Continuing its renewed commitment to update pro Mac laptops on a regular basis, Apple on Tuesday announced an update to its 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro Touch Bar models ten months after the previous announcement. The second version of the MacBook Pro has a quad-core processor with a Turbo boost capability of up to 4.7 GHz. But the keyboard design isn't the only thing that changed, as the laptops are now equipped with 8-core Intel Core i8 and i9 processors.
Apple says that the MacBook Pro is more powerful than ever for compiling code, processing high-resolution images, rendering 3D graphics, editing multiple streams of 4K video and more. If that's not enough, the top-end model can be configured with an even more expensive Core i9, which features Turbo Boost clock speed of up to 5Ghz.
MacBook Pro includes a solid-state drive with sequential read speeds up to 3.2GB/s. In addition to this, the firm will also fix any and all affected MacBooks for free. However, the 15-inch range also has the base model that starts with an hexa-core Intel Core i7 processor at 2.6GHz clock speed, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz.
Though Apple believes that this change will greatly reduce the issue, it is also including all butterfly keyboards across its notebook line into its Keyboard Service Program. We'll discuss some of the new MacBook Pro's key specifications. The upper-tier $2399 15-inch model comes stock with the Radeon Pro 560X, and can be upgraded to the Radeon Pro Vega 16 with 4 GB of HBM2 memory for $250 or the Radeon Pro Vega 20 with the same amount of memory for $350. It could be weeks, or even months, before we know if the problems with the butterfly keyboards have been fixed to any meaningful degree. Additionally, Apple told select media outlets, the notorious "butterfly" mechanism that has been a problem for a large number of MacBook users has been tweaked specifically in the 2019 MacBook Pro models to ensure long-term reliability.
You can customize and order your brand new MacBook Pro 2019 online right now or wait until later this week to grab one in an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Reseller near you. These updates don't bring any changes to the exterior of the MacBook Pro-it's the same base design introduced in late 2016-but they do bring 9th-generation Intel processors with up to eight cores to the MacBook Pro for the first time.