Apple has refreshed its 15 inch and 13 inch MacBook Pro models today with some key (no pun intended) improvements. The keyboard issues that have caused a lot of nuisance for customers and which were begrudgingly acknowledged by Apple have been addressed in this refresh which also brings faster Intel processors.
The new 15 inch MacBook Pro gets Intel’s 9th Gen Core processors with the base model starting with a 2.6GHz 6-core i7 processor that can turbo boost up to 4.5GHz. The next model gets a 2.3GHz 8-core i9 processor which is the first ever on a MacBook. There’s even a custom top option with an 8-core i9 processor that has a 2.4GHz base speed and can turbo boost up to 5.0GHz.
Apple’s 13 inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar also get new processors. The base model now has the 8th Gen quadcore 2.4GHz i5 processor with the new top option featuring a quadcore i7 processor. All of the other specs are the same, including the GPUs.
Apple switched to the butterfly mechanism for the MacBook’s keyboards not too long ago. However, more than a few customers have had issues with the keyboard. Apple says that it has built a new material as part of the mechanism which should address the problems.