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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