Well, here we are in the dog days of summer and what does Apple do that nobody expected; at least, expected for awhile longer? New MacBook Pro models. Sure, we knew new Macs were coming; they just had to be.
Why? Because the current line, sans iMac Pro, were getting long in the tooth. How did Apple respond to the cries from so-called Mac professional users? As Tim The Toolman Taylor said, More Power! And a bigger price tag. Let me max one out for you.
MacBook Pro models have been the mainstay and flagship of the Mac line for many years. Today, more than 80-percent of all Macs sold are Mac notebooks, so it’s noteworthy when Apple launches a new model, and particularly noteworthy when the device is, uh, well, kinda sorta mostly, um, worthy.
Yep, MacBook Pro 2018 comes with some beastly power in a smaller package. They butterfly keyboard has been improved, iPad-like True Tone technology made it to the Retina display, and Intel upped its Inside game with 6-core and quad-core 8th generation chips. Oh, did I mention 32GB of RAM and 4TB of SSD storage?
Yeah, we’re still stuck with Touch Bar and Touch ID and there’s no MagSafe adapter anymore (or standard USB ports) but Apple answered the professional users’ prayers, so lets’ price out the max Mac.
Gone is the old 2015 MacBook Pro. Long live MagSafe. We hardly knew ye. In its place we get a 13-inch quad-core, 8th generation Intel i5 processor with the standard 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $1,799. That includes four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, but also comes with True Tone and Touch Bar with Touch ID.
This upgrade relegates the previous and still available entry-level MacBook Pro models to a different level that is more akin to entry-level MacBook models.
Alright, let’s crank this baby up in price. First, the new 13-inch model with Touch Bar, Touch ID, and no Face ID camera and sensor.
This little puppy and baby brother to the real pro model, still retains 16GB RAM at the high end, but also has a 2TB SSD storage option, yet its an 8th generation quad-core Intel Inside. It isn’t exactly a slouch but you need to cough up $3,699 for the privilege of getting close to, but not quite touching, the power user professional level.
That is reserved for the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
The high end MacBook Pro, circa 2018, starts life at $2,799 with an 8th generation Coffee Lake Intel Inside, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage to match the True Tone Retina display and Radeon Pro 560X GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro model can be maxed out with a 2.9GHz 6-core 8th generation i9 CPU with a turbo boost (whatever the hell that means) up to 4.8GHz. RAM? We got RAM. 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage? How about an option for 4TB of SSD storage? You get all that for a measly $6,699.
That’s the price of power mobility these days. More than $1,000 more would get you a similarly equipped but more powerful iMac Pro, so, yes, the new MacBook Pro models are for professionals.
If you have the money and the need.
While the new MacBook Pro line has a third generation low-travel butterfly keyboard (third time is the charm) there are some missing items. For example, where is Face ID? What about MagSafe?
Baby steps, professionals. Apple has improved the MacBook Pro line in incremental steps and the result is, well, improvement. At a price.