets Processor, Keyboard Upgrade

Both CPUs have eight cores, up from six in the 8th-generation Core i9, which was previously the most powerful MacBook Pro processor.

Blackmagic Design has created two external GPUs (eGPUs) that work with the MacBook Pro.

In case you were wondering, a fully decked out 15-inch MacBook Pro with all the maximum possible options will set you back a cool S$9,249. These new processors, combined with powerful graphics, the brilliant and colorful Retina display, super-fast SSDs, the Apple T2 Security Chip, all-day battery life and macOS, make MacBook Pro the world's best pro notebook.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar gets updated too. The base model is powered by a 2.6GHz, 6-core Intel Core i7 processor that can turbo boost up to 4.5GHz.

The 15-inch model with 8-core processor used to cost Rs 2,24,900, which has been reduced by almost 25,000 and now starts at Rs 1,99,900 The new MacBook Pro 13 with Touch Bar and MacBook Pro 15 will be available at Apple Authorised Resellers later this week.

Apple knows that its butterfly keyboards have a problem. For Apple product enthusiasts, the announcement could be great news. Since the company first introduced the keyboard design in 2015, it has been a persistent pain for owners, who have suffered from keys that stick, repeat multiple times, or just stop working.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro are priced at ₹1,59,900 and ₹1,99,900 respectively.

Yes, these laptops are getting closer to some desktop models when it comes to performance, but there's nothing revolutionary about these new MacBook Pro models. One MacBook Pro user started a petition reporting that his display's backlight was acting up. A representative said Apple "stands behind" the keyboard, but store employees will help MacBook Pro owners with keyboard problems, even if the laptop's warranty has expired.

When will the new MacBook Pro 2019 be available? As for graphics, you get the AMD Radeon Pro 555X as a minimum but you can also opt for the more capable Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Radeon Pro Vega 20. By extending its fix program and seeking to improve the turnaround of keyboard repairs in Apple Stores, the company is seeking to reassure customers that they won't get stuck with a laptop with a bad keyboard.

The jump from 4 to 8 cores can bring up to 2x faster performance across pro apps, but your mileage may vary depending on what apps and features you use. How do you feel about Apple's updates? As for the reliability, will the fourth time be the charm?

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