Today, Apple announced a hefty refresh of the MacBook Pro. The top end now comes with up to six cores, 32 GB of RAM, and up to 4 TB of SSD storage. The price of that storage might make you fall over, but these are updates for which power users have been waiting for for far too long.
To be clear, it's the 15-inch model that will offer the highest-end specifications, as it historically always has. In addition to a 2.9 GHz (4.8 GHz with Turbo Boost) i9 six-core processor, increased maximum RAM, double the storage, and a standard 4 GB GDDR5 discrete graphics, the entire lineup has some additional updates, including a True Tone display that automatically adjusts color based on ambient light (technology first introduced in the iPad), a T2 security chip with a secure enclave for "Hey, Siri," enhanced system-wide security (first introduced in the iMac Pro), and a third-generation, quieter keyboard.
The previous versions of the keyboard have been a pain-point for customers and Apple for their lack of reliability since the switch to the newer, thinner butterfly keys, about which there are now multiple lawsuits. So, an upgrade here will be welcome for many and might include tweaks to fix the issues that have plagued earlier generations of butterfly keyboards. However, as reported by The Verge, Apple claims the updated keyboard design only enables quieter typing and is not intended to solve any of the previously reported issues. Apple maintains that the keyboard issues have affected a very small portion of customers and stands by its keyboard design with an extended, four-year replacement program should something go wrong.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro now tops out at 2 TB of SSD storage, a 2.7 GHz (4.8 GHz with Turbo Boost) i7 quad-core processor, and 16 GB of RAM. This model still relies on integrated graphics and starts at $1,299, going up to $3,699 fully loaded.
This all comes at a cost, however, the most notable of which is seen with a fully loaded 15-inch MacBook Pro, which now reaches well over $7,000 after taxes thanks to the $2,000 upgrade to a 4 TB SSD over the $1,200 2 TB option. Other pricey upgrades include the 32 GB RAM and processor upgrades, although they are all six-core options on the 15-inch model. If you opt for the base model 15-inch MacBook Pro with just 256 GB of SSD storage, expect to shell out at least $2,399. But be aware that upgrading the base model is very cost-ineffective compared to starting with the higher-end configuration to begin with.
All new models are available to order today online and will be at Apple retail stores later this week.
Update: Pre-orders are now available at B&H for some configurations.