Apple Updates MacBook Pro Models with 8th Gen Processors & True Tone Display


Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models to incorporate 8th Gen Intel Core processors, True Tone technology, and the Apple T2 chip.

The 15.4" models now feature 8th Gen Intel Core i7 six-core processors, which are up to 70 percent faster than 2017 predecessors, while the 13.3" models now feature 8th Gen Intel Core i5 quad-core processors, which are up to twice as fast as the previous models. The 15.4" models now utilize DDR4 onboard RAM and can be configured up to 32GB for optimal multitasking. These models feature a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro 555X or 560X graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The 13.3" models utilize integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 or 655.

Both the 15.4" and 13.3" models still have Retina Displays, but now support True Tone technology. With True Tone technology, the white balance is automatically adjusted to match the color temperature of the light around you for a more natural viewing experience. Combine that with bright LED backlighting, a high contrast ratio, and a P3 wide color gamut, and you'll have a vibrant viewing experience. Need to output video to an external display? You can use any of the four Thunderbolt 3 ports with a DisplayPort adapter (sold separately).

The Apple T2 chip makes its way to the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. The Apple T2 chip delivers enhanced system security with support for secure boot and on-the-fly encrypted storage. It also works with the Touch ID sensor, so you can log in quickly with your fingerprint. Touch ID enables a quick, accurate reading of your fingerprint and uses sophisticated algorithms to recognize and match it with the Secure Enclave in the Apple T2 chip. You can now also use the "Hey Siri" function on the Mac. Additionally, the keyboard has been improved for a quieter typing experience. macOS High Sierra is the installed operating system, and it can be upgraded to macOS Mojave, due out this fall.

To see all mid-2018 Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, please click here.


And yet, Mac OS 9 is still more configurable than either High Sierra or Mojave (yay for two choices of OS themes).

Does the keyboard work on this model? Do they give you a can of air to try to fix it when it breaks?