Apple Updates MacBook Pro with 8-Core Processor

May 23 2019, 00:15
With Apple getting ready for its traditional WWDC event on June 3, where the company usually focuses on OS updates and technology announcements for developers, there was a discreet refresh of its best-selling professional notebook. Now with an 8-core processor, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is the fastest Mac notebook ever. The new machine, featuring the new configurable Touch Bar is clearly targeted at the graphics creation and video-editing markets.

Apple updated its MacBook Pro range with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. 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. These new processors, combined with powerful graphics, Retina display, super-fast SSDs, the Apple T2 Security Chip (Apple has issued a supplemental update for macOS Mojave 10.14.5 that fixes existing reported problems associated with the T2 chip, namely audio dropouts with old USB 2.0 interfaces), and increased all-day battery life.

Apple also reports the new MacBook Pro is more powerful than ever for compiling code, processing high-resolution images, rendering 3D graphics, editing multiple streams of 4K video and more. The 15-inch MacBook Pro now features faster 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, delivering Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz.

When compared to the fastest quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Pro with 8-core processors is up to two times faster, allowing music producers to play back massive multi-track projects with up to two times more Alchemy plug-ins in Logic Pro X, as an example. Scientists and researchers can compute complex fluid dynamics simulations up to 50 percent faster in TetrUSS, 3D designers can also render scenes up to two times faster in Maya, and photographers can apply complex edits and filters up to 75 percent faster in Photoshop. Video editors can edit up to 11 simultaneous multicam streams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X, and developers can compile code up to 65 percent faster in Xcode.

Along with the powerful new processors, MacBook Pro features a stunning Retina display with 500 nits of brightness, support for the P3 wide color gamut and True Tone technology. The notebooks also come with immersive stereo speakers with wide-stereo sound, the security and convenience of Touch ID, dynamic and contextual controls with Touch Bar and a large Force Touch trackpad. 

MacBook Pro also features blazing fast SSD storage, the Apple T2 Security Chip for enhanced security, and powerful and four versatile Thunderbolt 3 ports for data transfer, charging and connecting up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs.

Starting at $1,799 and $2,399 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro are available now through, the Apple Store app and in select Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at
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