MacBook Pro Overview Updated June 24, 2019

MacBook Pro

Apple's Laptop Line for Professionals and Power Users

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MacBook Pro has been the product name for Apple’s high end laptop since early 2008 when the transition to Intel processors began.

Recent Hardware Updates

In a mid-2018 update, Apple added a number of new hardware options for the MacBook Pro.  The main changes include:

  • Coffee Lake processors with quad-core i7 options on the 13-inch and 6-core i9 options on the 15-inch
  • Thunderbolt 3 on all four ports on both 13- and 15-inch models (two on the non-Touch Bar model)
  • Radeon Pro GPUs (15-inch models only)
  • Super fast PCIe SSDs in capacities up to 4TB on the 15-inch, 2TB on the 13-inch
  • Improved display with True Tone
  • 3rd-generation butterfly keyboard
  • T2 chip with improved security

2018 MacBook Pro

The flagship model is the 15-inch with Touch Bar, available in two standard specs: a 2.2GHz Core i7 processor, Radeon Pro 555X GPU and 256GB PCIe SSD, and a 2.6GHz Core i7 processor with Radeon 560X GPU and 512GB PCIe SSD. This can be maxed-out with a build-to-order 2.9GHz i9 CPU, 32GB of RAM 4TB PCIe SSD. All models have four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Pricing starts at $2399.

The 13-inch model with Touch Bar is also available in two models: a 2.3GHz Core i5 CPU, Intel Iris 640 GPU, and 256GB PCIe SSD, while the higher-tier model also includes a 2.3GHz Core i5 processor, and a slightly beefier Intel Its 655 GPU. Both models have 8GB RAM. The maxed-out version offers a 2.7GHz i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and 2TB PCIe SSD, but there’s no option for a discrete GPU. All models have four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Pricing starts at $1799.

Apple also sells a 13″ model that comes without the Touch Bar. This is technically the 2017 version of this laptop as it was not updated with the 2018 updates. This MacBook Pro model is available in two configurations with for its processor. You can choose between a 2.3GHz core i5 or a 2.5Ghz core i7. The lowest end model includes 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD storage drive. Upgrades can be chosen to increase the RAM of 16GB and the storage up to 1TB. This model includes 2 USB-C ports for charging, accessories, or data transfer.  Pricing starts at $1299.

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It was back in February that we first heard about a new 16-inch MacBook Pro in the works, and a new report today supports this, adding some more details.

The report claims a 3072×1920 resolution, up from the 2880×1800 panel found in Apple’s 15-inch laptops since the first Retina MacBook Pro in 2012 […]

IHS Markit says the new 16-inch laptop has a target manufacturing date of September 2019 with a production rate of about 250,000 units per month. The panel would still be LCD (no OLED yet as previously reported) and supposedly manufactured by LG.

As we noted this morning, the timing does seem a little odd …

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According to an industry report from IHS Market, published by Forbes, Apple is set to launch a new 16-inch MacBook Pro later this year.

The report claims a 3072×1920 resolution, up from the 2880×1800 panel found in Apple’s 15-inch laptops since the first Retina MacBook Pro in 2012. As the 15-inch MacBook Pro was refreshed already this year, with newer processors and a revised keyboard design, people are expecting the 16-inch to forge a new, separate, tier in Apple’s product lineup. This suggests a price point around $3000.

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MacBook Pro Stories June 21

How to check if your MacBook Pro is affected by the fire safety risk battery recall

Do you have a 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro? Follow along for how to check if your MacBook Pro is affected by the battery recall that Apple just announced.

There are countless options for hardshell cases for the MacBook Pro. But if you’re looking for something beyond the multitude of plastic designs that offers solid protection as well as a unique look and feel, choices are much more limited. We’ve been testing out the Incase Textured Hardshell in Woolenex for MacBook Pro recently to see if it’s a worthy accessory for Apple’s high-end notebooks.

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MacBook Pro Stories June 20

Apple today said that it is launching a voluntary recall and replacement program for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The company says that select 15-inch MacBook Pro units sold between September 2015 and February 2017 contain a battery that may overheat and pose safety risks.

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MacBook Pro Stories June 13

MacBook lineup likely seeing more updates this fall following Pro refresh

Apple has registered seven new Mac notebooks with the Eurasian Economic Commission today, foreshadowing upcoming MacBook releases that could arrive this fall.

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