Apple finally updates the MacBook Pro with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight core processing power to the MacBook Pro for the first time. The MacBook Pro is now capable of twice the performance compared to a quad-core MacBook Pro, and 40% more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro.
“Whether it’s college students mastering a course of study, developers building world-class apps or video editors creating feature films, we’re constantly amazed at what our customers do with their MacBook Pro,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product Marketing.
“Now with 8-core processors for an incredible performance boost, along with its stunning Retina display, fast storage, all-day battery life and running macOS, MacBook Pro continues to be the world’s best pro notebook and we can’t wait to get it into our customer’s hands to see what they do next.”
New Intel 8th and 9th Generation Core Processors
The new MacBook Pro is designed to handle even more gruesome tasks on your PC – compiling code, processing high-resolution images, rendering 3D graphics, editing multiple streams of 4K video and more. The 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes equipped with faster 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, delivering Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz.
As for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, it features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz. When compared to the fastest quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Pro with 8-core processors is up to two times faster, so:
- Music producers can play back massive multi-track projects with up to two times more Alchemy plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
- 3D designers can render scenes up to two times faster in Maya Arnold.
- Photographers can apply complex edits and filters up to 75 percent faster in Photoshop.
- Developers can compile code up to 65 percent faster in Xcode.
- Scientists and researchers can compute complex fluid dynamics simulations up to 50 percent faster in TetrUSS.
- Video editors can edit up to 11 simultaneous multicam streams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X.
Better and Brighter Retina Display
Apart from its beefed up processor, the MacBook Pro also features the best Mac notebook display – a Retina display with 500 nits of brightness, all while supporting the P3 wide colour gamut and True Tone technology for a natural viewing experience. When it comes to sound, the MacBook Pro is packed with wide-stereo speakers. There is also the convenience of Touch ID, Touch Bar, and a large Force Touch trackpad for enhance navigation and convenience.
Connectivity wise, the MacBook Pro has an SSD storage, Apple’s T2 security chip for enhance security, Thunderbolt 3 for fast data transfers, and the flexibility of connecting up to twoi 5K displays or four external GPUs.
The new MacBook Pro will come with macOS Mojave out of the box. In this latest version of macOS, Mojave features a Dark Mode that changes the desktop to a darker look, similar to “Night Mode” found on Android. Stacks now automatically stacks files neatly into groups while FaceTime supports group calling. Mojave also brings over several iOS apps including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home to the Mac and features a redesigned Mac App Store.
Starting at RM7,849 and RM10,499 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro are available today through apple.com/my, the Apple Store app and Apple Authorized Resellers.
Apple did not specifically mention when it will be available for purchase, but only mentioned “later this week”. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories can be found online here.