While the Apple rumor sites were busy speculating what might come our way during the upcoming Apple Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, the company surprised just about everyone today by launching new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models that are the fastest ever. Powered by 8th and 9th generation processors from Intel, the highest-end models boast eight cores for the first time ever in an Apple laptop.
The MacBook Pros feature the same design as the previous models, although the company has – much to the rejoicing of MacBook users everywhere – updated the problematic butterfly keyboards with a new design. Apple apparently changed the material in the butterfly mechanism so that the problems some users have experienced (double or missed keypresses) are reduced substantially.
The biggest changes are under the hood. The 13-inch models use updated quad-core processors, with the top of the line (configured to order) powered by a 2.8GHz quad-core 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.7GHz. The 13-inch comes with 512GB of SSD storage standard, upgradeable to 2TB.
The 15-inch models can use six- or eight-core processors. Configured to order, a top-end 15-inch MacBook Pro can be outfitted with a 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz, 32GB of 2400MHz DD4 memory, and a whopping 4TB of SSD storage.
Pricing starts at $1,799 for the 13-inch quad-core MacBook Pro, $2,399 for the 15-inch 6-core model, and $2,799 for the 15-inch 8-core model. In case you’re curious, a fully maxed out 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz, 32GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory, a Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory, and 4TB of SSD storage will cost you a cool $6,549…
The new MacBook Pros are in stores today or can be ordered online for delivery within a few days.