2018 13-Inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Has Four Full-Speed Thunderbolt 3 Ports

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has confirmed that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is equipped with four full-speed Thunderbolt 3 ports.


    2018 models ship with Intel's eighth-generation Core i5 or Core i7 processors, which both support up to 16 PCI Express lanes, providing enough bandwidth for maximum data transfer speeds up to 40Gb/s on all four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

    2016 and 2017 models of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar could be configured with sixth- and seventh-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which supported up to 12 PCI Express lanes, limiting full speeds to the two left-side Thunderbolt 3 ports, with reduced bandwidth on the right-side ports.

    Now, users have the freedom to plug higher-performance peripherals into any Thunderbolt 3 port they desire without compromise.

    All three generations of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar have always had four full-speed Thunderbolt 3 ports, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys has only two Thunderbolt 3 ports, both full speed.

    Article Link: 2018 13-Inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Has Four Full-Speed Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  2. seatton, Jul 19, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2018

    seatton macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    Cool I just got mine two days ago but I have not tried those ports yet since my USB C to USB connectors have not arrived yet. Everything I own uses USB - much of a Pro issue.
  3. Klae17 macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2011
    Great update this time around Apple. Do it every year. For all devices. Kthxbye.
  4. Scooz macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2012
    Perfect. Wanted to ask about it but didn‘t find the „problem“ description for the former generation :/

    Makes the 13“ a nice eGPU base unit.
  5. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Really interesting. That will make the choice that much harder for a few colleagues of mine! I still like the 15".
  6. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Now I‘d like to see as many vote ups as complaints back than please.
  7. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Finally, there’s nothing worse than the average consumer not knowing the difference because it’s not obvious.
  8. Ploki macrumors 68020

    Jan 21, 2008
  9. The Mercurian macrumors 68000

    Mar 17, 2012
    Ha me too - I wanted to ask but didnt' know how to describe it :D
  10. saffronofthesky macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2018
    So does the 13 inch now support 2x LG UltraFine 5k Displays? All sources points to no, is it because of limitations with the integrated GFX card?
  11. eattherich macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2011
    Great news! I figured it'd be the same as last year but this is good to hear, especially as I have a 13" ordered. ;)
  12. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    Very cool. Now is there any chance they release a 4 port non touchbar model? Heck, I'd even settle for the 2 port non touchbar macbookpro being updated.
  13. Fidgetyrat macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2008
    Little chance. Apple likes to double down on their bad decisions rather than back pedle.
  14. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    No. From https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs/ :
  15. neowolfwitch macrumors newbie


    Oct 2, 2015
    I hope they are more reliable now too. My 1st gen. 13" MBP with Touchbar is unreliable as hell when it comes to external displays over Thunderbolt 3. The 15" ones don't seem to have the same issues. Even the Genius Bar confirmed that they have a LOT of problems with the 13" ones.
  16. robinp macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    This is looking like a great little machine albeit somewhat overpriced compared to just a 3 years ago.
  17. lpolarityl macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2009
    Now users can be confident that they can purchase really nice, high RPM Thunderbolt fans to cool the chassis if they have i9 models. :]
  18. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

    Mr. Dee

    Dec 4, 2003
    I wonder if Apple is still working on those displays they promised would launch with the next Mac Pro in 2019?
  19. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    I don't think so. The Macbook escape as some people call it it intended to be a cheaper alternative to the MBP with TB.
    Putting 4 high speed ports and maybe a similar CPU would make the 2 models too similar, so either they'd have to raise the price or they'll sell less TB models and lose money.
  20. ka-spot macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2012
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    4! ...and there is still an audio jack... ! I'm sold!
  21. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    I tested mine out yesterday on all ports and was pleasantly surprised.

    It's an awesome machine for $1800. I switched from mechanical drives to 3D nand SATA M.2 SSD sticks for external data, and my computing experience just evolved from 1999 to 2020--zippy and versatile!
  22. MacLawyer macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2009
  23. delrealest macrumors newbie


    Jun 26, 2018
    I wish I would have waited to order my Mac! The two extra ports would have been useful to have. Thankfully the USB-C external monitor I have powers up my Mac and has extra ports to make up for the difference. How long until Apple gets rid of the audio jack like it did on new iPhones?! That's the problem with being an Apple fan; You always have to be ready for the future.
  24. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    I’d rather have a single USB port than 4 thunderbolt ports.
  25. Nicksd84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    Thank god. It really upgrades the dongle experience.

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