Apple Updates the MacBook Pro with Eight Cores


Apple has just refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup with 8th- and 9th-generation Intel® Core™ processors, and the top-tier model is equipped with eight cores, a first for the series. The MacBook Pro has long been a tool for media and content creators, including music producers, 3D designers, photographers, developers, scientists, researchers, and video editors, and this update delivers up to twice the performance of a quad-core MacBook Pro and up to 40% more performance than a six-core MacBook Pro. Behind these updated processors is the same framework that has helped shaped the MacBook Pro into the mobile powerhouse that it is—powerful graphics, a Retina display with 500 nits of brightness and the P3 wide color gamut, fast NVMe PCIe M.2 SSDs, Thunderbolt™ 3, the T2 security chip, long battery life, and macOS.

The eight-core processors are only available on the 15.4" models, which are also available with faster six-core processors and Turbo Boost speeds of up to 5.0 GHz, while the 13.3" Touch Bar models feature improved quad-core processors and Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz. These speeds will allow users to play back multi-track projects with more plug-ins in Logic Pro X, render scenes faster in Maya Arnold, apply complex edits and filters faster in Photoshop, compile code faster in Xcode, compute simulations faster in TetrUSS, and edit up to 11 simultaneous streams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X.

With eight cores in a laptop system, the power of desktops is getting more portable every day. How do you feel about Apple's updates? Please share your thoughts below.


I wish Apple would think again about not offering at least a six-core processor in the 13" line.  It's not about processor speed anymore, folks, it's about the number of processors.  If you doubt this, look to the copy above in re the 15"/16" line.  Cheers.

A few months ago I bought the newest macbook pro 13 inch with the touch bar.  I liked that I finally had support for H265 video so I could watch my drone footage without studder. However, this keyboard (supposed improved) is terrible to work with, clacky with some of the keys always somewhat of a problem.  Also the trackpad is hyper sensitive and not ignoring my palm brushes like previous versions.  So I end up working on my older versions or an external keyboard and mouse.  I am looking for a new 15 inch - but if it still has this shallow keyboard, I am going to wait till they truly fix this issues.

Why has Apple discontinued the 17" and 21" laptops. These new specs sound great but who wants to work on a 15 or 17 inch screen all day? Tell Apple to give the pros something usable as a portable work station.

They never made a 21" laptop though. I Understand the 17" but not the 21".