Apple has decided to forego all the pomp and circumstance of the upcoming WWDC event to announce a refresh to its MacBook Pro models. The company has made some pretty compelling changes to the devices that could help convince anyone who’s been on the fence about purchasing Apple’s higher-end laptop.
New MacBook Pro Upgrades
The first major update to the MacBook Pro comes to the processor. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is getting a new quad-core processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7GHz. The larger (and more expensive) 15-inch models get six and eight-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0GHz. Apple says that compared to the fastest quad-core processor, the new eight-core model is up to twice as fast.
Interestingly, Apple also made some changes to the keyboard on the MacBook Pro. Apple told The Wall Street Journal that it changed the material used in the keyboard mechanism. Apparently, it’ll help with the double keyboard presses that some users were reporting.
The 13-inch starts with 8BG RAM and a 256GB SSD for storage. For the 15-inch, both the six-core and eight-core model features 16GB RAM, but the eight-core model comes with a 512GB SSD, while the six-core variant features a 256GB SSD.
New MacBook Pro Availability
Both the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models are available now. The 13-inch model goes for $1,799. For the 15-inch, the six-core model sells for $2,399 and the eight-core model goes for $2,799. Interested buyers can snag either one from anywhere Macs are normally sold.
Apple Expands Keyboard Warranty
Additionally, Apple announced some changes to the warranty offered on its laptop keyboards. The company announced that all laptops with butterfly keyboards are eligible for the new repair program, including the new 2019 models.
Apple has a full list of models covered on its support website with a detailed breakdown of what is covered and what isn’t. Basically, anyone with an eligible device can get their keyboard repaired free of charge as long as it’s having buttons repeat unexpectedly, letters or characters not appearing, or keys feeling sticky.
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