The company claims it has sped up the repair times, too, though it declined to give a promised length of repair time or say how it has changed its repair processes.The keyboard changes are almost certainly the biggest news around these new 2019 MacBooks, since keyboards are an essential part of, well, using a laptop. Apple has maintained that the vast majority of MacBook customers have had positive experiences, but the faulty keyboards have been a black eye for Apple’s iconic product line.
Speed It UpIn addition to the new keyboards, though, the 2019 MacBook Pros with TouchBar are also getting significant speed bumps, in an attempt to make the machines even more worthy of their “pro” moniker and make them more appealing despite their past issues.The laptops will have eight-core processors for the first time, which Apple claims will make the new machines deliver as much as 40 percent more performance and run apps like Photoshop as much as 75 percent faster, depending on the configuration. The 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with options of a ninth-generation six-core or eight-core Intel processor and Turbo Boost speeds of up to 5.0 gigahertz. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with TouchBar now has updated, eighth-generation Intel quad-core processors, a bump up from the dual-core processors on the prior models, and Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 gigahertz.Prices for the new MacBook Pros will be unchanged from the previous generation, which means they'll range from $1,799 for the base-model 13-inch laptop with a TouchBar up to $2,799 for the 15-inch eight-core model with TouchBar. There will also be a model that can be configured up to an Intel ninth-generation Core i9 eight-core processor with 8 gigahertz of Turbo Boost, which will undoubtedly cost in the high thousands.Unfortunately, none of these speed bumps or material keyboard fixes will apply to the 13-inch MacBook Pro without a TouchBar. (The TouchBar is that touch-sensitive strip of shortcuts and apps that lives above the keyboard on Apple’s highest-end laptops.) The 13-inch MacBook Pro sans TouchBar has always been the most cost-effective option, starting at $1,299; and some critics say that the TouchBar on the more expensive models has been largely superfluous. Apple says it has no updates to share on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
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