The highest-end laptop in Apple’s laptop portfolio is now even higher-end. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro ($1,789 at Amazon Marketplace) with Touch Bar features a processor upgrade — Intel’s eighth-gen six-core CPU — but sticks with the same $2,799 entry-level price as last year’s model. The new premium configuration, which includes a 2.9GHz Core i9, 4TB of SSD storage and 32GB of DDR4 memory, will set you back a whopping $6,699.
Aesthetically, the 2018 MacBook Pro is virtually identical to the version it replaces — same design and color options. All of the changes are on the inside; here’s a:
- New eighth-gen quad-core Intel CPU (i7 or i9).
- Support for twice as much RAM (now up to 32GB).
- Twice as much SSD storage capacity (now up to 4TB).
- New display support for True Tone, which optimizes colors to ambient light conditions.
- New T2 subprocessor for Touch ID security and encryption.
- Hands-free Siri (say “Hey, Siri” to activate).
- Modest tweaks to the super-flat butterfly keyboard intended to quiet key clack (but not to resolve .
Apple has also released a new version of the $1,799 discontinued the 15-inch 2015 MacBook Pro model — the last of the Pros to come equipped with USB-A, HDMI and a Mini DisplayPort connection. It’s all USB-C now, baby. (See the chart below for UK and Australian price info.), with a similar batch of incrementally upgraded components. You can still buy a , a solid value starting at $1,299, but Apple has
Otherwise, the remainder of the Mac portfolio remains unchanged. The rumors suggest that Apple may update the rest of the lineup — the 12-inch MacBooks ($1,289 at Amazon.com), the iMacs ($1,799 at Amazon.com) and the aging MacBook Air — before the end of 2018. Of course, that’s completely unofficial; the company hasn’t announced anything yet.
Alongside the new 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Apple also introduced a few new accessories — $179 13-inch and $199 15-inch leather laptop cases and a $699 Blackmagic external GPU, which features an integrated AMD Radeon Pro 580 card. College students can pick up a free pair of Beats headphones with the purchase of the new MacBook Pros under Apple’s annual Back to School program.
Here’s how the new 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models compare with their 2017 predecessors:
2018 vs. 2017 Apple MacBook Pro specs
|13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018)||13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2017)||15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018)||15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2017)|
|Starting price (USD)||$1,799||$1,799||$2,399||$2,399|
|Starting price (UK)||£1,749||£1,749||£2,349||£2,349|
|Starting price (AUS)||AU$2,699||AU$2,699||AU$3,499||AU$3,499|
|Display||13.3-inch 2,560×1,600-pixel||13.3-inch 2,560×1,600-pixel||15.4-inch 2,880×1,880-pixel||15.4-inch 2,880×1,880-pixel|
|Pixel density||227 PPI||227 PPI||220 PPI||220 PPI|
|Dimensions (imperial)||11.97 x 8.36 inches||11.97 x 8.36 inches||13.75 x 9.48 inches||13.75 x 9.48 inches|
|Dimensions (metric)||304 x 212mm||304 x 212mm||349 x 241mm||349 x 241mm|
|Thickness||0.59 in. (14.9mm)||0.59 in. (14.9mm)||0.61 in. (15.5mm)||0.61 in. (15.5mm)|
|Weight||3.02 lb. (1.37kg)||3.02 lb. (1.37kg)||4.02 lb. (1.83kg)||4.02 lb. (1.83kg)|
|Operating system||MacOS High Sierra||MacOS High Sierra||MacOS High Sierra||MacOS High Sierra|
|Processors||2.3GHz 4-core Intel i5||3.1GHz 2-core Intel i5||2.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7||2.8GHz 4-core Intel i7|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Plus 655||Intel Iris Plus 650||AMD Radeon Pro 650X (4GB)||AMD Radeon Pro 555 (2GB)|
|Up-spec||2.7GHz 4-core Intel i7||3.5GHz 2-core Intel i7||2.9GHz 6-core Intel i9, Radeon Pro 560X (4GB)||3.1GHz 4-core Intel i7, Radeon 560 (4GB)|
|Storage||256GB / 512GB / 1TB / 2TB||256GB / 512GB / 1TB||512GB / 1TB / 2TB / 4TB||256GB / 512GB / 2TB|
|RAM||8GB / 16GB||8GB / 16GB||16GB / 32GB||16GB|
|Battery (Apple estimate)||10 hours||10 hours||10 hours||10 hours|
|Networking||802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2||802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2||802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2||802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Ports||4x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), any can charge; 1x 3.5mm headset||4x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), any can charge; 1x 3.5mm headset||4x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), any can charge; 1x 3.5mm headset||4x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), any can charge; 1x 3.5mm headset|
|Cameras||720p FaceTime HD||720p FaceTime HD||720p FaceTime HD||720p FaceTime HD|
|Touch Bar/Touch ID||Yes, powered by T2 subprocessor||Yes, powered by T1 subprocessor||Yes, powered by T2 subprocessor||Yes, powered by T1 subprocessor|
|Trackpad||Force Touch||Force Touch||Force Touch||Force Touch|
|Colors||Space gray, silver||Space gray, silver||Space gray, silver||Space gray, silver|
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