With an 8th Gen Intel processor and better graphics … I’m all of a sudden very tempted!
Apple unveiled some refreshed MacBook Pros this week, and I promised we’d be getting a unit to review ASAP. Sure enough, look what arrived in the mail today: a shiny, new 13-inch Mac. As you can see, the exterior design is the same as the previous-gen MacBook Pro’s, from the unibody aluminum enclosure to that giant Force Touch trackpad.
Most of the changes here are under the hood (think: quad-core processors on the 13-inch model), so it’s going to take a few days to test things like speed, graphics performance and battery life. We’ll post a full review next week (and, ya know, spend the weekend indoors putting this thing through its paces). For now, here’s a first look at some of the more noticeable differences.
Anyway, as I said, there are lots of under-the-hood upgrades here: quad-core processors on the 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro and six cores standard on the 15-inch model. There are also improved graphics and a larger battery inside both models to offset that heavier-duty processing power. The 15-inch model, which we’re not testing this go-round, packs up to 32GB of RAM and up to 4TB of storage. (The 13-inch model now maxes out at 2TB, up from 1TB on the previous-gen edition.)
These are just the sort of things we’ll be testing in our full review — and precisely the things that will matter most to the professionals this thing is aimed at. After all, anyone paying $1,499 and up for an upgraded 13-inch Pro (or $2,399 and up for the 15, no less) will need more than a quiet keyboard to be convinced.