Apple Debuts New 8-Core MacBook Pro With Updated Keyboard

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today announced the surprise launch of new 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, which are the fastest Mac notebooks ever at the top of the line. The updated machines feature Intel's 8th and 9th-generation processors, with high-end models featuring eight cores for the first time.


    According to Apple, the new MacBook Pro offers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro. The new 13-inch machines are using updated quad-core processors, with the 6 and 8-core options limited to the 15-inch models.

    Aside from new processors, the updated MacBook Pro machines continue to feature the same design, despite rumors that Apple would introduce a 16 to 16.5-inch MacBook Pro in 2019. There are some internal updates, though.

    Though not mentioned in the press release, The Loop confirms that the new machine has an updated keyboard. The new keyboard uses a new material that Apple says will cut down on the failure problems that users have seen.
    Apple did not explain what the "new materials" in the butterfly keyboard are, but said that the update will significantly cut down on issues like double key presses and missed key presses.

    According to The Verge, some existing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models that experience keyboard failures will have their keyboards replaced with the new 2019 keyboard that Apple has developed. Unfortunately, only MacBooks with the third-generation butterfly keyboard can get the updated 2019 keyboard, which includes the 2018 MacBook Pro and the 2018 MacBook Air.

    Apple is speeding up keyboard repair times in its retail stores, and extending its Keyboard Service Program to include the 2018 MacBook Pro and 2018 MacBook Air models, along with the new 2019 machines. The repair program lasts for four years after the first retail sale of a Mac machine.

    The MacBook Pro continues to feature "the best Mac notebook display ever" with 500 nits of brightness, P3 wide color gamut, and True Tone technology. It is equipped with Apple's T2 security chip, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and immersive stereo speakers like prior machines.
    The new MacBook Pro models are priced starting at $1,799 and $2,399, respectively, for the 13 and 15-inch models. The new machines are available today through Apple's online store and will be coming to Apple retail stores later this week. Apple has not updated the non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro machines.

    Article Link: Apple Debuts New 8-Core MacBook Pro With Updated Keyboard
  2. jcswim312 macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2008
    Boston, Massachusetts
    I've been waiting for the new MacBook Pro to get released! Today is the day! :)

    I'll have this purchased within the next two months in case there are any issues with it that are reported...
  3. outskirtsofinfinity macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2017
    Does it come with a keyboard that works?
  4. BtradI1 macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2009
  5. LawJolla macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2013
    It's exciting to see an Apple computer get regular updates again!
  6. HiVolt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
  7. AutisticGuy macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2018
    Until there’s a security problem and the processor has to be patched and runs at half speed.
  8. Blackstick macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2014
    Sunny South Florida
  9. benshive macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2017
    United States
    Wasn't the current design already causing throttling with 6 cores?
  10. Karllake macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2012
    Does this mean no 16 inch model anytime soon?
  11. Khedron macrumors 65816

    Sep 27, 2013
  12. lysingur macrumors regular


    Dec 30, 2013
    Apple seems to have pushed this out early solely to solve the keyboard problem. Thermal issue is left in the back-burner yet again. No pun intended.
  13. QandnotU macrumors newbie


    Jul 25, 2012
  14. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    How thin, no heft? Where do we go from here. "thinner...lighter...more intelligent"... $7995?
  15. linxy33 macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2012
  16. alexandr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2005
  17. moabal macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    Someone get this laptop to Dave 2D's freezer fast!
  18. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
  19. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    How do we adapt???
    --- Post Merged, May 21, 2019 ---
    It's Thunderbolt 8 :-D
  20. jimothyGator macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
  21. Zadillo macrumors 65832

    Jan 29, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I'm curious about this:

    "Apple also told me that any problems with the butterfly keyboard on any of its MacBook Pros would be covered at no cost to the customer. The company has also taken steps to improve the repair process, shortening the time it takes to make repairs to the keyboards"

    If earlier 2016/2017/2018 MBP keyboards need repairs, will they be repaired with this new material?

    EDIT: Found my answer on the Verge:

    "Some current MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar and 15-inch customers that bring in their keyboards for repair will actually have their keyboards replaced with ones that have these new materials, Apple says. That will only happen for MacBooks that have the third-generation butterfly keyboard today: the 2018 models of the MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air."

    So basically, if an earlier MBP has this problem, it will still be replaced with the older keyboard design that may fail anyway
  22. dan9700 Suspended


    May 28, 2015
    Is apple serious no re design no faster graphics just a cpu update, shame on apple give us something new like a new design
  23. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    I see what you’re doing there.....;)
  24. arefbe macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2010
    "Substantially reduce" keyboard problems? Not "eliminate" keyboard problems?
  25. Minxy macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2012
    Such a premium for a computer without an SD slot! There were no updates for months and then the Pro gets 3 updates in less than a year. I'd love one but I think I will wait for a model without a Touch Bar.

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