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Apple: New MacBook Pro 2018 Released | Design | Review | Features | Specs

Apple has released a noteworthy refresh to its MacBook Pro laptop line, 13 months after the past revive on 7 June 2017 at WWDC 2017. The new laptops, which land in time for the vital class kickoff/school purchasing period, are accessible with 13in and 15in screens and highlight new eighth-gen Intel Coffee Lake processors, extended capacity and RAM alternatives, T2 subsystem controller chips and True Tone screens. 

Design and Keyboard 

Apple: New MacBook Pro 2018 Released | Design | Review | Features | Specs
Remotely, the new MacBooks look the same as the 2017 models - every one of the progressions are inward. That might be a stress for a few, since there have been whispers of discontent about the keyboard of the past couple of ages of MacBook Pro which it appears are tormented by an issue where residue can render certain keys pointless. 

Fortunately the new MacBook Pro has another keyboard that Apple depicts in the public statement as "an enhanced third-age keyboard for calmer writing." Given that the MacBook Pro keyboard is not really stunning, you might ponder what the purpose of the change is. Well fortunately the calmer keyboard gives off an impression of being a side effect of another change that was seen by iFixIt. 

At the point when iFixIt did its tear down of the new MacBook Pro they saw that Apple has cased the butterfly switches in a thin, silicone hindrance, which iFixIt accept is proposed to keep the residue and scraps from stalling out. This new design will, ideally, stay away from the issues that are tormenting the previous couple of ages of keyboards with the 'butterfly' design. 

An Apple patent application distributed in March looks surprisingly like this silicone overlay design that the new keyboards are utilizing - and it was portrayed as a "contaminant entrance counteractive action as well as lightening [mechanism]." Suggesting that the design was concocted to avoid the issues individuals are looking with the more established keyboard design. 

While Apple has said that the "new third-age keyboard wasn't designed to understand those [dust] issues," (as indicated by a Verge report), iFixIt recommends that "the calm point is, truly, a conceal." 

Lamentably the new keyboards aren't totally unbreakable - we don't recommend utilizing one on the shoreline for instance. iFixIt has 'torment tried' the new MacBook Pro and found that "simply like last time, a couple of inadequately set particles convey the relentless butterfly sensible, never to click again." 

Apple: New MacBook Pro 2018 Released | Design | Review | Features | Specs
The site pumped the keyboard "brimming with particulates to test our entrance sealing hypothesis", at first the silicon boundary completed a great job, yet in the end "with the expansion of more particulate and some forceful composing, the residue inevitably enters under the shielded clasps, and gets over the switch—so the entrance sealing isn't fullproof right now." 

It's improbable that a MacBook Pro will really experience this sort of stress testing in ordinary use, iFixit proposes that utilizing it in a dusty room "won't execute it" however dissuades perusers from utilizing it on the shoreline. 

At the point when Apple presented the redesigned butterfly component keyboard with the MacBook Pro in 2016, it appears that various individuals had issues with keys rehashing characters and different keys not working. Others asserted they made a shrill sound, and it is said a minor spec of residue can render a keyboard pointless with the goal that the entire front of the MacBook should be replaced.

New features and Specs

Let's start with the headline specs for the two main models, before going on to discuss them in more depth.

MacBook Pro 13in (2018) specs
  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz
  • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM
  • Up to 2TB SSD storage
  • True Tone display
  • Apple T2 chip
  • Touch Bar
MacBook Pro 15in (2018) specs
  • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory
  • Up to 4TB SSD storage
  • True Tone display
  • Apple T2 chip
  • Touch Bar


Another upgrade: RAM now tops out at 32GB for the 15in model instead of 16GB. Previously, all the 13in models offered 8GB of RAM (although there was a build-to-order option for 16GB). The 15in models shipped with 16GB RAM as standard.
Storage. You can now get a 4TB SSD on the 15in Pro; the maximum in the 2017 generation was 2TB.


All of the new MacBook Pros models get the T2 subsystem controller chip previously seen in the iMac Pro. This isn't the main system processor - that duty is taken by the eighth-gen Core chip - but is instead tasked with running the subsystems and producing a simplified internal design. Our colleagues on Macworld US called the T2 "the start of a Mac revolution".

True Tone screen

Intriguingly, Apple has equipped the new MacBooks with True Tone screens. Apple's True Tone technology was first demonstrated in the 2016 iPad Pro: it adjusts colour and brightness output to compensate for changing environmental lighting conditions. It's a subtle feature but we're pleased to see it make the switch to macOS.

There are no other changes to the screen we know about. Apple has not yielded to calls for it to include a 4K display, for instance; screen resolution remains the same as previously.

Battery life

Apple hasn't made any claims about improved battery life for the new MacBook models. However, the reduced power-consumption made possible by Coffee Lake mean there may be some improvements in this area. As ever, we will follow up with lab results when we've run them.

Touch Bar

All of the updated MacBook Pro models come with a Touch Bar (and therefore Touch ID). Apple will continue to sell a non-Touch Bar 13in model, but it's not updated.

We feel that the Touch Bar is a gimmick, and the fact that Apple hasn't rolled it out to any other Macs to date means that developers aren't updating their apps to support it. But the wide support for it here shows that Apple is committed to the concept.

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