Why is no one blaming Intel? Everyone is just s****** on Apple and saying crazy things like “fraud”. I told everyone NOT to get the new 2017 Macbook Pro over the 2016 because the performance would be Identical (except 10bit video). I was right. Apple wasn’t in a rush to upgrade these laptops for good reason. Intel really Isn’t making better, cooler, laptop CPU’s. They really aren’t. Forget the BS benchmark tests. I’m talking real Pro use like video/photo editing, etc. Even going back to the 2015 model to the 2016, Apple upgraded the entire laptop, top to bottom, and It was amazing (except keyboard reliability). But the CPU performance was close, too close. Over the last 5 years Intel has struggled to make a faster performing Laptop CPU. I’m talking about a REAL laptop. Not those 12lb windows desktop replacement computers, that they still call laptops for marketing reaons. Since Intel is slacking and feeling the heat from AMD, they needed to do something before they lose big customers like Apple to AMD. So what so they do? Well, let’s just add more cores. That should solve the issue of minimal performance gains over the years in the 4 core laptop space. Right? Unfortunately, you can’t just stuff 2 more cores into a CPU and expect it to run just as cool without a major redesign of the architecture and process. Furthermore, INTEL, NOT APPLE is giving these i9 cpu’s performance specs that are completely unreachable in a modern lightweight, and thin laptop. Did people really think 6 core would run at 4.8GHz in a portable and thin laptop? I mean come on. Really? Shame on Intel. These 6 core CPU’s especially the i9 should be reserved for the 12lb windows laptops with two power bricks and desktop class cooling. But wait, it’s Apple fault for using and offering it… I know some of you are thinking that. Well here’s the thing, EVERYONE was complaining, on and on and on about the Macbook Pro not getting “spec” updates with the latest and greatest from Intel. Now you have it, but you’re going to still complain on and on and on. Apple Can’t win. The bottom line is the Macbook Pro is a real portable, thin and lightweight machine. I have a 2016 spec’d out model and it’s the best computer I’ve ever owned. I love that it’s quiet, I love that its thin, I love that it’s lightweight. If Apple built a Macbook Pro around the i9 so it wouldn’t throttle it would turn into a gross, ugly, windows 12lb laptop that’s even more expensive than the current MBPs. So it will never happen. Intel is really to blame here and rather than throwing more cores at the problem without a major redesign in architecture and process, it’s only hurting itself. And it’s further hurting itself by the outrageous claims of base clocks and 4.8GHz Turbo. But imagine if Apple didn’t offer this i9 in the laptops, EVERYONE would go crazy. I think this gives AMD an opening to come in and take business from Intel which I predict will happen in the next year or so. Intel has had major issues the past couple of years, (I’m not going to go into detail here because it’s so much, but those of you who know, know what I’m talking about.) If you have a 2016 or 2017 15” MBP there is NO reason to upgrade to the new models.