Just when you thought it was safe to go back into an Apple Store to compare prices and then buy a new Mac on Amazon, Apple drops the mic with yet another new upgrade. The MacBook Pro got some much delayed and mostly needed power.
For a price. This is kind of a no-brainer. The 13-inch MacBook Pro tops out with fewer ports, smaller display (Duh!), slower Intel Inside, less RAM and fewer SSD options, while Apple’s new 15-inch MacBook Pro is here to break the bank and the speed limit.
Power 4 Price
If power is what you want in a portable package, the 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with both, including Intel’s latest 9th generation i9 8-core Inside. Uh huh. That’s eight cores. 8. As in four times as much as the entry-level MacBook Pro.
These are the 2.3GHz, 8-core, 9th-generation Intel Core i9 Inside with a Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz. Take that, Dell XPS 13 or Microsoft Surface whatever. Not bad for $2,799. Just for comparison sake, I configured a comparably equipped Microsoft Surface Book 2— the 15-inch model with 16GB RAM, an older generation Intel Core i7 Inside, and 512GB of SSD Storage. $2,899.
We’re not really comparing Apple to apples here, but you get the idea. The new Mac is priced less and gives more power. Double the old quad-core MacBook Pro, 40-percent more than a less expensive 6-core model, and even more powerful graphics.
Now with 8-core processors for an incredible performance boost, along with its stunning Retina display, fast storage, all-day battery life and running macOS, MacBook Pro continues to be the world’s best pro notebook and we can’t wait to get it into our customer’s hands to see what they do next.
Surface Book 2 is the most powerful Surface laptop ever; built with power and versatility to be a laptop, tablet, and portable studio all-in-one.
Let the fun begin.
Dreams are free, and Apple helps customers and potential customers dream big by letting us price out the Mac we just cannot afford or justify.
I took the $2,799 starting price, upgraded to the 2.4GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 Inside– with Turbo Boost to 5.0GHz, added the 32GB RAM option, moved up to the Radeo Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory (whatever the hell that is), and topped it off with a whopping 4TB SSD storage. That’s four terabytes.
Don’t you feel good about the Mac you’re using now?
This might be the most powerful Mac notebook ever, and it upgrades the Mac line yet again, leaving only the entry-level MacBook and the Mac Pro as the Macs in need of another upgrade.