Apple updates MacBook Pro lineup with faster processors, new 8-core model

Sarah Tew  CNET

Apple has such confidence in the new MacBook Pro's reimagined butterfly mechanism that the laptop qualifies from day one for inclusion in its expansive keyboard fix scheme. The Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch model starts at Rs 1,59,900.

The 13-inch model has also received processor updates.

Apple refrained from diving deeper about this new keyboard design but did say that these updates apply to the 13-inch model with Touch Bar and the 15-inch MacBook Pro, and both new laptops will be available for orders starting today before hitting Apple's retail store later this week. It gains 14nm "Coffee Lake Refresh" 9th-generation Intel processors with six and eight cores.

Apple says that the 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. There is also another model that gets 2.3GHz 8-Core i9 processor which can be boosted up to 4.8GHz.

In brief: When you turn on your MacBook Pro, does it look like your desktop is about to put on a vaudeville show?

As for the MacBook Pro spec updates - they're about what you'd expect and start at the same prices as their predecessors.

Apple on Tuesday also said it has sped up the time it takes for a keyboard to be repaired. Although Apple continues to underplay the significance of the issue with the keyboard, countless customers have complained about the reliability of the butterfly keyboard on all the recently MacBook models. An even more loaded 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with a faster 2.4GHz eight-core Core i9 CPU with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz, but it'll cost you, starting at $2,999. The problem was attributed to a flaw in the design of Apple's lauded butterfly keyboard which would lead to dust getting stuck in the keyboard.

The MacBook Pro can finally be ordered with 9th Gen Intel chips and 8-core CPUs, two major options for the coders, movie editors and engineers that need all of the speed. The 2018 MacBook Air and 2018 MacBook Pro included Butterfly keyboards, and still suffered issues despite the addition of a membrane aimed at keeping debris out.

Apple did not expand on what the "new materials" are or how they'll reduce keyboard problems.

Apple has also announced changes to its keyboard replacement program, which now includes all MacBooks with the butterfly keyboard mechanism, which is nearly all current and recent MacBook models.

Along with announcing updates to its keyboard, Apple on Tuesday unveiled a slight update to its MacBook Pro lineup.

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