Meanwhile, the 13-inch MacBook Pro base is a much more compelling purchase, at least if you like Apple's current entry methods. There is finally a quad-core 8-generation Intel chip inside (either a 1.4 GHz Core i5 or an optional 1.7 GHz Core i7), and all models now have both the touchline and touch ID ̵
Don't expect any other overhaul, though. The Pro program still starts at $ 1,299 ($ 1,199 for students) with 8 GB of RAM, a 128 GB SSD and two Thunderbolt 3 ports ($ 1,499 with a 256 GB SSD), so you still need to pony if you need more memory and storage. Look at it this way, though: you don't have to spend nearly as much to get a quad-core Mac as you did before.