MacBook Pro Overview Updated October 21, 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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MacBook Pro Stories October 18

Apple has been rumored to be working on a redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro with a reliable keyboard, but it may not be as overhauled as people expect. An icon that first appeared in macOS 10.15.1 beta 1 last week and remains in beta 2 may be a preview of what to expect.

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MacBook Pro Stories October 17

Concept imagines rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro with 6 USB-C ports, more

Apple’s oft-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro could be launching as early as this month. Today, new renders have emerged offering a look at what could be the design of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, with Touch Bar and more.

MacBook Pro Stories October 15

The Waterfield Muzetto is a gorgeous and practical bag that was originally made specifically for the iPad, and later adapted for different models, as well as for MacBooks.

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Waterfield is a San Francisco-based company that hand-makes the Muzetto in three different sizes, and helps you choose with a website feature absolutely all bag manufacturers should immediately copy…

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MacBook Pro Stories October 4

We first heard rumors about a new redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro back in February. Since then, we’ve learned even more about what exactly to expect on Apple’s next-generation laptop. Today, a report from Chinese website Chongdiantou (via Weibo) — shared an alleged photo of a new Apple 96W USB-C power adapter. According to their sources, this charger is designed to work with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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MacBook Pro Stories October 3

A new Apple patent application, published today, describes what appears to be Apple’s end-goal with MacBooks: a screen-based keyboard with a realistic look and feel that still allows touch typing.

Apple has been gradually moving away from physical keys and buttons over the years. We saw the mechanical Home button on the iPhone replaced with a solid-state one, a haptic motor simulating the feel of a click before that was itself replaced by a swipe on the screen.

Apple has also begun that process with MacBooks…

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