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I have used more Apple laptops in my life than I can even recall. I owned a second-hand, sticker-encrusted Titanium PowerBook G4 that was stolen during a road trip. I installed Linux on an excruciatingly slow PowerBook G3 for IMDB and Google searches while watching TV. I've upgraded, repaired, purchased, gifted, traded, and tinkered with iBooks and MacBooks galore, both for work and for fun.

However, the more recent MacBooks I've used have been a mixed bag. Not only are Apple's last couple MacBook iterations unrepairable and non-upgradeable, but I find that the computing experience has been compromised in some key areas. Apple's laptops used to be so competitive that I'd recommend them just for use with Windows. But then PC manufacturers started upping their game, and since late 2016, it's been extremely hard to recommend the Pros. How did we get to this place?

The new 2018 MacBook Pros attempt to atone for some of the line's recent performance missteps by throwing powerful new processors, tweaked graphics cards, a massaged keyboard, more RAM, and bigger SSDs into a product meant for the professionals who consistently rely on these machines. But over the past week that I’ve been using the new, 15-inch MacBook Pro running on a top-of-the-line Intel processor, I’ve found that what Apple's offering has a surprising number of caveats—its eye-watering price tag among them—you’ll have to consider.

Cores Aplenty

Apple gets complaints from the Mac faithful. Mac fans are a passionate minority who like to kvetch about everything from file systems to UI consistency. The top complaint might be that the Cupertino company just isn't as consistent at updating its products as other PC makers. For instance, the Mac mini continues to feature Intel chips from 2014. And desktop users still wait with bated breath for the triumphant return of the Mac Pro, which was last released in 2013 and…never got better internals.

Mac laptops have been updated more consistently, but as they’ve been updated, they’ve also shed some features (like popular ports) that have forced customers into what feels like laptop limbo where they can't find a computer that meets all their needs. Thankfully, the eighth-generation Intel processors in the absolute newest MacBooks give pro users a big reason to consider upgrading. In every model, you'll get more processor cores, better graphics (be they discrete or integrated) and overall faster performance.

This is especially the case with the 15-inch models. Apple pro laptops were capped at four cores for a long time—until now. The new eighth-gen Intel chips in these machines, no matter which 15-inch you pick up, now include two bonus cores. As muscle car fans might say, there's no replacement for displacement, and these tiny silicon engines give you a whopping total of 6 cores and 12 threads, leaving previous Macs in the dust at the drag strip.

The 15-inch model I sampled sported 32 GB of RAM and a new Intel processor, the Core i9. Don’t let the confusing naming throw you off, though—this 6-core, 12-thread, $350 upgrade is just a faster i7. I was able to use the new MacBook Pro to encode a video into the demanding H.265 codec 26 percent faster than a previous, quad-core 15-inch Pro.

Our video and graphics team, who, let’s face it, are the real pro users at WIRED, put the i9 MacBook Pro through its paces as well. The Cinema4D performance from this laptop was impressive, and they noted a marked improvement in render times of 3-D frames with complex material reflections.

Most folks will opt for the cheaper i7-based models. I think that’s reasonable, given the kinds of money you can throw at a spec’d-out Pro. My review unit came with a blisteringly fast 2TB SSD as well, ringing the till at $4,700. If you opt for the 4TB SSD, the price blows beyond the $6K mark quickly, reaching $6,700 if you tick the box for every build-to-order hardware option available.

Accompanying the feats of logical strength was the MacBook Pro’s twin fan setup, which made its presence known by hissing like a white noise generator whenever extra power was called upon. It’s worth noting, as well, that my final tests were run afterApple’s performance patch was applied to the review system. After that update, I noticed significantly more consistent speeds with less fluctuation than before.

Though pros will appreciate the extra cores when it comes to rendering and compiling, I’m a semi-pro on the best of days. But even I was wowed by the additional headroom the new CPU grants users. I could keep working in Chrome while running an intensive app like Handbrake in the background without noticing much, if any, slowdown. There’s enough power for all kinds of multitasking, whether that means keeping more tabs open, granting a virtual machine an extra processor, or juggling Word and OneNote and Adobe Lightroom.

