Features from both the iPad Pro and iMac Pro make an appearance in the 2018 MacBook Pros.
The 2018 Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch releases offer upgraded configurations with 8th generation Intel processors. The MacBook Pros also feature more cores than before: a maximum of six cores in the 15-inch model, up from four in the model released last year; and four cores in the 13-inch model, up from two previously. The maximum SSD capacity is also doubled and the MacBook Pro line now offers DDR4 RAM for the first time ever.
The T2 chip and True Tone are borrowed features from the iMac pro and iPad Pro. The T2 is a great feature, as it facilitates a secure boot feature, encrypts files in storage on the fly, manages SSDs, and enables Hey Siri. True Tone adjusts the white balance of the screen based on ambient light to maintain eye comfort and achieve a more natural look.
The MacBook Pro also features a revised butterfly keyboard. This new keyboard has the same dimensions and look as its two predecessors, but the keys are quieter. They also have a softer feel that is closer to the pre-2016 models’ chiclet keys. It’s probably not enough of a change to convert users that dislike the previous versions of the butterfly keyboard, but should prove to be a nice change for those that liked the previous butterfly keyboard designs.
The included GPU is an 8GB Radeon Pro 580. The enclosure is priced at $699. With this release also comes an Apple-sanctioned eGPU solution.
Apple worked with Blackmagic Design to develop a different approach to eGPU enclosures. Blackmagic Design is known for high-end hardware products for photographers, video editors, and others. The new eGPU integrates the GPU into the enclosure rather than offering one or more PCIe slots. It also supports Thunderbolt displays and provides power to the laptop with 85W charging.
Overall, these 2018 MacBook Pros add some great upgraded specs to the MacBook Pro lineup.
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