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Apple finally updated its MacBook Pros with 8th-gen processors and quieter keyboards

By David Matthews ยท 6 replies
Jul 12, 2018
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  1. Apple has faced criticism recently for its lack of processor updates on the MacBook Pro line despite most of its Windows PC competitors upgrading their respective models. The company also had to deal with keyboard reliability issues with the butterfly switches. These issues have kept many would-be Apple customers from purchasing new MacBook Pros. However, Apple is finally dealing with one of those issues with its update to the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

    While the MacBook Pros themselves haven't been redesigned, they offer more than just spec bumps. The 15-inch model gets the new 6-core, 8th generation i7 and i9 Intel chips with turbo boosts up to 4.8Ghz. The RAM can be as much as 32GB of DDR4 memory and GPUs are, of course, discrete AMD Radeon Pros with 4GB of video memory. For those who need maximum storage, the 15-inch can handle up to 4TB of storage. Pricing starts at $2,399 but can be as much as $6,699 if you fully max out.

    The 13-inch gets quad-core i5 and i7 chips that turbo up to 4.5Ghz. Those CPUs are paired with integrated Iris Plus 655 graphics. Storage can be maxed out at 2TB. Pricing starts at $1,799.

    Aside from the spec increases, the MacBook Pros also have True Tone displays, iPad technology that allows the screen to dynamically shift color temperature based on the color temperature of the room. Another feature ported from iOS includes being able to invoke the "Hey, Siri" phrase to activate Siri instead of a keyboard shortcut. The Touch Bar (which also supports True Tone) and other security features are now powered by a new "T2" chip.

    Let's talk about these keyboards. Apple says that the keyboards in this 2018 update contain "third-generation" butterfly switches. There's no indication that these were re-engineered to be more reliable but they are quieter. Apple insists that the keyboard reliability issues only affect a tiny fraction of MacBook Pro users. Also, If you're not a fan of the shallow key travel, you'll be disappointed to know that it hasn't changed.

    The new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros are available for purchase today. Unfortunately, these updates only affect the models with Touch Bars and there's no word as to if or when Apple will update the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pros.

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  2. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 670   +896

    I see Apple are still selling the Macbook Air with specs straight out of 2015 though. Comical.
  3. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 584   +299

    Honestly it's 2018 how the F#$% is there still no touch screen display?
  4. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Maniac Posts: 345   +238

    Lol screen color changes automatically based by room temperature. Nice so APPLE forces you to use their color scheme? Wouldn't that be annoying even if you can change it yourself?

    What's next icon size changes randomly?
  5. Bao Nguyen

    Bao Nguyen TS Booster Posts: 73   +43

    The TrueTone technology is actually pretty great and you can turn it off if you don't like it, or you need color accuracy. It's good to have options.
  6. Godel

    Godel TS Addict Posts: 157   +75

    I understand all the legacy ports are gone.

    Get your dongles ready.
  7. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 570   +204

    It's been rumored they will likely have a Touch Screen within a year or 2. One of the first said to have it would be the MacBook.

    Also the reason they haven't done it, well because that it would cannibalize the iPad. Not something they wanted to do but the iPad now, has done all it can.

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