Apple surprised everyone today with the release of new MacBook Pro models, and the retirement of the oldest in the line. The new models look essentially the same, but there are a lot of changes under the hood.
You can now get quad-core processors for the 13-inch and 6-core processors for the 15-inch. Memory configurations now run up to 32GB. Storage configurations now run up to 4TB SSD drives. The display has been updated to a True Tone Retina display, and a new T2 security chip for Touch ID is included. What most people are wondering is whether the much lamented keyboard has been updated. And indeed it has. These now have a third-generation thin keyboard which hopefully breaks less and performs better than the keyboards in the previous models. Apple does say it is quieter, which is also a problem with the old models.
The prices range from $1,299 for the base 13-inch model to more than $6,000 if you want the 15-inch model with all specifications and features at maximum. Apple has retired the 2015 MacBook Pro, which was the only model they were offering that didn’t include Thunderbolt 3 and other modern features.