Apple is updating its 15” MacBook Pro with a set of new 8-core and 6-core processors. The company will also be updating its 13” MacBook Pro lineup with a new Touch Bar and brand new 8th gen quad-core processors. The US tech giant is saying that these upgrades will mean that the 15” MacBook Pro will be able to run at double the speed of the previous generation of laptops and will hit 40% improvements over the last generation.
This will be the fastest ever Mac notebook ever from Apple. The keyboard of both the 13” and the 15” models will also be updated.
The $2,399 configuration of the 15-inch MacBook Pro is getting a 2.6GHz 6-core i7 that boosts to 4.5 GHz, and it has a 400 MHz increase in turbo speed. The top end of this model will be priced at $2,799 and it is offered with an 8-core i9 processor, 2 more cores and 500 MHz increase over the current 6-core configuration.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro that has a Touch Bar will also get a boost with 2.4GHz quad-core processors, which can be turbo boosted to reach top speeds of up to 4.7GHz.
Amidst a shift in the business strategy of Apple, its Mac lineup of laptops has continued to grow out-sized to the industry and still acts as a beachhead for Apple in many enterprise businesses. This happened during a period when the smartphone industry is saturating and Apple is seeing its profits shrink in the iPhone business.
Apple had recently revised the MacBook keyboards in a quiet fashion by adding a membrane that was intended to prevent dust and particulates from accumulating under the keys. The updates were still unable to prevent malfunctions. This is why the company has announced a new update to its keyboards.
The MacBook Pro keyboard mechanism will be changed, and Apple said that this new keyboard mechanism composition will substantially reduce the double type/no type issue.
The changes in the keyboards have been made ‘under the hood’, meaning that these updates will not change the look or feel of the keyboard. It should also result in the same typing experience as current gen keyboards that users have enjoyed from Apple laptops.
If Apple is able to finally put the issues of this current generation of keyboards to rest, the company will be able to plug a potential hole in their MacBook sales and give itself some breathing room to new products.
This speed bump comes in a time when Apple is getting ready for the WWDC conference. Apple has used the stage of WWDC to announce new hardware improvements for its lineup of products.