MacBook Pro is Apple's top-the-line laptop. It provides top performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to use top dollars for it.
The current version of the MacBook Pro was released in July 2018. The new laptops have the same design as the previous version, but laptops have new processors that provide a speed boost. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading the main features below.
Latest MacBook Pro News: New Graphics Now Available
Apple now has available for $ 2,799 1
The Vega upgrade is only available in $ 2,799 15-inch MacBook Pro. The $ 2,399 15-inch model continues to offer a Radeon Pro 555X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory as the storage configuration. You can upgrade to a Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB GDDR5 memory for $ 100. The 13-inch MacBook Pro uses integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics.
The Vega upgrades were revealed in the press release of the new MacBook Air. Apple says the new options are "up to 60 percent faster" for demanding video and graphics.
Processor, Memory, Graphics, and SSDs
The MacBook Pro touch panel uses Intel's Coffee Lake processors. Coffee Lake is Intel's eighth generation processor, replacing the seventh generation of Kaby Lake processors that were in the previous MacBook Pro.
In addition to new processors, Apple now uses DDR4 RAM in MacBook Pro, which is faster than DDR3 RAM in older laptops. The maximum number of RAM-supported jumps up to 32 GB in the 15-inch model, twice as much as the predecessor. 16GB is the style max in the 13-inch laptop.
Apple has also upgraded MacBook Pros graphics hardware. The 13-inch standard configuration models only have an integrated graphics processor, either Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 or Graphics 655.
The 15-inch models feature the same integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 processor as the 2017 models. They also have stronger discreet graphics: either a 4GB Radeon Pro 555X or a 4GB Radeon Pro 560X.
The solid state drives (SSDs) range from 128 GB to 512 GB in the standard configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. In the 15-inch models, you start with either 256 GB or 512 GB. You can upgrade the SSD to up to 2TB on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, or up to 4TB on the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple has six default configurations of MacBook Pro. Four of these models have Touch Bar, a strip that is located where the function keys usually lie on the top of the keyboard. The touch bar is an OLED display that illuminates with different icons, buttons, and features that you can use in relation to the tasks and the app you use on your Mac. For example, if you use Notifications, the touch bar will show a set of emoji and you can tap emoji you want to use. Learn more about the types of controls the touch panel offers.
For a better idea of how Touch Bar integrates into your daily use, read our review of the 2016 MacBook Pro when the Touch Bar made the debut. You can also watch the video below.
If you do not want Touch Bar, you have to pay for Apple's $ 1,299 and $ 1,499 13-inch MacBook Pro models. Both of these notebooks have a 2.3 GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, the slowest in the setup.
Models and Prices
Apple offers four standard configurations of 13-inch MacBook Pro, and two of the 15-inch Macbook Pro. All laptops are available in Space Gray or Silver. Here is the impact of each model. (Each model can be customized at an additional cost.)
13-inch MacBook Pro
$ 1,299: 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 128GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 integrated graphics), Two Thunderbolt 3 / USB C ports, No TouchBar
$ 1,499: 2.3GHz dual core Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640), Two Thunderbolt 3 / USB C ports, No TouchBar
$ 1,799: 2.3GHz Quad-core Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (Integrated Graphics) Fire Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C Ports, TouchBar Included
$ 1,999: 2.3GHz Quad-core Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 512GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (integrated graphics), four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports, TouchBar included
15-inch MacBook Pro
$ 2,399: 2.2GHz 6-core Core i7- processor, 16GB memory, 256GB SSD, Intel HD Gr aphics 63 0 (integrated graphics), 2GB Radeon Pro 555X (discreet graphics), four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports, TouchBar included
$ 2,799: 2.6GHz 6-core Core i7- processor, 16GB memory, 512GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 630 (integrated graphics), 4GB Radeon Pro 560X (discreet graphics), four Thunderbolt 3 / USB C ports, TouchBar included
How to buy a MacBook Pro
You can purchase a new MacBook Pro directly from Apple online. Check the Apple site for delivery dates, since laptops may not be available immediately. You can also visit an Apple Store near you.
Apple has refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pro models available in the company's Refurbished and Clearance Store. Scroll to the bottom of the list to find the 2017 models. Refurbs offers modest savings over new models.
Apple tests and certifies all products in the refurbished store. The supply is limited, so Apple may run out of refurb stock, and you must check back if you missed the opportunity to buy.
Refurb products come with one year warranty.