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8-core MacBook Pro Update, Finally: Starts S$2,599 (13″), S$3,499 (15″)

Touted by Apple to be the “fastest MacBook ever”, first-ever 8-core MacBook Pro has finally arrived. This comes with 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processor updates to the MacBook Pro lineup.

The updated MacBook Pro is touted to be the world’s best pro notebook. Image: Apple

With these updated processors, MacBook Pro can now dish out 40% more performance over the previous generation of 6-core MacBook Pro devices.

Heating issues have plagued the previous generation of MacBooks Pro, especially the 6-core version. Despite this, Apple claims the following speed boosts over the fastest quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro for various use cases:

  1. Logic Pro X can now support twice as many Alchemy plug-ins in multi-track projects.
  2. Maya Arnold can render 3D scenes up to two times faster.
  3. Photoshop applies edits and filters up to 75% faster.
  4. Xcode compiles code up to 65% faster.
  5. Final Cut Pro X can support editing up to 11 simultaneous streams of 4K footage.
Apple focuses on professional use cases and applications with the updated MacBook Pro. Image: Apple

Turbo Boost now delivers speeds of up to 5.0GHz on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, and up to 4.7GHz on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar with faster quad-core processors.

The other usual suspects are still there: a Retina display with 500 nits of brightness, with support for P3 wide colour gamut and True Tone display. TouchID working in conjunction with the Apple T2 Security Chip, along with the Touch Bar and a Force Touch trackpad is also retained on the latest MacBook Pro.

While updates to the MacBook Pro to the 9th-generation 8-core processors are the highlight of this announcement, this is limited to the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is limited to 8th-generation Coffee Lake processors. Furthermore, there is no news about the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar – some have suggested that the MacBook Air might have replaced it in the product lineup.

Ian Ling
http://uncommontragedy.com
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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