MacBook Pro is Apple's top notebook. It offers excellent performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to spend top dollar for it. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading about the main features below.
Editor's Note: Updated 8/2/19 with a report that 5G is coming in 2020.
The latest rumors about MacBook Pro: Cellular 5G support in 2020?
DigiTimes (subscription required) reports that Apple "expected" to ship MacBook laptops with 5G mobile access later next year. The 5G report follows media rumors of a 5G-equipped iPhone coming in 2020.
For Apple to equip a 5G MacBook, the company is said to use a ceramic antenna, which is more expensive than a metal antenna but a stronger performer. Apple also needs to configure the antenna to work with MacBook's aluminum case, which acts as a shield against 5G.
Apple recently announced that it is buying Intel's smartphone modem business, but that deal does not include Intel's desktop or mobile division, so there is no connection between that deal and the DigiTimes rumor.
Rumors of a mobile-equipped MacBook have moved through the internet for a while, but Apple has not sent such a laptop. DigiTimes has a shaky reputation when it comes to the validity of the rumors it reports, so treat it with some doubt.
Processor, Memory, Graphics and SSDs
The MacBook Pro uses Intel's eighth and ninth generation Core processors. Apple also uses DDR4 RAM in the MacBook Pro. The maximum amount of RAM supported is 32 GB in 1
13-inch models have only one integrated graphics processor, either Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 or Graphics 655. 15-inch models have the integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 processor, as well as a discreet 4 GB Radeon Pro 555X or Radeon Pro 560X graphics card.
Apple is also available for the $ 2799 15-inch MacBook Pro to Vega graphics upgrade options to choose from. For an extra $ 250, you can upgrade the graphics to a Radeon Pro Vega 16, or you can spend $ 350 for a Radeon Pro Vega 20. Both options feature 4GB of HBM2 video memory.
The $ 399 15-inch model offers a Radeon Pro 555X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. You can upgrade to a Radeon Pro 560X with 4 GB GDDR5 memory for $ 100.
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 your SSD to up to 2 TB on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, or up to 4 TB on the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Pro has a touch bar, a strip located where the function keys are usually at the top of the keyboard. Touch Bar is an OLED display that illuminates with various icons, buttons and features that you can use in relation to the tasks and the app you are using on your Mac. For example, if you use messages, the touch bar will display a set of emojis and you can tap the emojis you want to use. Learn more about the types of controls Touch Bar offers.
For a better idea of how Touch Bar integrates into your daily use, read our review of MacBook Pro 2016 when Touch Bar made its debut. You can also watch the video below.
Models & Prices
Apple offers four standard 13-inch MacBook Pro configurations and two 15-inch MacBook Pros. All laptops are available in Space Gray or Silver. Here is the overview of each model. (Each model can be customized at an additional cost.)
13-inch MacBook Pro
$ 1,299: 1.4GHz four-core eight-generation Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 128GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 (integrated graphics), two Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports
$ 499: 1.4 GHz quad-core eighth generation Core i5 processor, 8 GB memory, 256 GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 (integrated graphics), two Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports
$ 1,799: 2.4 GHz four-core eight-generation Core i5 processor, 8 GB memory, 256 GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (integrated graphics), four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports
$ 1,999: 2.4GHz four-core eight-generation Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 512GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (integrated graphics), four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports
15-inch MacBook Pro
$ 3999: 2.6 GHz 6-core ninth generation Core i7 pros essor, 16 GB memory, 256G B SSD, Intel HD Graphics 630 (integrated graphics), 4 GB Radeon Pro 555X (discrete graphics), four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports
$ 2,799: 2 , 3GHz 8-core ninth generation Core i9 processor, 16GB memory, 512GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 630 (integrated graphics), 4GB Radeon Pro 560X (discrete graphics), four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports
How to Buy a MacBook Pro
You can buy a new MacBook Pro directly from Apple online. Check the Apple website for shipping dates, as laptops may not be available immediately. You can also visit an Apple store nearby.
Apple has refurbished 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 offer modest savings over new models.
Apple is testing and certifying all products in the refurbished store. The offer is limited, so Apple can run out of refurb stock and you have to check back if you missed the opportunity to buy. But when Apple receives the payment, the company guarantees the purchase.
Refurb products come with a one-year warranty.