Apple launches 2019 MacBook Pro with 8-core Intel processors and fourth-generation butterfly keyboards

 

Apple has released new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with 8-core Intel processors and fourth-generation butterfly keyboards. The company is also extending its 4-year Keyboard Service Program to cover not only 2018 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air but also these newly upgrade 2019 MacBook Pros with the fourth-generation keyboard design.

2019 MacBook Pro

2019 MacBook Pro Upgrades

Apple has not changed any major features in this year’s refresh, after last year’s upgrades. Except for the processors and keyboard update, there are no visible changes this year.

13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Both 13-inch models with Touch Bar are getting faster 8th-generation Intel processors. The following processor configurations are now available:

  • 2.4GHz quad-core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz
  • 2.8GHz quad-core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.7GHz

The non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro is still stuck with 7th-generation Intel processors. 

15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

The 15-inch model has some major performance boosts thanks to 9th-generation Intel Coffee Lake Refresh processors. This is the first time a MacBook Pro will ship with an 8-core Intel processor. The following processor configurations are available for 15-inch model:

  • 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz
  • 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz
  • 2.4GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz

As per Apple’s press release, these new processors give a 40% performance boost, compared to previous generations. In various tasks in different professional software, performance improvement from the new 8-core processors is twice that of the 6-core processors in previous generation.

What did Apple change the keyboard again in 2019 MacBook Pro?

Apple had last updated MacBook Pro in July 2018. The update included support for 6-core processors, up to 32GB RAM, True Tone display and T2 chip for security. The MacBooks were well received however there were issue initially with the performance of Core i9 processors as they would throttle under heavy load. This was fixed by Apple through a software update. Another issue with butterfly keyboard mechanism, which would make the keys get stuck or not work as intended. Apple said that they had fixed this issue in 2018 MacBook Pros by adding a thin membrane to the keyboard which would shut out dust.

But it did not fix the problem. Many people voiced their concerns with the third-generation butterfly keyboards. Many keys, specifically the most used ones, would get stuck for users. Some users also reported multiple key presses for example, double spaces even when the space bar is pressed once. Let’s see if fourth-generation fixes these issues for good. However, Apple’s keyboard service program support for these refreshed MacBook Pros does not give me much confidence in the keyboards.

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