Apple’s New MacBook Pro 2018 – Overview

Apple has released its new MacBook Pro line for 2018 | the 13- and 15-inch Touch Bar versions are getting some major upgrades, making them 100 percent and 70 percent faster, respectively, compared to last year’s 13- and 15-inchers

Apple’s New MacBook Pro 2018 - Overview

Fresh out of nowhere, Apple has unveiled its 2018 MacBook Pro line, available in 13- and 15-inch versions that are, basically, upgraded versions of last year’s MacBook Pro models.

Many of us were expecting Apple to announce this refresh at the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last month, but, apparently, the tech giant wasn’t ready at the time.

By the way, this is just an upgrade for the Touch Bar versions of the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, which is kind of disappointing for fans of MacBook Pro models with just the Escape key and not the Touch Bar, as Apple chose not to refresh those.

From a design perspective, the new MacBook Pro will be no different from its predecessor, as it’s still going to have 4 Thunderbolt USB-C ports; it will retain that same slim build, with the same bezels around the screen; and it’s still going to have the Touch Bar.

Except for some changes to the screen technology, most of the changes to this year’s MacBook Pro are happening on the inside.

Both the 13-inch and the 15-inch versions are getting what Apple calls the T2 chip, which is, actually, an A10 processor baked right into the MacBook Pro.

The first version of the MacBook Pro had the T1 chip, which was, basically, an Apple Watch processor, running the Touch Bar and the Touch ID fingerprint reader for secure login.

The Apple T2 chip is a second-generation custom Mac silicon designed by Apple to make MacBook Pro even more secure.

Let’s make it clear that the T2 chip is not going to be used here for handling any sort of processing load or anything similar.

The T2’s basic purpose is to consolidate many discrete controllers, including the system management controller, audio controller, and SSD controller, into one, and will also ensure secure booting.

This will go a long way in making your logins more secure; it will prevent your webcam from getting hacked, and protect you from similar kinds of threats; plus, the T2 also brings Apple’s voice-controlled “Hey Siri” technology to the Mac for the first time.

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Both the 13- and 15-inch models are getting an upgraded keyboard, which Apple is calling the third-generation Butterfly keyboard.

What the revised Butterfly keyboard is, basically, going to do is ensure a quieter typing experience for users, as there had been multiple complaints about the noisy keys on the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro keyboards.

Both the models are finally getting the long-awaited true-tone display, which automatically changes the lighting on the screen, based on the illumination of the surrounding environment.

The biggest change to these two MacBook Pros is the processor boost inside of them, with the 13-inch version getting a four-core processor for the very first time, and it’s going to be a standard on all the 13-inchers.

The starting price of $1,799 for the 13-inch MacBook Pro will get you a configuration that includes 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD storage, with a 2.3GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor.

This version can be upgraded all the way up to a 2.7GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, with 16GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD storage, which will cost you $3,699.

However, if you’re looking for a discrete graphics card in your MacBook Pro, you are going to have to opt for the 15-inch version, as the 13-incher, unfortunately, doesn’t have it.

What it does have, in fact, is an Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM, while the 15-inch MacBook Pro is coming with the powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory, in each of the configuration it’s being offered in.

If Apple’s claims are anything to go by, the 13-inch MacBook Pro this year will be twice as fast as last year’s 13-incher, while the larger new MacBook Pro is going to be 70 percent faster than its predecessor.

Apple has increased the battery on the 15-inch model by 10 watt-hours in order to accommodate the load of a more power-hungry 32GB RAM option.

The 15-inch version of the new MacBook Pro starts at $2,399 for a configuration that includes a 2.2GHz 6-core 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo boost up to 4.1GHz

The upgrade options end at a top configuration option costing $6,699, which includes a 2.9GHz 6-core 8th-gen Intel Core i9 processor with Turbo boost up to 4.1GHz, 32GB of RAM and 4TB SSD storage.

Now, that’s a lot of money to shell out for a laptop, but most of that cost is going toward that massive solid state drive, which, for most users, is pretty much a case of overkill.

The price for a decent configuration, without the giant 4TB SSD, should fall somewhere in the vicinity of $3,000.

Now, whether you should go for the 13-inch version or the larger one depends on factors like your budget, the kind of features you’re looking to have, and how important portability is for you.

13-Inch MacBook Pro – Main Features

  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM
  • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Up to 2TB of SSD storage2
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • True Tone display technology

15-Inch MacBook Pro – Main Features

  • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory
  • Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory in every configuration
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Up to 4TB of SSD storage2
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • True Tone display technology

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