Apple just released the long-awaited new 2018 MacBook Pro. This was a huge shock to basically everyone. In this article we will tell you almost everything that’s new with the new MacBook Pro models. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is now packing the first six core processor to come in any MacBook ever but let’s first look at every single thing that’s changed with a 13-inch MacBook Pro.
First of all the base 13-inch model is completely unchanged literally nothing at all and its price at the exact same $1299 as before. However there’s huge changes with the touch bar model. First off, an upgrade to intel’s 8th gen quad-core processor. Yes you heard that right 4 cores the first time ever for the 13-inch. The new processor is clocked at the same 2.3 GHz clock speed as the base model ship but the boost speeds are up to a massive 3.8 GHz, exactly the same as last year’s base 15-inch MacBook Pro. Quad-core chip except that it’s an i5 instead of an i7 you also have the choice to upgrade to a 4 core i7 for $300 more in the turbo boost clock is up to a massive 4.5 GHz for comparison the best available processor. On last year’s 15-inch MacBook Pro could only turbo boost up to 4.1 GHz so this processor should easily outperform any and all previous Mac books in multiple core tasks.
On top of that, the new 13-inch touch bar model gets double the eDRAM which is basically RAM that’s built into the processor itself that can be accessed almost instantly. The graphics chip on the new model has also been upgraded to Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 to the old 650. You can also now upgrade to a massive 2 Terabyte SSD instead of 1 terabyte on last year’s model. But wait, there’s more. The new MacBook pro is now the first Mac ever to feature apples True Tone Technology. What this does is measures the ambient color balance and adjust the screen so colors are displayed more accurately. This is huge news for any photo or video editors doing color correction. Another massive change is a bump up to a 58 watt hour battery. The old 13 inch touch bar model only had a 49.2 watt hour battery. So battery life should increase quite a bit also.
The new MacBook Pro is now the first Mac ever to support Bluetooth 5.0 it also includes a brand new third-generation Butterfly keyboard mechanism. The Apple says “gives a quieter experience”. So hopefully the old Butterfly keyboard issues have now been laid to rest. Apple also tells “speakers with high fidelity sound that are connected directly to system power”. But we have to compare them for ourselves to see if they’re actually better. The new touch bar model also includes Apple’s T2 chip, which debuted on Apple’s iMac pro. It controls the FaceTime camera the speakers and audio system management and the SSD all by itself freeing up the main CPUs power. It also has dedicated hardware to automatically encrypt all of the data on the SSD drive without affecting processor performance. By far, the biggest change that the T2 brings is the addition of Hey Siri making it the first Mac ever to support it.
And now that Mac OS Mojave is bringing the Home app to Mac. You’ll soon be able to use Hey Siri to control homekit devices straight from your new MacBook Pro. There is now huge value added to the 13 inch touch of our model making it really hard to recommend the base model. Especially since it’s still packing the flawed butterfly keyboard.
Now let’s move on to the 15-inch MacBook Pro which gets even more upgrades including the long-awaited bump up to 32 GB of RAM. Both RAM options are now upgraded to 2400 MHz DDR4 memory. Last year’s models use 16GB of slower low-power DDR3 memory so it no longer has low power RAM which does negatively affect battery life. But the new models have a 10% larger battery from 76 watt hours to 83.6 watt hours. It should even now the all-time biggest change is an upgrade to Intel’s new 8th gen 6 core processor. Tt’s clocked at 2.2 GHz with a turbo boost clock of 4.1GHz. Matching the turbo boost clock of last year’s best CPU option. Except it’s now got nine megabytes of l3 cache and faster RAM so the new base 15 inch model should outperform the best 2017’s 15 inch model in terms of single core performance even if you still only have 16 gigabytes of RAM for multi-core performance. However the new base model should completely destroy last year’s best MacBook Pro thanks to the new 6 core chip. You can also pay an extra $400 over the base model for the top-of-the-line 2.9GHz i9 processor that turbo boosts up to an insane 4.8GHz. The highest turbo boost speed ever seen on any mac you also get a bump up to 12 megabytes of shared l3 cache.
Perhaps the craziest thing is that there’s now a 4 Terabyte SSD option which helps bring the price for a fully loaded 15-inch MacBook Pro up to a massive $6699. The base model now comes with 4 Gigabytes of memory which you had to pay extra for last year. You now have the option of a Radeon Pro 555X or 560X which seems like they’re basically the same chips other than a slight boost and clock speeds. The integrated chips have been upgraded to Intel UHD Graphics 630 with slightly improved benchmark performance. The new 15-inch model gets the same new features I mentioned earlier for the 13-inch model like true tone Bluetooth 5.0, updated butterfly keyboard, T2 chip, Hey Siri support and potentially better speakers. This year’s New MacBook Pro models have overall a huge boost in value compared to last year to make it even better, Apple has teamed up with Blackmagic Design to create the first external EGPU ever that has a Thunderbolt 3 output so you can hook up to LG’s ultra fine 5k display and possibly other USB-C displays.