Battery life seemed pretty good, at least when the system wasn’t terribly taxed. I could easily make it through a few hours of light work and web use without getting range anxiety. Obviously, once you push the pedal to the floor, you’ll be able to watch the battery meter tick down, but I think any mobile workstation user already carries a power adapter at all times—at least Apple’s included white USB-C power brick is relatively compact.

Keyed Up

In the 2016 redesign of its top-tier notebooks, Apple switched out a tried-and-true scissor switch with the now-infamous butterfly mechanism, reducing key travel to a measly half a millimeter. The company spun the decision as one to increase the "stability" of said keys, though I don't think that's a complaint anyone ever had with the softer, more comfortable MacBook keyboards of yore.

Personally, I feel that in swapping the Pro keyboard for the shallow butterfly-style version, Apple severely damaged its MacBook Pro line. Anecdotal reliability issues aside (myself and coworkers have suffered through jammed key switches on our last-gen MacBooks, for what it's worth), I was told by its defenders that the butterfly keyboard just "takes getting used to," which isn't something you could say about the excellent input devices built into the laptop's forbears.

These new 2018 MacBook Pros have a similar butterfly keyboard mechanism. The choice is bound to be similarly controversial, even though Apple's touting its improved switch design. Teardowns show that the new version of the keyboard adds a silicone baffle under each keycap. Whether it's designed to keep dust from jamming up the switch or to simply muffle the sound of the keyboard is beside the point. I'd say that the new keyboard is a little quieter, but it mostly has a less obnoxious sonic signature. Instead of a high-pitched, clacky pocka-pocka-pocka echoing around your local café, you'll now hear a slightly lower, less nervous sound. The new switches had a slightly softer feel to them, which my sensitive fingers appreciated.

But, for me, this is still a sub-par keyboard. I shouldn't have to "get used to" a keyboard on a multi-thousand-dollar computer, and it shouldn't make my hands hurt doing what it was designed to do. The older keyboards were better, and Mac users deserve a better typing experience for what they're paying.

Touch Barflies

Then there's the Touch Bar. Somewhere between a keyboard and a touchscreen, this tiny display sits atop the keyboard and offers up some alternative, touch-friendly controls. You can program it to display controls from third-party apps, like Adobe Photoshop, but I've found that the Touch Bar works best for me when it's set up to act like a normal assortment of buttons.

While some pieces of software offer up some unique interactive experiences, I find the Touch Bar’s presence incredibly distracting—the lower strip flashes between controls as you click around, and it constantly draws my eyes away from the big, gorgeous Retina display that I'm supposed to be looking at. Y'know, that vivid, high-resolution screen where all the real work gets done? My twitchy peepers see a sudden pop of color or motion down below and they lock onto the Bar every. Single. Time.

The best part of the Touch Bar setup, however, is the inclusion of a fast, accurate fingerprint sensor for logins and for authorizing Apple Pay transactions. I would have loved for Apple to bring the iPhone X’s Face ID to the Mac, but given how long it took the company to grant the Mac any built-in biometric security, it's likely going to be a while before we get facial recognition on an Apple laptop.

One thing Apple's added to this batch of Pros is its True Tone color-shifting feature, first seen on the iPad Pro. This means the laptop, using ambient sensors, will adjust the tone of the screen based on the environment you’re working in. I think this is a nice-to-have for everyone but the pro users Apple hopes to win back. Meaning, it’s great for people who just want something that’s easy on the eyes, but pros working on visual projects might not always want a calibrated screen that skews color to match the lighting of the surrounding environment. Like the Touch Bar, this is a feature the MacBook Pro's target audience might even disable as soon as they set up their new computer, making it a dubious value add.

