Apple introduces first 8-core MacBook Pro, the fastest Mac notebook ever

Apple updated MacBook Pro with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. MacBook Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever. These new processors, combined with powerful graphics, the brilliant and colorful Retina display, super-fast SSDs, the Apple T2 Security Chip, all-day battery life and macOS, make MacBook Pro the world’s best pro notebook.

Apple's first 8-core MacBook Pro, the fastest Mac notebook ever
Apple’s first 8-core MacBook Pro, the fastest Mac notebook ever

“Whether it’s college students mastering a course of study, developers building world-class apps or video editors creating feature films, we’re constantly amazed at what our customers do with their MacBook Pro,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product Marketing, in a statement. “Now with 8-core processors for an incredible performance boost, along with its stunning Retina display, fast storage, all-day battery life and running macOS, MacBook Pro continues to be the world’s best pro notebook and we can’t wait to get it into our customer’s hands to see what they do next.”

Powerful Performance Boost for Pro Workloads

MacBook Pro is more powerful than ever for compiling code, processing high-resolution images, rendering 3D graphics, editing multiple streams of 4K video and more. The 15-inch MacBook Pro now features faster 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, delivering Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz.

When compared to the fastest quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Pro with 8-core processors is up to two times faster, so:

• Music producers can play back massive multi-track projects with up to two times more Alchemy plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
• 3D designers can render scenes up to two times faster in Maya Arnold.
• Photographers can apply complex edits and filters up to 75 percent faster in Photoshop.
• Developers can compile code up to 65 percent faster in Xcode.
• Scientists and researchers can compute complex fluid dynamics simulations up to 50 percent faster in TetrUSS.
• Video editors can edit up to 11 simultaneous multicam streams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X.

The World’s Best Pro Notebook

Along with these powerful new processors, MacBook Pro features the best Mac notebook display ever, a stunning Retina display with 500 nits of brightness, support for the P3 wide color gamut and True Tone technology, for a natural, true-to-life viewing experience. It also comes with incredibly immersive stereo speakers with wide-stereo sound, the security and convenience of Touch ID, dynamic and contextual controls with Touch Bar and a large Force Touch trackpad. MacBook Pro also features blazing fast SSD storage, the Apple T2 Security Chip for enhanced security, and powerful and versatile Thunderbolt 3 ports for data transfer, charging and connecting up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs.

macOS Mojave

All new Macs come with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In Mojave, Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content, Stacks organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups and FaceTime supports group calling. Mojave also brings iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home to the Mac and features a redesigned Mac App Store with rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.

Pricing and Availability

Starting at $1,799 and $2,399 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro are available today through apple.com, the Apple Store app and in select Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/macbook-pro.

MacDailyNews Take: Notably, nowhere in Apple’s press release do they mention the butterfly keyboard.

UPDATE: 2:45pm EDT: Although inexplicably not mentioned in the press release, according to reports, Apple has updated the butterfly keyboard. Hopefully, the fourth time is the charm! The company has also extended their Keyboard Service Program to all MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models with butterfly keyboard.

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Apple refreshes MacBook Pro with updated butterfly keyboard – May 21, 2019
Apple lied to me about the MacBook Air’s defective butterfly keyboard and now we have a problem – May 19, 2019
MacBook Pro keyboard failures: Apple blames dust to excuse poor engineering design – May 2, 2019
Apple will now fix broken MacBook keyboards within a day as problems persist – April 25, 2019
Heat, not dust, the enemy of Apple’s butterfly keyboard design? – April 9, 2019
Tim Cook is not the best person to be CEO of Apple – April 2, 2019
The MacBook keyboard fiasco is way worse than Apple thinks – April 2, 2019
Apple apologizes for ongoing reliability problems with its MacBook ‘butterfly’ keyboards – March 27, 2019
WSJ: Apple has fixed their butterfly keyboard, but it’s only for pros – for now – July 23, 2018
Teardown of MacBook Pro’s new butterfly keyboard reveals improved protection against dust and debris – July 19, 2018
Conflicting information distributed inside Apple about reason for silicone MacBook Pro keyboard membrane – July 19, 2018
Keyboard shootout: 2018 vs. 2017 MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards compared – July 17, 2018
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How Apple is fixing faulty keyboards in their new MacBook Pro models – July 16, 2018
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24 Comments

    1. Testing??? Cook outsourced that too. Apple has dinked around for 4 years on half assed attempts at keyboard fixes constrained by Ive’s Special Stupid Thin design. That hasn’t changed. In other words, it’s STILL more important to Apple to be thin than to be problem free and thermally superior than the competition.

      The only thing Apple claims in this latest keyboard release is that they changed a material. Whoopie, a stiffer spring to overcome a high friction design that gets jammed with the smallest fleck of debris???? BAND AID. Sorry but that is just not going to solve the fundamentals. Other than that, all Apple has done is finally get in line for the latest Intel processors after all the PC companies got there first.

      I don’t doubt that the new MBP will absolutely scream before thermal constraints and keyboard problems crop up. The question is how long before the same long-standing problems happen?

      Apple must not be confident. Instead of a big reveal, Apple sneaks out this update in the dark of night. Obviously they aren’t willing to stand in front of users and declare this MBP is totally back to proper quality and durability. To a longtime Mac user, it looks like Apple doesn’t provide any assurance that they know what the F they are doing anymore.

    1. Because humans are easy to distract and their memories aren’t all that great. Show them something new and they practically forget about the old. I recently bought a used 2015 MacBook Pro because I refused to be annoyed with possible keyboard problems with the newer model. I stand by my decision. I happily traded the power for what was considered a decent keyboard.

  1. MDN’s take says it all. Until I hear an announcement about totally redesigned MacBook Air/Pro keyboards, I’ll keep pecking away on my 2010 MacBook Air.

