15- and 13-inch MacBook Pro update promises improved speeds, better keyboards

Apple’s revamping the 15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro models. This MacBook Pro update gives the models faster processors and a slightly improved keyboard.

The laptops are being updated with 8th- and 9th- generation Intel Core processors. They ultimately bring eight cores to these models. This is the first time any MacBook Pro model features eight cores. So essentially, these models are going to be a lot faster.

“MacBook Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro,” says Apple in a press release. “ … and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever.”

What are the notable MacBook Pro changes?

15-inch model

The big change coming to the 15-inch model is its new Intel 9th Gen Core processor. The base model now starts with a 2.6GHz, 6-core i7 processor. That can be increased up to 4.5GHz. The next model has a 2.3GHz, 8-core i9 processor and can be increased to 4.8GHz.

Apple is also offering a custom configuration that gives you an even more powerful MacBook Pro. It comes with an 8-core i9 chip with a 2.4GHz base speed. That can be boosted up to 5.0GHz. This is the model Apple calls “the fastest Mac notebook ever.”

13-inch model

While the 13-inch model might not be getting Intel’s 9th Gen Core processor, it is getting the 8th Gen. It’s base model now comes with a 2.4GHz 8th Gen quad-core i5 processor that can boost to 4.1GHz.

The new top configuration sports a quad-core i7 processor and can get boosted speeds of up to 4.7GHz.

Updated keyboard

Apple is also making the computers' keyboards out of a different material to fix typing issues
Apple is also making the computers’ keyboards out of a different material to fix typing issues experienced on the MacBook Pro. Image courtesy laptopmag.com.

In addition to Apple refreshing its 15- and 13-inch models, it also says it’s updated their keyboards. The company says it’s building a part of the mechanism with a new material. The new material should reduce issues with no letter or double letters being typed.

These updates are only coming to Touch Bar models

Like the 2018 update, only the Touch Bar models of the 15- and 13-inch MacBook Pros are getting these spec boosts. That means the 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar will keep its faulty keyboard and 7th Gen Intel chips.

You can learn more about the MacBook Pro update through Apple’s press release.

Image courtesy cnet.com and laptopmag.com

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
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