Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple MacBook Pro Gets Processor, Keyboard Upgrade

Apple MacBook Pro Gets Processor, Keyboard Upgrade

It insists that the defect is only present in "a very small percentage of 13-inch MacBook Pro displays". This means it will be the first time a MacBook Pro will be powered by an octa-core or eight-core processor.

The machines feature the same display, speakers, T2 security chip, Touch Bar, Force Touch trackpad and Thunderbolt 3 ports as their predecessors. There was a lot of speculation that the new MacBook Pro would replace the current 15-inch model, but that model just received an update. Now, coinciding with the release of Apple's first MacBookPro with an 8-core processor, it's expanding its keyboard fix program substantially, reports the Wall Street Journal. The base model Touch Bar 13-inch laptop now has a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 with a maximum Turbo Boost speed of 4.1GHz, and a new 2.8GHz Core i7 is available as an option.

Apple introduced 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processor to its 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The only non-computing change coming to the MacBook Pro pertains to the keyboard, a beleaguered design with extremely shallow butterfly key switches that resulted in numerous complaints and a lawsuit. The company has changed the material used in the butterfly mechanism, hopefully (though let's cross our fingers on that one) eliminating some of the problems seen in the previous generations of this keyboard.

Apple has unveiled new 2019 MacBook Pro models with faster processors and updated keyboards in a surprise announcement on Tuesday.

Yes, these laptops are getting closer to some desktop models when it comes to performance, but there's nothing revolutionary about these new MacBook Pro models.

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Apple just refreshed its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pros with powerful new Intel processors. That membrane may have helped in some cases, but certainly didn't solve all the problems (Reddit user cil3x tore down a MacBook Pro and proved that dust wasn't the real problem). The new starting option for the 15-inch is a Core i7 CPU with a base clock speed of 2.6GHz and a maximum boost clock speed of 4.5GHz.

The upper-tier $1999 13-inch model and the $2799 15-inch model come with 512 GB of SSD storage, which can be upgraded to 1 TB for $400 or 2 TB for $1000.

Apart from performance bumps they use the same GPUs and integrated graphics options, and have the same design.

The computers are available starting today from Apple's online store. Apple will now fix that problem for free on eligible laptops.

The big question is if Apple has finally fixed the butterfly keyboard's inadequacies.

Are you particularly excited about the new MacBook Pro 2019?

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