Apple just revamped its 15- and 13-inch MacBook Pro models by bringing eight core processors to the notebooks for the first time ever. With twice the speed of a quad-core and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core, the latest versions of the MacBook Pro are the fastest that Apple currently has to offer.
Most notably, the 15-inch MacBook Pro will have Intel’s 9th Gen Core processors. The base will start at a 2.6GHz, 6-core i7 processor able to Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz. A step above that is the one with a 2.3GHz, 8-core i9 processor able to Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz. Finally, the “fastest Mac notebook ever” runs on an 8-core i9 chip with 2.4 GHz base speed able to boost up to 5.0GHz. Meanwhile, the 13-inch version with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.7 GHz.
Apple noted that most of the other specs for the two new MacBook Pros will remain the same (GPU, memory, design), but the biggest change apart from the processors will be the keyboard. Apple claims to be taking a three-prong approach to the keyboard dilemma by: making materials to change the MacBook Pro keyboard mechanism, covering all butterfly keyboards in the Keyboard Service program, and re-shaping the repair process in Apple Stores.
“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.”