Apple Announces World's First 8-Core MacBook Pro with All-Day Battery Life

Apple Announces World's First 8-Core MacBook Pro with All-Day Battery Life

As the red-headed stepchild of the MacBook Pro family, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is getting faster 8generation Core processors. For the first time it is now possible to spec your new MacBook Pro with an 8-core Intel CPU.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro are priced at ₹1,59,900 and ₹1,99,900 respectively.

Apple has announced an updated version of its flagship MacBook Pro series of notebooks. On the other hand, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz. Those models still have dual-core 7th-Gen processors.

Continuing with a precedent, Apple still isn't showing any love for the 13-inch model without a Touch Bar, clearly pushing customers to buy the more expensive Touch-Bar-equipped models.

The MacBook Pro keyboard mechanism has had a materials change in the mechanism.

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Here's a summary of the two off-the-shelf configurations available for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Before, the fix program didn't include computers with Apple's 3rd-gen Butterfly keyboards, which showed up in 2018 devices. Complaints about the issue have proliferated, and almost everyone I know with one of these keyboards has experienced some problems (see "Class-Action Suit Filed against Apple for MacBook Butterfly Keyboards", 16 May 2018). 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 company also is deploying its new keyboard to Apple Stores to be used in repairs. MacBook Pros are popular with Apple developers and there's always speculation that new ones will be announced during the event's keynote, though that rarely happens. According to multiple reports, the company has confirmed that the keyboard on the new MacBook Pro lineup uses a new material to substantially reduce the issues faced by users in the past. The base model now ships with a faster clock speed at 2.4GHz (compared to the previous 2.3GHz) for the quad-core i5 processor, and it can Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz (compared to 3.8GHz).

In March, Apple apologized and said it was "aware that a small number of users are having issues with their third generation butterfly keyboard". The upper-tier $2399 15-inch model comes stock with the Radeon Pro 560X, and can be upgraded to the Radeon Pro Vega 16 with 4 GB of HBM2 memory for $250 or the Radeon Pro Vega 20 with the same amount of memory for $350. This is the fourth time Apple is tweaking the design of the infamous MacBook Pro keyboard that has been causing all sorts of trouble.