Apple Announces New MacBook Pro With Improved Keyboard, 8-Core CPU

Posted on May 21, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, Mac and macOS with 34 Comments

Apple is refreshing its MacBook Pro line once again with new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro devices. The company today announced some major internal upgrades for both the devices, though there aren’t any exciting design changes.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is getting an 8-core processor. That’s a first for any MacBook, and it comes with Intel’s 9th gen 8-core i9 processor, clocked at 2.3GHz, with the ability to Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz for $2799. You can also configure the model to come with an 8-core i9 clocked at 2.4GHz and Turbo Boost at 5GHz. But for the base model which starts at $2399, Apple is selling the 15-inch model with a 9th gen 6-core i7 processor clocked at 2.6GHz, with the ability to Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz.

For the 13-inch Touch Bar model, Apple is sticking with the 8th gen processors. The base model now ships with a faster clock speed at 2.4GHz (compared to the previous 2.3GHz) for the quad-core i5 processor, and it can Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz (compared to 3.8GHz). Apple is also introducing a new quad-core i7 processor that can boost up to 4.7GHz.

Apple claims the new processors help the MacBook Pro deliver twice the performance than a previous-gen quad-core MacBook Pro and 40% more performance than a previous-gen 6-core MacBook Pro.

On the inside, Apple is also changing up the design for the butterfly keyboard. This is the fourth time Apple is tweaking the design of the infamous MacBook Pro keyboard that has been causing all sorts of trouble. Apple told The Verge that the company is now using new materials for the butterfly mechanism that should help reduce the number of double press and press misses.

But what is very interesting is the fact that Apple has no mention of the new material for the butterfly mechanism on its blog post. There is literally not a single mention of the tweaked internals of the keyboard on the press release. The company is, however, expanding its servicing program for affected butterfly keyboards to help resolve the issues with the previous (and current) generation devices.

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