Apple updates MacBook Pros with new processors and a revised keyboard

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Apple quietly updated its MacBook Pro line to include new 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors. This update also brings the first 8-core CPU offering to the MacBook Pro. Apple also updated the design of the keyboard for better reliability. Here’s everything you need to know.

According to Apple, “MacBook Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever.”

Apple offers two versions of the 9th generation 8-core processor. The $2,799 15-inch configuration receives a 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, while both the baseline and $2,799 model can be configured up to a 2.4GHz 8‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz for an additional $200.

With the most exciting upgrades coming to the 15-inch model, Apple updated the higher-end Touch Bar 13-inch models with a 2.4GHz 8th Gen quad-core i5 processor that can be upgraded to a 2.8GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 processor for $300.

The baseline MacBook Pro 15-inch comes with an updated 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up from 2.2GHz from last year.

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While Apple didn’t speak about the 4th generation keyboard mechanism, The Verge reported: “Apple says that it is using “new materials” in the switch mechanism that should significantly reduce the occurrence of double and missed key presses. It will ship on the new MacBook Pro 15-inch and MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar that it just announced.”

“Whether it’s college students mastering a course of study, developers building world-class apps or video editors creating feature films, we’re constantly amazed at what our customers do with their MacBook Pro,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product Marketing. “Now with 8-core processors for an incredible performance boost, along with its stunning Retina display, fast storage, all-day battery life and running macOS, MacBook Pro continues to be the world’s best pro notebook and we can’t wait to get it into our customer’s hands to see what they do next.”

The new MacBook Pro models are available to order online today. Apple says that they will be available in Apple Stores later this week.

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