Dongle Chaos

When Apple went all-in on USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 in the 2016 MacBook Pro, the change was surprising. Especially to pros with mountains of accessories and a workflow to maintain, it was understandably disruptive coming off the prior MacBook Pros—y'know, the old ones with the regular USB ports and HDMI and an SD card reader? Since then, the state of USB-C accessories has improved quite a bit, and those who need to remain on a MacBook Pro have adapted (heh) and accepted their new one-port-to-rule-them-all lord-of-the-ports USB-C.

And things are trending towards Apple's precedent. More and more Windows laptops are adopting the Thunderbolt/USB-C setup because it has some advantages—it can be used for all kinds of peripherals from external GPUs to keyboards and mice. That said, Apple’s MacBook Pro is the lone pro-grade notebook that has nothing but Thunderbolt 3, and for some that'll continue to be annoying.

People in hell want ice water, and creative pros in dongle hell want USB-A and an SD card reader. The ability to plug any device into any port, in any orientation is one thing. But diminished utility is another. For my day-to-day routine, fishing a USB-A to USB-C adapter out of my backpack just so I can occasionally authenticate using my YubiKey is vexing. I can only imagine what it's like for working professionals to have to juggle adapters for hard drives, external displays, SD card readers, and other requisite peripherals. (Though I will admit, it’s also nice to top off my Nintendo Switch with a MacBook charger in a pinch.)

Does USB-C simplify the MacBook Pro? Yes. But it can put the burden on the user, something a truly elegant solution should never do.

Price and Compromises

When you spend a boatload of money on something, you expect it to satisfy your needs. With the 2018 MacBook Pro, it'll depend—making it a hard decision. The model I tried was well-equipped with the Core i9 processor, 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a blisteringly-quick 2 TB SSD. The price? $4,700. Ouch.

For me, what you don't get is almost as staggering as the price: there are no USB-C adapters in the box, the power cord no longer comes with an extension cord, everything is soldered down, making the MacBook Pro impervious to upgrades or emergency component swaps. Did the guy in seat 23B spill his ginger ale onto your Mac? Hope you backed up terabytes of your client’s work before boarding—the $1,400 SSD might have survived unscathed, but it's wedded to a RAM chip that was bathed in fizz and now your laptop won't boot.

It used to be that when you bought a MacBook Pro, you got the best hardware around, along with the best operating system. Increasingly, these MacBooks feel like they beat up on the Mac faithful for favoring that ecosystem. It's an exercise in maddening compromises: with the 2018 Pro, you'll get the fastest-ever mobile Intel chips, but that silicon is saddled to a laptop with a keyboard that's just not great. You'll finally get the option to get 32 GB of RAM, but you'll have to carry a gaggle of dongles everywhere you go. You'll get a gorgeous display, but it's not true 4K.

And, even with the performance updates in place, the thin chassis of the MacBook Pro will likely never let the hot Core i9 chip run at its maximum advertised Turbo Boost speeds, at least not for more than a fleeting moment. The laws of physics still apply, no matter how chic your industrial design appears.

What adds insult to injury is that better-than-ever notebooks on the Windows side of the fence don’t carry a lot of those compromises. But you certainly won’t be able to run Apple’s macOS on them—and if you need a powerful, portable Mac, this is the option you have.

When you spend a ton of cold, hard, cash on something, you should get everything you need. Unfortunately, Mac users can only buy hardware from one source—Apple. Apple's made a lot of noise lately about taking the needs of pros seriously. But I’ve used this finished product for a while and have to wonder about that. Because, if you let creative professionals design the 2018 MacBook Pro, I think it'd look a whole lot different than it does right now. I think it would be more modular, have a higher-res screen, a normal keyboard without a superfluous Touch Bar, and a wider array of useful ports.

But the trackpad, that can stay. That part they got right.

