MacBook Pro is Apple's top line laptop. It provides top quality performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to spend the top dollar on 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 boost. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading the main features below.
Editor's note: Updated 18.02.19 with speculation by analyst Ming Chi-Kuo.
The latest rumors about the MacBook Pro: New 16-inch coming?
Mid-February analyst Ming Chi-Kuo publishes an investor note describing, among other things, the possibility that Apple could release new 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops to replace the current 15-inch models.
Kuo also believes that Apple will release a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with support for 32GB of memory, up from the current 16GB limit.
Kuo does not say when he believes that Apple will release these products. We assume that Apple will announce these at its Worldwide Developers Conference this summer.
Processor, Memory, Graphics and SSDs
The Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro uses Intel's Coffee Lake processors. Coffee Lake is Intel's eighth generation processor, replacing the seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor in the previous MacBook Pro.
In addition to new processors, Apple now uses DDR4 RAM in the 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 its predecessor. 16GB is the style max in the 13-inch laptop.
Apple also upgraded the MacBook Pro graphics hardware. The 13-inch standard configuration models have only one integrated graphics processor, either Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 or Graphics 655.
The 15-inch models have the same integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 processor as the 2017 models. Apple also has available for the $ 2,799 15-inch MacBook Pro two Vega graphics upgrade options you can choose from instead of stock Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. For an additional $ 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 come with 4GB of HBM2 video memory.
The Vega upgrade is only available in the $ 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 solid state drives (SSDs) range from 128 GB to 512 GB in the standard 13-inch MacBook Pro configurations. In the 15-inch models, you start with either 256 GB or 512 GB. You can upgrade SSD to up to 2TB on 13-inch MacBook Pro, or up to 4TB on the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple has six standard MacBook Pro configurations. Four of these models have Touch Bar, a strip that is located where the function keys are usually located at the top of the keyboard. The touch bar is an OLED display that shines with various icons, buttons, and features you can use in relation to the tasks and app you use on your Mac. For example, if you use Messaging, the touch bar will display a set of emoji, and you can press emoji to use. Learn more about the types of controls the touch panel offers.
For a better idea of how the Touch Bar integrates into your daily use, read our review of the 2016 MacBook Pro when Touch Bar made its debut. You can also watch the video below.
If you don't want the Touch Bar, you have to pay for Apple's $ 1,299 and $ 1,499 13-inch MacBook Pro models. Both of these laptops have a 2.3 GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, the slowest in the lineup.
Models and Prices
Apple offers four standard configurations of the 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 on each model. (Each model can be customized at an additional cost.)
13-inch MacBook Pro
$ 1,299: 2.3 GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8 GB memory, 128 GB 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) Four 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 including
15-inch MacBook Pro
$ 2,399: 2.2 GHz 6-core Core i7- processor, 16 GB memory, 256 GB SSD, Intel HD Gr aphics 63 0 (integrated graphics), 2GB Radeon Pro 555X (discrete graphics), four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports, TouchBar included
$ 2,799: 2,6 GHz 6-core Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, 512GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 630 (integrated graphics), 4GB Radeon Pro 560X (discrete graphics), four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports, TouchBar included
How to buy a MacBook Pro
You can buy a new MacBook Pro directly from Apple online. Check the Apple Web site for shipping dates, as 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 need to check back if you missed the opportunity to buy.
Refurb products come with one year warranty.