Apple Surprisingly Debuts New 8-Core MacBook Pro with a Modified Keyboard

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Apple announced the launch of new 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. The updated devices are with faster Intel 8-Core processors (8th– and 9th generation). The notebook will now deliver two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro. This makes it the fastest Mac notebook to date.

It is important to note that the 6 and 8-core options are limited to the 15-inch MacBook Pro models and can deliver Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, while the 13-inch devices are with updated quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz. The non-Touch Bar 13-inch models have not been updated by Apple.

Another change in the newest MacBook Pro computers is with the keyboard. While Apple says the vast majority of its customers are happy with the keyboard, they do take customer complaints seriously, and work to fix any issues.

To address the problem, Apple said they changed the material in the keyboard’s butterfly mechanism that should substantially reduce problems that some users have seen.

Apple does not go into detail about what are the new materials included in the butterfly keyboards, but just claim that the double key and missed key press issues will be cut down significantly.

The new notebooks feature the stunning 500 nits Retina display with P3 wide color gamut and True Tone technology, along with super-fast SSDs and the Apple T2 Security Chip. The versatile Thunderbolt 3 ports allows fast data transfer and charging. You can also connect up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs.

Whether it’s college students mastering a course of study, developers building world-class apps or video editors creating feature films, we’re constantly amazed at what our customers do with their MacBook Pro,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product Marketing. “Now with 8-core processors for an incredible performance boost, along with its stunning Retina display, fast storage, all-day battery life and running macOS, MacBook Pro continues to be the world’s best pro notebook and we can’t wait to get it into our customer’s hands to see what they do next.

Prices start at $1,799 and $2,399 for the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro respectively. Now they are available through Apple’s online store, and are expected to hit the Apple retain stores later this week.

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