MacBook Pro Midsummer Update Doesn't Address Bigger Problems
Apple is launching their familiar looking MacBook Pros with a new processor, quieter keyboard, true tone display, and a host of new configuration options.
The two models - the most expensive 13- and 15-inch touch bar equipped MacBooks - will finally pack a processor worth talking about as they upgrade to eight-gen Intel processors. The 15-inch Pro ditches the dated quad-core to a current-gen six-core Core i7 or i9. The 13-inch Pro also moves from the dual-core to quad-core i5 and i7 chipsets. Ram options have been doubled from 16GB to 32GB to the delight of video editing professionals, as well as an upgrade from DDR3 to DDR4. That, of course, means that the battery will be more significant to handle the more demanding chipset. Featured recently on iPhones and iPad Pros, True Tone will make its way to the new MacBooks, adjusting the color temperature of the screen to match the viewing environment.
One of the bigger problems that MacBook Pro users found was their butterfly keyboard was too loud. Apple has addressed this with a tweaked version that is simply quieter. Apple has confirmed that it's not a new switch or clever engineering that will make its way to new keyboards, which is becoming an expensive problem for consumers who are looking to repair the otherwise finicky keyboards. Coupled with Apple's strict policy against repairing their equipment with a third party, it is easy to see why they are actively involved with multiple lawsuits regarding the defects in the keyboard.