Apple has given their 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro a boost in performance with up to 9th Gen Intel Core processors and tweaks to the company’s third-gen butterfly mechanism keyboard.
“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.”
While the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can be equipped with either an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.4GHz or an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 chip at 2.8GHz with up to 16GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD. The 15-inch version is available with a 2.6GHz 6-core 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor or 2.3GHz 8-core 9th Gen Intel Core i9 chipset with up to 32GB of RAM, Radeon Pro Vega 20 GPU and 4TB SSD.
In terms of performance, Apple says you can expect 3D scene rendering up to two times faster, Xcode compiling up to 65% faster and up to 11 simultaneous Multicam streams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X on the new 15-inch MacBook Pro.
The displays on the new MacBook Pros offer 500 nits of brightness and P3 wide colour gamut and Apple’s True Tone technology. There’s also built-in Touch ID in the Touch Bar, four Thunderbolt 3 ports and Apple’s T2 Security chip.