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Apple just quietly updated its MacBook Pro with new Intel chips and redesigned keyboards

Published Jul 12th, 2018 9:14AM EDT
MacBook Pro 2018 Release Date
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Apple did not come out with any new hardware at WWDC 2018 in early June. There was no iPhone SE, no new iPad Pro, and no new Macs. We all assumed that all those new products would be unveiled later this summer at the company’s iPhone event, but then Thursday morning happened. Out of the blue, Apple unveiled its 2018 MacBook Pro models, which are available to order right away.

Just like rumors suggested, the new MacBook Pro will ship with the latest Intel Core chips available as well as plenty of RAM.

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The 15-inch MacBook Pro is getting a six-core chip, which should improve performance by up to 70%. The 13-inch model is getting a quad-core Intel chip for up to two times faster performance. Support for up to 32GB of RAM is also in the cards, just as previously rumored. Storage is also getting a bump all the way up to 4TB of SSD for the 15-inch model, and up to 2TB on the 13-inch laptop.

Hidden in the press release is a much-needed update, a “third-generation keyboard” for “quieter typing.” Hopefully, it’s also a keyboard that doesn’t malfunction as often as the previous two. Another notable new MacBook Pro feature is the True Tone support. Both the Retina screen and the Touch Bar are getting it.

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A new T2 chip brings “enhanced system security” as well as support for always-on “Hey Siri” support.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,799 while the 15-inch MacBook Pro has a $2,399 base price. In its press release, Apple also said that the new Pro models are included in Apple’s Back to School promo starting today — you get a pair of qualifying Beats headphones with the purchase of a Mac or iPad Pro for college, as well as education pricing on Mac, iPad Pro, AppleCare, and other products.

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Finally, here are the specs of Apple’s new MacBook Pro models:

15-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights

  • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory
  • Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory in every configuration
  • Up to 4TB of SSD storage
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

13-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights

  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM
  • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM
  • Up to 2TB of SSD storage
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.