Monday, 24 June, 2019

Apple Announces World's First 8-Core MacBook Pro with All-Day Battery Life

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Cecil Davis | 22 May, 2019, 11:37

Although the internals are speedier and the keyboards are (hopefully) more durable, the overall design of the MacBook Pro models has remain unchanged.

This means the Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 per cent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro. Graphics performance from the Intel Iris Plus graphics should be comparable to the previous-gen 13-inch MacBook Pros, though. Notably, that means that Apple's flagship notebooks can now come with eight cores for the first time. Previously, the highest-end CPU you could put into the 15-inch MacBook Pro was a six-core chip with a 2.9GHz base clock and 4.8GHz turbo.

Apple has once again updated the MacBook Pro lineup, this time with a set of CPU tweaks across the 13-inch and 15-inch product families.

Apple says it has made changes to the keyboard mechanism on the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros to alleviate some of these concerns, which include debris getting stuck under the keys and preventing them from working. Apple told TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino that anyone who brings a malfunctioning third-generation butterfly keyboard (which shipped in MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models from the past year), it will be replaced with the new fourth-generation model.

The new 2019 MacBook Pros look identical to the 2018 models. However, similar symptoms have also been reported occurring in 2016 and 2017 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros. One MacBook Pro user started a petition reporting that his display's backlight was acting up.

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The petition has got over one million signatures. "I think it's necessary to have someone to talk to, and to help you through that".

"The eight-core processors are only available on the 15.4" models, but it can also be bought with six-core processors and Turbo Boost speeds of up to 5.0 GHz. In the base system, you'll find a quad-core 2.4GHz Core i5 processor (4.1GHz boost), which is up slightly from last year's model.

Apart from performance bumps they use the same GPUs and integrated graphics options, and have the same design. The program still only covers laptops "for 4 years after the first retail sale of the unit", but your MacBook is likely still eligible if it's on the list, even if you only have a few months to seek assistance before your eligibility runs out. If you're just outside the two-week window, you might be able to plead your case with an Apple Store employee in person, but we make no guarantees.

The company also is deploying its new keyboard to Apple Stores to be used in repairs.

The big question is if Apple has finally fixed the butterfly keyboard's inadequacies. How do you feel about Apple's updates? We'll have to wait for early purchasers to report back if and when they start having problems.