Apple introduces its fastest MacBook Pro with latest-gen Intel Core processors

Kelley Robertson
May 23, 2019

The new MacBook Pro laptops will have access to Intel's latest eighth and ninth-generation Core processors; no surprises there.

The 13-inch model has also received processor updates.

If you want even more power, the top-end $2,799 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes with an updated Core i9 processor, with speeds up to 4.8GHz. It gains 14nm "Coffee Lake Refresh" 9th-generation Intel processors with six and eight cores.

Though Apple maintains that most MacBook Pro owners haven't experienced any keyboard issues, it nevertheless made changes. The Turbo Boost speeds on the new Intel Core processors go up as much as 4.7.

The MacBook Pro keyboard mechanism has had a materials change in the mechanism. That membrane may have helped in some cases, but certainly didn't solve all the problems (Reddit user cil3x tore down a MacBook Pro and proved that dust wasn't the real problem).

With any luck, the fourth generation of Butterfly keyboards will finally solve the issues, so customers will rarely have to take their MacBooks in for keyboard fix. But for the base model which starts at $2399, Apple is selling the 15-inch model with a 9th gen 6-core i7 processor clocked at 2.6GHz, with the ability to Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz.

Apple's upgrading the MacBook Pro's specs - and its keyboards too.

Apple's not using that name themselves, but the new switches feature a redesigned version of the switch with a change to the materials in the mechanism.

"The issue is design anorexia", says Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, a company that provides tools and guides to fix electronic devices. There's also been yet another tweak to the controversial butterfly keyboard Apple first introduced in 2015. While it is completely normal now for Apple to leave entire products languishing without any updates for years (see previous generation Mac mini and current Mac Pro), to have only certain models — or more specifically, the cheaper ones — in a product range be outdated is certainly a new low for the Mac range and Apple in general. The notebooks were available to order on the company's website and the Apple Store app on May 21. The fact that Apple is going this far out of its way to appease frustrated consumers is proof enough that the sheer number of complaints has forced Apple's hand, but it remains to be seen whether the company has done enough.

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