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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34 responses to “Apple Announces New MacBook Pro With Improved Keyboard, 8-Core CPU”

  1. bob_shutts

    Don't worry about what the "new" keyboard material is. iFixit will be on the case. (No pun intended.)

  2. Kevin Costa

    I can feel the throttling... 5Ghz i9 in a thin metal chassis... (Arrogant) Apple never learns from its mistakes. Classic!

  3. codymesh

    are we referring to spec bumps of the same laptop as "new" now?

  4. brettscoast

    Thanks for the heads up Mehedi welcome back we have missed your posts

  5. Saarek

    I note that they are still selling the 2017 Non Touch Bar version at full price. As someone who has this model, and has already had their keyboard replaced twice, I feel that this is an absolute disgrace, they know full well that the design is flawed and yet they keep selling it!

    The non Touch Bar models either need to be replaced with updated internals and the improved keyboard or removed from sale.

  6. dcdevito

    I hear a lot of commenters mention how much cheaper a Windows machine is, and that’s certainly true. But for a certain segment, a la Developers, the real competition for Macs is Linux. I see a lot of devs move in to Linux from macOS and consider it “good enough”. Any recent Lenovo Thinkpad makes a great Linux machine.

    • wright_is

      In reply to dcdevito:

      ThinkPads have long been a good option for Linux developers. We were using them in 2008.

      It also depends on what you are developing. I do a lot of Windows development and web development on the side, so Windows makes more sense for me. But, apart from VS, most of the good IDEs these days are cross platform - VSCode, Eclipse etc.

    • anderb

      In reply to dcdevito:

      Yep. The addition of a real Linux kernel to W10 is an admission from MS that the original WSL implementation couldn't handle real-world development workloads.

  7. chaad_losan

    Still super over priced.

  8. djross95

    Hubris x 1000. A few tweaks to keep the prols happy, no explanation or apology at all in their blog post, same too-thin thermal-throttled design, same useless touch bar, everything soldered on the motherboard, and ridiculously high prices. Who, aside from content creation professionals, would buy one of these things?

    • Kevin Costa

      In reply to djross95:

      Even content creation pros won't need this. With half the money they can build a monster PC that slashes any MacBook in half, even in rendering times, and even more considering that the MBP will have a difficult time keeping temps down.

  9. dontbe evil

    LOOOOL of course you have to spend at least $2400 to buy the new device with a fixed keyboard, like when it fixed the iphone 4 antenna problem in the 4s, or 6 bend problem in the 6s, or the ipad 3 (?) charging problem in the ipad 4 (?)...

    • lvthunder

      In reply to dontbe_evil:

      Read the last sentence again.

       The company is, however, expanding its servicing program for affected butterfly keyboards to help resolve the issues with the previous (and current) generation devices.

      • warren

        In reply to lvthunder:

        But are they going to replace the keyboard with another one that will break again? Or will everyone get a free upgrade to the new keyboard?

        And how long are they going to run the recall program for? 8+ years? There are still a bunch of people out there rocking 2011/2012 Macbooks.

        Of course, those 2011 MBPs had the AMD GPUs that failed, and the repair program never actually permanently fixed the problem.... and some people had to get the GPU fixed multiple times. How about we ask -them- what they think of how excited they are at the prospect of another multi-year, multi-failure problem with their expensive laptop.

  10. red.radar

    I am suspicious that you really will ever see the benefit of 5Gz. I bet it thermal throttles too quickly to make the high clock rates useful.

    Interested to see how it performs in the hands of benchmark testers

  11. Stooks

    So what will throttle it first, more powerful CPU in the same super thin form factor or Intel CPU flaw?

  12. melinau

    Same old, same old from Apple. Time for them to "Think different", perhaps?

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