Several of Apple's notebook MacBook Pro laptops received some updates today, as the company took Intel's latest 8th and 9th generation Core series CPUs to its 13-inch and 15-inch higher-end models. While the in-line MacBook Pros continue to use older 7-generation Intel Core chips, Apple offers for the first time an eight-core laptop, and has equipped the new machines with yet another revision of the troubled keyboard.
The New Machines begin with $ 1,799 and $ 1,999 13-inch Pros, each including a quad-core 8-generation Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz processor with a 4.1 GHz Turbo Boost mode . The more expensive model has a 512 GB SSD instead of 256 GB. The users can customize each model with a quad-core Intel Core i7 running at 2.8 GHz with a 4.7 GHz Turbo Boost model for $ 300.
All new models have True Tone-ready Retina displays. The 13-inch versions come with Intel's Iris Plus 655 GPU, while the 15-inch models include AMD Radeon Pro 555X or 560X GPUs, with Vega graphics capabilities. Each still has four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports and one Apple T2 security chip included in previous models.
In particular, Apple has again revised the butterfly keyboard found in previous MacBook Pros in an obvious effort to reduce writing errors about the writing surface. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company has replaced the rubbery material used in its third generation butterfly keyboard for a new formulation, and expands the keyboard repair program to cover more MacBook models – MacBook Air and former generation MacBook Pro.  Despite annual CPU and GPU performance enhancements, keyboard issues ranging from sticky to completely broken keys have made professional users question the MacBook Pro's long-term viability as a laptop. The company has been sued over the deficiencies, but has tried to address them with relatively small tweaks. Whether or not the new material is able to rectify the previous issues completely or simply delay their outbreak is still to be seen.
The new laptops are available from Apple's online store now with delivery later this week. They are currently not listed as available in stores, but will be displayed in the next few days.