Sours: https://www.wired.com/review/apple-macbook-pro-2018/
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MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports) - Technical Specifications

Touch Bar

  • Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor

Finish

Display

  • Retina display
  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1440 by 900
    • 1024 by 640
  • 500 nits brightness
  • Wide color (P3)
  • True Tone technology

Processor

  • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz, with 128MB of eDRAM
    Configurable to 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz, with 128MB of eDRAM

Storage1

  • 256GB
    256GB SSD
    Configurable to 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB SSD
  • 512GB
    512GB SSD
    Configurable to 1TB or 2TB SSD

Memory

  • 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
    Configurable to 16GB of memory

Graphics

  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655

Charging and Expansion

Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with support for:

  • Charging
  • DisplayPort
  • Thunderbolt (up to 40 Gbps)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)

Keyboard and Trackpad

  • Full-size backlit keyboard with:
    • 64 (U.S.) or 65 (ISO) keys including 4 arrow keys
    • Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures

Wireless

  • Wi-Fi
    802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • Bluetooth
    Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology

Camera

Video Support

Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colors and:

  • One display with 5120-by-2880 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors
  • Up to two displays with 4096-by-2304 resolution at 60Hz at millions of colors
  • Up to two displays with 3840-by-2160 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors

Thunderbolt 3 digital video output

  • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
  • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)

Audio

  • Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
  • Three microphones
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack

Battery and Power2

  • Up to 10 hours wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
  • Built-in 58.0-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 61W USB-C Power Adapter

Operating Requirements

  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: –13° to 113° F (–25° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Size and Weight

  • Height: 0.59 inch (1.49 cm)
  • Width: 11.97 inches (30.41 cm)
  • Depth: 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)
  • Weight: 3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)3

Operating System

macOS
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Accessibility

Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of their new MacBook Pro. With built-in support for vision, hearing, physical and motor skills, and learning and literacy, you can create and do amazing things.
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Features include:

  • VoiceOver
  • Zoom
  • Increase Contrast
  • Reduce Motion
  • Siri and Dictation
  • Switch Control
  • Closed Captions
  • Text to Speech

Built-in Apps4

  • Photos
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • Siri
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • FaceTime
  • Messages
  • Maps
  • News
  • Stocks
  • Home
  • Voice Memos
  • Notes
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Reminders
  • Photo Booth
  • Preview
  • iTunes
  • Books
  • App Store
  • Time Machine

What’s in the Box

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro
  • 61W USB-C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)

Configure to Order

Configure your MacBook Pro with these options, only at apple.com:

  • 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz, with 128MB of eDRAM
  • 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB SSD

MacBook Pro and the Environment

Apple takes a complete product life cycle approach to determining our environmental impact.Learn more about MacBook Pro and the Environment

MacBook Pro is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free5
  • Beryllium-free
  • Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure
  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold6

Apple and the Environment
Learn more about Apple’s dedication to reducing the environmental impact of our products and process. Or read our Product Environmental Reports for detailed information on the environmental performance of every Apple product.

Apple GiveBack
Letting go of your old Mac is easy with Apple GiveBack. If it’s in good shape, you can trade it in for Apple Store credit. If it’s not eligible for credit, we’ll recycle it responsibly at no cost to you. Good for you. Good for the planet.
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Accessories

Mac Software

  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Logic Pro X

Displays and Adapters

  • LG UltraFine 4K Display
  • LG UltraFine 5K Display
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
  • USB-C to USB Adapter
  • USB-C to SD Card Reader
  • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter
  • USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter
  • USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Other Accessories

  • USB-C to Lightning Cable
  • USB-C Charge Cable
  • 61W USB-C Power Adapter
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro Leather Sleeve
  • Blackmagic eGPU
  • Blackmagic eGPU Pro
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
  • Magic Trackpad 2
  • Magic Mouse 2
  • AppleCare+ for Mac

