Apple took advantage of the calm of the evening yesterday to update its MacBook Pro . If they take exactly the same chassis as the previous generation, they also bring many technical improvements.
In the end, we didn't have to wait for WWDC 2019 to discover the new MacBook Pros. Apple effectively updated its lineup yesterday evening without fanfare. A very surprising choice, given the many improvements made to their configuration.
Because indeed, it is not in terms of design that these new MacBook Pro will surprise you.
No design changes
True to form, Apple has chosen to use the chassis of previous models, a chassis that is still so thin and light. Count 1.8 kg for the larger 15-inch model.
No change either on the connection or ergonomics. The touchpad is still as imposing and the famous Touch Bar is of course present.
There is however something new in the keyboard. The architecture does not change and we thus remain on a butterfly keyboard, but the manufacturer has changed materials in order to “reduce” the risk of clogging. It will of course be necessary to wait a few weeks to find out if these modifications are sufficient. So far, the various measures taken by the firm have not really solved the problem.
As indicated above, it is mainly on the technical part that the brand has focused its attention.
New for the technical sheet
The new MacBook Pro thus have a technical data sheet refreshed for the occasion, especially on the 15-inch models. The most expensive indeed comes with an Intel Core i9, while the latter was originally offered as an option.
Here are the different configurations offered by Apple, in 13 inches:
- 7th Generation Intel Core i5 (dual-core, 2.3 GHz, Turbo Boost at 3.6 GHz), Iris Plus Graphics 640, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of SSD, two Thunderbolt 3 ports. 1499 €
- 7th Generation Intel Core i5 (dual-core, 2.3 GHz, Turbo Boost 3.6 GHz), Iris Plus Graphics 640, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of SSD, two Thunderbolt 3 ports. 1749 €
- 8th Generation Intel Core i5 (quad-core, 2.4 GHz, Turbo Boost to 4.1 GHz), Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Touch Bar, Touch ID, Four Thunderbolt ports 3. 1999 €
- 8th Generation Intel Core i5 (quad-core, 2.4 GHz, Turbo Boost to 4.1 GHz), Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8 GB of RAM, 512 GB of SSD, four Thunderbolt 3 ports. 2249 €
And those for the 15-inch models:
- Intel Core i7 (6-core, 2.6 GHz, 4.5 GHz Turbo Boost), Radeon Pro 555X with 4 GB of memory, 16 GB of RAM, 256 GB of SSD, Touch Bar, Touch ID, four ports Thunderbolt 3. 2799 €
- Intel Core i9 (octo-core, 2.3 GHz, Turbo Boost to 4.8 GHz), Radeon Pro 560X with 4 GB of memory, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of SSD, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, Touch Bar, Touch ID. 3299 €
As a bonus, Apple also offers a lot of paid options. On the more expensive model, for example, it will be possible to take the Intel Core i9 at 2.4 GHz as an option, with Turbo Boost at no less than 5 GHz. However, it is not given and you will have to pay € 220 to take advantage of it.
The same goes for RAM. The 32 GB are offered at 480 €. The Vega are also available as an option, at 300 € for a Vega 16 or at 420 € for a Vega 20.
On the storage side, we will have the choice between a 1 TB option (+ € 480), a 2 TB option (+ € 1200) and a 4 TB option (€ +3360).