Thursday, July 12th 2018

Apple Updates MacBook Pro with 8th Gen Intel Core Processors

Apple today updated MacBook Pro with faster performance and new pro features, making it the most advanced Mac notebook ever. The new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar feature 8th-generation Intel Core processors, with 6-core on the 15-inch model for up to 70 percent faster performance and quad-core on the 13-inch model for up to two times faster performance - ideal for manipulating large data sets, performing complex simulations, creating multi-track audio projects or doing advanced image processing or film editing.

Already the most popular notebook for developers around the world, the new MacBook Pro can compile code faster and run multiple virtual machines and test environments easier than before. Additional updates include support for up to 32 GB of memory, a True Tone display and an improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing. And with its powerful Radeon Pro graphics, large Force Touch trackpad, revolutionary Touch Bar and Touch ID, dynamic stereo speakers, quiet Apple-designed cooling system and Thunderbolt 3 for data transfer, charging and connecting up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs, it's the ultimate pro notebook.
"The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we've ever made," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Now with 8th-generation 6-core processors, up to 32 GB of system memory, up to 4 TB of super fast SSD storage, new True Tone technology in its Retina display and Touch Bar, the Apple T2 chip for enhanced security and a third-generation quieter keyboard packed into its thin and light aluminum design with all-day battery life, it's the best notebook for pro users."

Faster, More Powerful Pro Notebook Computing
The new MacBook Pro is now faster and more powerful, with 8th-generation 6-core Intel Core processors on the 15-inch MacBook Pro for up to 70 percent faster performance and 8th-generation quad-core Intel Core processors on the 13-inch model for performance that's up to twice as fast. With the option to add up to 32 GB of memory on the 15-inch MacBook Pro, users can run more apps simultaneously or load larger files into memory. And with up to a 2 TB SSD on the 13-inch model and up to a 4 TB SSD on the 15-inch, MacBook Pro gives customers the flexibility to work with large asset libraries and projects wherever they go.

Retina Display with True Tone Delivers Ultimate Viewing Experience
With 500 nits of brightness and support for the P3 wide color gamut, the Retina display on MacBook Pro is the best Mac notebook display ever. Now with True Tone technology, the display and Touch Bar deliver a more natural viewing experience for design and editing workflows, as well as everyday tasks like browsing the web and writing email.

Apple T2 Chip Delivers Enhanced Security and "Hey Siri" on Mac
Also new to MacBook Pro is the Apple T2 chip, first introduced in iMac Pro. With the Apple T2 chip, MacBook Pro now delivers enhanced system security with support for secure boot and on-the-fly encrypted storage, and also brings "Hey Siri" to the Mac for the first time.

15-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights
  • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz
  • Up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory
  • Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4 GB of video memory in every configuration
  • Up to 4 TB of SSD storage
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
13-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights
  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM
  • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128 MB of eDRAM
  • Up to 2 TB of SSD storage
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
Back to School with MacBook Pro
The new MacBook Pro is also part of Apple's Back to School promotion starting today and available to college students, their parents, faculty and staff through the Apple Education Store. The promotion includes a pair of qualifying Beats headphones with the purchase of any eligible Mac or iPad Pro for college, as well as education pricing on Mac, iPad Pro, AppleCare, select accessories and more.

New Leather Sleeves for MacBook Pro
First introduced with MacBook, Apple leather sleeves are now available for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro in Saddle Brown, Midnight Blue and, for the first time, Black. Designed with high-quality leather and a soft microfiber lining for extra protection, the sleeves are a perfect complement to MacBook Pro for users on the go.

macOS Mojave Coming This Fall
This fall, MacBook Pro can be updated with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world's most advanced desktop operating system, with new features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, a new Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content. The new Stacks feature organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups. Familiar iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home, are now available on the Mac for the first time. FaceTime now adds support for group calling, and the Mac App Store gets a full redesign featuring rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.

Pricing and Availability
Starting at $1,799 and $2,399 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar are available today through apple.com and in select Apple retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week.
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12 Comments on Apple Updates MacBook Pro with 8th Gen Intel Core Processors

#1
Easo
So finally 32GB RAM? xD Took some years...
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#2
xorbe
How do they dissipate the heat from 12 threads with that thin form factor?
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#3
MadsMagnus
xorbe said:
How do they dissipate the heat from 12 threads with that thin form factor?
They don't do it properly. From what I have seen it is rare to find a Mac product that actually stays within the full thermal envelope, when properly pushed.
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#4
windwhirl
Why do I get the feeling that this is excessively expensive?

MadsMagnus said:
They don't do it properly. From what I have seen it is rare to find a Mac product that actually stays within the full thermal envelope, when properly pushed.
So, throttling then...
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#5
yjjddpizza
windwhirl said:
Why do I get the feeling that this is excessively expensive?
This is Apple. What did you expect?:kookoo:
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#6
PcLover
The 15 inch model new macbook pro with all options will cost 6699$ and the base price for 15 inch model is 2399
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#7
ssdpro
xorbe said:
How do they dissipate the heat from 12 threads with that thin form factor?
MadsMagnus said:
They don't... (snip)
Simpler answer.

Also, I understand it was quoted from a corporate marketing propaganda sheet... but... "Already the most popular notebook for developers around the world, the new MacBook Pro can compile code faster and run multiple virtual machines and test environments easier than before." Techradar and github disagree - one says #4 the other says #3. Perhaps it is the most popular Apple notebook for developers of macos or ios apps in the world?
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#8
TheinsanegamerN
So with more cores, it will overheat even FASTER. And it still has a too small battery, a lack of useful ports, and a garbage keyboard.

I'm so glad I didnt get indoctrinated into the MAC camp growing up.
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#9
Easo
From my experience, developers ordered Mac stands, because of the overheating and poor ventilation.
Macs were supposed to be silent too. Oh, how they scream under full load xD
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#10
SetsunaFZero
xorbe said:
How do they dissipate the heat from 12 threads with that thin form factor?
with Extreme Power throttling like in all mac products. Search for imac or mac thermal power throttling. Mac's can't keep base or even boost clock for a minute.
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#11
Vya Domus
xorbe said:
How do they dissipate the heat from 12 threads with that thin form factor?
Mad throttling, though to their credit at least they are doing it quitely.

These macs are definitely not desirable for a good chunk of developers. Most developers that do use macs it's pretty much exclusively for web or iOS development , but then again not much is needed in the way of hardware for that.

Regardless the niche products that once Apple really did best are no longer like that , plenty of thin , powerful laptops with actual dedicated graphics that stomp anything Apple has to offer have become a thing for a while now. Oh and way fucking cheaper as well.
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