    1. FWIW, I read in Business Insider about the release just a little while ago and that Apple believes it HAS solved the keyboard issue. The phrase was, “substantially reduce issues some customers have encountered with its keyboards.”

      Your mileage may vary?…

      1. “Substantially reduce issues” is cut from the same BS marketing speak as “a small percentage of the keyboards in certain MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro” noted in their Keyboard Service Program info page.

        In fact, the brand-spanking new 2019 Macbook Pros are ALREADY listed as models eligible under the replacement keyboard program!!!

        https://www.apple.com/support/keyboard-service-program-for-mac-notebooks/

        Which means 2 things:
        1) the new 2019 MBPs are still using the butterfly keyboards, and
        2) the problem is STILL NOT FIXED

  2. I’ve been waiting for the release of these as I need a new one and knew they were overdue. I wonder if I should wait for the reviews or go all instant gratification… Hmm…

  3. I find Apple’s “the vast majority of users love this Keyboard” line utter bullshit.

    If the reliability of the “chiclet” keyboard was 99.999 and this one is 95 or 90% that is a horrendously large number of angry soon to be former Mac fans. When you sell 10-20 million of anything much can be lost in large numbers.

    Perhaps more importantly, Pros certainly never asked for a thinner machine, so the upside is completely moot. This was an Apple vanity project that has become an embarassing mark on the company’s product line.

    Tell me again how iPad sales are booming Tim – I mean, what do you expect longtime Apple users to do when you cripple the F’n laptops other than… buy an iPad? Don’t think we haven’t considered an MS Surface or IBM Thinkpads because newsflash, those machines are gorgeous. I even checked out a Google Chromebook for casual wordprocessing, etc. All of them – ALL OF THEM- have better keyboards that every Macbook on offer. Let that sink in you navel gazing fucks in Cupertino.

    The problem, however, seems to have been fixed. Last year John Gruber reported (through a little birdie) had to do with the metal alloy they used to make the Butterfly mechanism – effectively, at higher temps, it will bend, or tweak, which leads to dead/stuck keys. Not sure how the fuck this ever passed “Quality Control” – Apple seems to be borrowing QA processes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold team.

    At any rate, all Apple had to do was swap out the alloy (not before selling a boatload of faulty keyboards), and now promises to replace your shitty keyboard with these nice keyboards as long as yours is a 3rd gen butterfly.

    So it seems, this design/QA nightmare may finally be coming to an end. And all we wanted was a fucking HD display in the 2012 Macbook Air.

    1. I love the keyboard feeling, one of the best ever for me. I hate the unreliable side of it. Change the keyboard twice on my MBP13″ 2017.

      A great little beast nevertheless.

    2. Traded my MacBook Pro in and bought a Surface Pro 6 with Windows 10 Pro. Have not had one single problem with the machine. It boots way faster than any Apple device to include the iPad Pro (which I also own) or any Macintosh. It starts from a cold boot and signs me in with face recognition faster than any Apple device can get up an Apple logo.

      I am running Cylance for AV/security and have not had any problems. Not one freeze, crash or other mess associated with older versions of Windows.

  4. Well…. admittedly, this has me looking at MBPs again. BUT………….. I’m going to wait it out. I want to hear if the keyboard issue is actually resolved this time. I can learn to adapt to the feel, but I refuse to adapt to the shitty quality.

    1. Good to wait. These new 2019 MBPs are already on the list of models eligible under Apple’s keyboard replacement program. Doesn’t sound to me like the problem is fixed, just reduced another few percentage points in probability.

  5. I see Apple continues to rob their customer base with overpriced DDR4 and SSD pricing.

    Going from 16GB DDR4 to 32 GB costs $400! That’s $400 for an additional 16 GB. You already paid for 16GB in the the base model people. Amazon sells a Crucial 32 GB kit for $165! The DRAM market is in overcapacity with prices sinking. Why so much $ Apple?
    Going from a 256 GB SSD to 512GB costs an additional $200. Not quite as egregious but you are paying $200 for an additional 256GB. At most the upgrade should be no more than $100 which would include a healthy Apple tax. But why doesn’t 512GB come standard in the base model.

    It gets to be a straight rip off with a 1TB SSD upgrade costing $600. That is $600 for 768GB of additional storage.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense for SSD and DRAM to be user upgradeable!

    1. For professionals with a $10,000 budget (this IS the system they’ll use for the next couple years), the top configuration comes in at $6000 before tax. If you’re on a fixed income, you might want to pass this one up, but for those who see the additional tens of thousands of dollars they’ll make a month (or the time off from getting work done early), it’ll be money well spent.

      1. Why did you jump from “Pros” to “Fixed Income” (read: retirees)? Come on dude. It’s pretty damn easy to show that Macs are not cheap and you go for that strawman?

      2. Professionals like myself are no less interested in value for money than anyone else because, you know, where’re in the business of making money and being competitive. ‘Professional’ does not mean blowing wads of cash on Apple hardware when PC equivalent hardware is much cheaper.

        Even if you really want to buy Apple hardware their prices are a joke, the memory and SSD prices are insulting. A better word might be scam.

    2. Don’t bother trying to understand why Apple is squeezing its customers. It’s just the nature of the company. It seems as though Apple doesn’t want anyone going inside their computers and that’s all there is to it. Apple wants total control over their own products. Although you paid for the product, you’re just a user and nothing more. I might complain at times but nothing is ever going to change at Apple.

      If I wanted to, I could afford to pay for their new products but I only buy refurbed Apple products because they’re less expensive and work just as well for my daily use. I can’t say I’m entirely happy with the way Apple does things, but I honestly don’t have any regrets for using Apple products.

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