Acoustic Performance

Declared noise emission values in accordance with ECMA-109

 Sound Power Level
L W A,m (B)
Sound Pressure Level
Operator Position
L p A,m (dB)
Idle1.3 (K V = 0.3)4
Wireless web1.3 (K V = 0.3)4
  1. L W A,m is the mean A-weighted sound power level, rounded to the nearest 0.1 B.
  2. L p A,m is the mean A-weighted sound pressure level measured at operator position (rounded to the nearest 1 dB).
  3. 1 B (bel) = 10 dB (decibel)
  4. K v is the statistical adder for computing upper-limit of A-weighted sound power level.
  5. The quantity, L W A,c (formerly called L W Ad) may be computed from the sum of L W A,m and K v .
  6. The Wireless web test browses 25 popular websites.
  7. Configuration tested: 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 512GB storage, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655.

  1. 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = 1 trillion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  2. Testing conducted by Apple in June 2018 using preproduction 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-based 13-inch MacBook Pro systems with 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD; and preproduction 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based 15-inch MacBook Pro systems with 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. Testing conducted by Apple in May 2017 using preproduction 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-based 13-inch MacBook Pro systems with 8GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. The wireless web test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The iTunes movie playback test measures battery life by playing back HD 1080p content with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The standby test measures battery life by allowing a system, connected to a wireless network and signed in to an iCloud account, to enter standby mode with Safari and Mail applications launched and all system settings left at default. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.
  3. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  4. iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available on the Mac App Store. Downloading apps requires an Apple ID and a device that is compatible with the OS version required for each app.
  5. PVC-free AC power cord available in all regions except India and South Korea.
  6. MacBook Pro achieved a Gold rating from EPEAT in the U.S. and Canada.
Sours: https://support.apple.com/kb/SP775

Apple MacBook Pro review: the heat is on

It seems like Apple can’t launch a laptop these days without walking face-first into at least one controversy. With the new MacBook Pros, it walked into two. One: was this keyboard really designed to be quieter (as Apple claims publicly) or to address the problem of dust and grit breaking them? Two: a software bug caused these laptops to throttle their speed down in intense thermal conditions, eliciting a software update and an apology from Apple.

The heat (pun intended) around those controversies is at a higher temperature than usual because there has been more angst in the Mac universe than normal in the past few years. The switch over to these new designs two years ago came with what feels like an equal number of benefits and compromises. On one hand, they’re thinner, lighter, and more powerful. On the other, you have a polarizing (or worse) keyboard design, dongles, and a sort of vague distrust that Apple really cares about the Mac at all in the age of the iPhone.

That’s all too much for one simple spec-bumped laptop to handle alone, so it’s no surprise that this MacBook Pro hasn’t arrived as the savior for professionals looking for the ur-machine. Nevertheless, it’s a solid computer that’s fast and powerful. So this review of the top-tier 15-inch MacBook Pro isn’t about blame or benchmarks.

It’s about trust.

The first controversy over MacBook Pros deals with their “butterfly switch” keyboards. They broke, to put it bluntly (though at what rate, it’s impossible to know for sure). Casey Johnston at The Outline has led the charge to hold Apple to account for the fact that it takes just a little grit to make a single key stop working and that fixing said problem involves a massively expensive repair.

Apple’s response was to announce a repair program that covers every butterfly switch keyboard MacBook for four years. That was the right thing to do. Its other response was apparently to redesign this MacBook Pro’s keyboard to mitigate the problem and then refuse to admit that’s why it was redesigned. Apple only claims that this “third-generation” butterfly keyboard is quieter, not that it’s more reliable.

Here’s what Apple did: it put a thin layer of silicone in between the keys and the butterfly switches. As iFixit found (and Apple’s presumably related patent claims), that layer serves to protect the switches from crumbs and maybe even pushes those crumbs out of the assembly. I’m hopeful that these keyboards will be less prone to failure, and I don’t think it’s a reason to avoid buying this laptop.

It does make the experience of typing a little nicer. Keyboard travel is about the same, but there’s a better sense of resistance when you type. It’s also almost imperceptibly quieter; it’s less clacky, basically. I really do enjoy typing on this keyboard, though I’m sympathetic to people who prefer more key travel.

