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.