Continuing its renewed commitment to periodically update pro Mac laptops, Apple announced on Tuesday an update to its 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro Touch Bar models ten months after the previous announcement. These updates do not alter the exterior of the MacBook Pro. It is the same basic design that was introduced in late 2016, but for the first time, it brings 9-generation Intel processors with up to eight cores to the MacBook Pro. There has also been another tweak to the controversial butterfly keyboard Apple, which was first introduced in 201
The 15-inch MacBook Pro is the model most affected by these updates. It gets 14nm "Coffee Lake Refresh" 9th-generation Intel processors with six and eight cores. This is the first time Apple has had an eight-core MacBook Pro. Here are the specifications:
- $ 2399: 2.6GHz 6-core i7 (4.5GHz Turbo Boost)
- $ 2799: 2.3GHz 8-core i9 (4.8GHz Turbo Boost)  Set up order: 2.4 GHz 8-core i9 (5 GHz Turbo Boost)
Apple says the fastest model is up to 40 percent faster than the previous generation's six-core laptop, and that users who want to upgrade from the previous one The generation of quad-core-manufactured MacBook Pros can look to double the performance of these models.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar gets less update. It still uses 8-generation Intel quad core processors, but a bit faster with improved Turbo Boost speeds to help with tasks that primarily use a processor core.
Apple says these new models also have a fourth version of butterfly keyboard design in response to customer complaints that the keyboard should end up in a sad state where key presses were ignored or doubled. While Apple can quickly say that the vast majority of MacBook Pro customers have not experienced any keyboard issues, the company continues to adapt this design. It claims that the change in these new MacBook Pro models will reduce the incidence of ignored or double characters.
Beyond that, Apple also seeks to assure its customers that they should not avoid buying a Mac laptop without fear of having keyboard issues. As reported last month, Apple is working to shorten the time it takes to repair keyboards in the Apple Store. And today it expands its keyboard service program to cover all laptops with butterfly keyboards, including not only these new MacBook Pros, but also all laptops released in 2018, including the new MacBook Air. That program is separate from the standard Apple warranty and covers keyboard repairs for four years after the first retail sale of the laptop.
It tells that Apple has chosen to make this announcement in advance of the developer conference, which will take place two weeks from now in San Jose, California. MacBook Pros are popular with Apple developers, and there is always speculation that new ones will be announced under the event's keynote, but rarely happens. This announcement reduces the expectations of this announcement, at least something.
It also attacks the validity of a report earlier this year that a new 16-inch MacBook Pro design was on its way, at least this summer. There was a lot of speculation that the new MacBook Pro would replace the current 15-inch model, but that model only received one update. That doesn't mean a new style MacBook Pro could not be in use next month or later this year, but it definitely makes it more of a scratcher.
Where Apple's keyboard design from Apple goes from here is also a question. By expanding the repair program and trying to improve the turnaround of keyboard stores in Apple Stores, the company seeks to reassure customers that they will not be stuck with a bad keyboard laptop. But the company continues to adapt its design to try to make it more reliable – an admirable attempt, but the sheer number of tweaks also sends the message that Apple has not had a handle on the basic weaknesses of the design. Whether this new tweak is the one that finally solves the problem, or if it is not really solved before this design has gone out and fades into memory, remains to be seen.
But as the owner of two 2018 MacBook Airs, I am pleased that the keyboard service program has been extended to that model as well. We haven't had any problems with the keyboard yet, but this program extension gives some assurance that it won't be a problem if we do.
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