This computer has all the benefits and trade-offs of previous MacBook Pros. The screen is beautiful, but it doesn’t go as edge-to-edge as you can get with a lot of Windows laptops these days. There are four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports (even on the smaller 13-inch version), which means you can’t escape dongles, and you can’t have a power cord that magnetically attaches. (Don’t trip on the power cable.) It’s still incredibly well-built and feels like it’s carved from a single piece of aluminum.

It’s also thinner than most “pro” Windows laptops with powerful processors. Thinness has become a point of contention because it makes the laptop more complicated to cool. But it’s undeniable that, as a physical object, this thing is really nice to carry around.

There are a bunch of other improvements to the MacBook Pro. Chief among them is a new “T2” chip, which controls a bunch of the internal mechanics of this computer. It allows Apple to add new iOS-esque features like a True Tone display, which adjusts the color temperature of the screen and the Touch Bar to match the ambient light in a room. In our testing, it did just that, though it was awfully hard to tell the difference on the Touch Bar.

We turned True Tone off pretty quickly because the majority of the “pro” work that happens at The Verge is video and photo editing, and color accuracy is more important than whether the screen is easy on the eyes.

The T2 chips also allow you to say “Hey Siri” out loud and the computer can hear it. That works, too, but I still don’t find Siri to be super useful on a Mac, especially since it’s not integrated into the core Spotlight computer search. This is an area where Windows, with its Cortana system, has a somewhat more elegant solution than macOS. Lastly, the T2 adds a bunch of security. For example, it handles the encryption for files so it won’t slow down the ridiculously fast SSD inside this computer.

There’s also the Touch Bar, which does not inspire much affinity. There are still moments when I feel like it’s neat. But most of the time, I feel like I’d be just as happy with plain old function keys and more money in my bank account. It often feels like a solution in search of a problem. Using your fingerprint with Touch ID to log in is great, but truthfully, it’s not as great as logging in with your face using Windows Hello.

Apple put a larger battery inside these machines, but it isn’t claiming longer battery life. It’s simply there to offset the higher power draw from the beefier processors and faster RAM. In our testing, it was about on par with previous generations, which is to say not quite a full day. Verge video director Vjeran Pavic, who did all of our stress testing, says that it also doesn’t improve battery life under heavy load all that much either. If you’re doing serious video work, you should expect about the same as what you had before. (For him, it was about three hours.)

So let’s talk about thermal throttling, the second controversy du jour.

It’s not quite fair to say that all we got is a spec bump with these new MacBook Pros, but the new, 8th Gen Intel processors are definitely the biggest internal change. The unit we received for review was a top-of-the-line 15-inch machine with a six-core i9, 32GB of RAM, and a 4TB SSD. As specced, it’s $6,700, but nearly half of that price is the cost of the internal storage. You can also get this computer with a six-core i7 chip, or a 13-inch size with 8th Gen quad-core i5 or i7 processors. (The 13-inch model without a Touch Bar has not been updated.)

Those processors, specifically the six-core i9s, have been at the center of the second controversy. After a video from Dave Lee showed that his Core i9 MacBook Pro seemed to exhibit really bad thermal throttling — so much so that it performed worse than a 2017 Core i7 MacBook Pro — the tech world basically went into a full-blown, gate-level crisis. Here we go again.

To its credit, Apple got in touch with Lee and worked to replicate his results. Finally doing so meant that it uncovered a bug, a so-called “missing digital key” in the firmware, that causes the thermal throttling. On July 24th, Apple released a software update to fix that bug. Since then, we’ve been re-running our own tests.

Here’s the thing about benchmarking: like any test, variables in your initial setup can wildly change the results. Before the update was released, some testers, like Geekbench founder John Poole, have found that the Core i9 can, in fact, be slower than a comparable i7. Others, like Jonathan Morrison, ran test after test after test only to find that the i9 outperformed the i7 every time.

Here’s another thing about benchmarking: like any scientific test, the worst result isn’t a pass or a fail. The worst result is that it’s inconclusive. Our results aren’t that bad, but there are some cases where we’ve run into confounding results, even after the software update.

Here’s just one example: we took a 5.5-minute video of 4K drone footage and exported it to 4K h.264 with a 30Mbps bitrate, resulting in a 1.2GB file. (The test wasn’t as intense as what we’ve seen others do, so don’t take this as any more than one data point among what is sure to be very many others.) We ran it on a 2016 MacBook Pro and on this MacBook Pro both before and after Apple’s software update.

In Adobe Premiere Pro, we saw virtually no difference after the software patch on our particular test. It didn’t export any faster. And compared to that two-year-old laptop, that export was only about 8 percent faster. On the other hand, Apple’s Final Cut Pro X saw significant improvement, both across different laptops and across software versions. The software update took what was already an impressive improvement and made it even more impressive: 64 percent faster than the 2016 model.

MacBook Pro export tests (in minutes)

Software used2016 MacBook Pro2018 MacBook Pro2018 MacBook Pro
Core i7, 16GB RAMCore i9, 32GB RAM, (before update)Core i9, 32GB RAM (after update)
Premiere Pro CC12:3111:3511:35
Final Cut X6:464:352:26

Those are, as I said, confounding results. Premiere Pro, which should have been a victim of thermal throttling, didn’t change. Final Cut X, which Apple presumably had already optimized for this system, saw a huge improvement. It’s odd, but that’s how these things often go. Benchmarking really can vary depending on your source footage and settings. Dave Lee, whose testing kicked this whole thermal drama off, has reported much faster results in his post-update test.

It’s very easy to get lost in the trees and miss the forest. Here’s the forest: after the software update, we found that the MacBook Pro ran quieter, cooler, and faster overall. Some of our Premiere Pro exports saw improvements as high as 40 percent faster than our 2016 laptop. When you stop staring at benchmark times and processor temperatures and take in the whole experience of this computer, you’ll find it feels fast and performant.

Do I trust these laptops? Apple certainly hasn’t made it easy. Not after the squirrely statements about why the keyboard design changed, and not after the thermal throttling that was somehow missed by Apple’s own testing labs before they were released.

But yes, after seeing the results of Apple’s software update, I do trust this MacBook Pro. However, I’m also in the fortunate position of not only being able to trust but verify. If you truly have a job that will push your computer’s thermals to their upper limit, I suggest you find a way to test your particular workflow before investing in one of these computers for the long term. And if you don’t expect to push the limits of this system, you’ll be fine (though maybe you should consider saving some money and waiting for Apple to release new midrange laptops).

The truth is that this is mostly an iterative update with faster processors and a few new bells and whistles. It’s still a design that many Mac users have been conflicted about for almost two years. As sturdy as the unibody frame of this laptop is, there’s no way it can carry the weight of resolving all that angst.

So you have to separate what you wish Apple would do from what it has done. And after the software update, what Apple has done is deliver a very good laptop, one I think you can trust. But increasingly, it’s getting harder to love.

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Sours: https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/25/17611266/apple-macbook-pro-review-2018-core-i9-15-inch

Macbook pro 2018

MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018) - Technical Specifications

     

Touch Bar

  • Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor

Finish

Display

  • Retina display
  • 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 native resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1920 by 1200
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1280 by 800
    • 1024 by 640
  • 500 nits brightness
  • Wide color (P3)
  • True Tone technology

Processor

  • 2.2GHz
    2.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz, with 9MB shared L3 cache
    Configurable to 2.9GHz 6-core Intel Core i9, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz, with 12MB shared L3 cache
  • 2.6GHz
    2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.3GHz, with 9MB shared L3 cache
    Configurable to 2.9GHz 6-core Intel Core i9, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz, with 12MB shared L3 cache

Storage1

  • 256GB
    256GB SSD
    Configurable to 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB SSD
  • 512GB
    512GB SSD
    Configurable to 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB SSD

Memory

  • 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 onboard memory
    Configurable to 32GB of memory

Graphics

  • 2.2GHz
    Radeon Pro 555X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Configurable to Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
  • 2.6GHz
    Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Configurable to Radeon Pro Vega 16 with 4GB of HBM2 memory or Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory

Charging and Expansion

Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with support for:

  • Charging
  • DisplayPort
  • Thunderbolt (up to 40 Gbps)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)

Keyboard and Trackpad

  • Full-size backlit keyboard with:
    • 64 (U.S.) or 65 (ISO) keys including 4 arrow keys
    • Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures

Wireless

  • Wi-Fi
    802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • Bluetooth
    Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology

Camera

Video Support

Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colors and:

  • Up to two displays with 5120-by-2880 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors
  • Up to four displays with 4096-by-2304 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors

Thunderbolt 3 digital video output

  • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
  • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)

Audio

  • Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
  • Three microphones
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack

Battery and Power2

  • Up to 10 hours wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
  • Built-in 83.6-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 87W USB-C Power Adapter

Operating Requirements

  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: –13° to 113° F (–25° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Size and Weight

  • Height: 0.61 inch (1.55 cm)
  • Width: 13.75 inches (34.93 cm)
  • Depth: 9.48 inches (24.07 cm)
  • Weight: 4.02 pounds (1.83 kg)3

Operating System

macOS
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 Learn more about latest operating system

Accessibility

Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of their new MacBook Pro. With built-in support for vision, hearing, physical and motor skills, and learning and literacy, you can create and do amazing things.
 Learn more about Accessibility

Features include:

  • VoiceOver
  • Zoom
  • Increase Contrast
  • Reduce Motion
  • Siri and Dictation
  • Switch Control
  • Closed Captions
  • Text to Speech

Built-in Apps4

  • Photos
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • Siri
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • FaceTime
  • Messages
  • Maps
  • News
  • Stocks
  • Home
  • Voice Memos
  • Notes
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Reminders
  • Photo Booth
  • Preview
  • iTunes
  • Books
  • App Store
  • Time Machine

What’s in the Box

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro
  • 87W USB-C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)

Configure to Order

Configure your MacBook Pro with these options, only at apple.com:

  • 2.9GHz 6-core Intel Core i9, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz, with 12MB shared L3 cache
  • 32GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory
  • Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
  • Radeon Pro Vega 16 with 4GB of HBM2 memory
  • Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory
  • 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB SSD

MacBook Pro and the Environment

Apple takes a complete product life cycle approach to determining our environmental impact. Learn more about MacBook Pro and the Environment

MacBook Pro is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free5
  • Beryllium-free
  • Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure
  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold6

Apple and the Environment
Read our Product Environmental Reports for detailed information on the environmental performance of every Apple product.

Accessories

Mac Software

  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Logic Pro X

Displays and Adapters

  • LG UltraFine 4K Display
  • LG UltraFine 5K Display
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
  • USB-C to USB Adapter
  • USB-C to SD Card Reader
  • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter
  • USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter
  • USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Other Accessories

  • USB-C to Lightning Cable
  • USB-C Charge Cable
  • 87W USB-C Power Adapter
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro Leather Sleeve
  • Blackmagic eGPU
  • Blackmagic eGPU Pro
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
  • Magic Trackpad 2
  • Magic Mouse 2
  • AppleCare+ for Mac

Acoustic Performance

Declared noise emission values in accordance with ECMA-109

 Sound Power Level
L W A,m (B)
Sound Pressure Level
Operator Position
L p A,m (dB)
Idle1.7 (K V = 0.3)9
Wireless web1.7 (K V = 0.3)9
  1. L W A,m is the mean A-weighted sound power level, rounded to the nearest 0.1 B.
  2. L p A,m is the mean A-weighted sound pressure level measured at operator position (rounded to the nearest 1 dB).
  3. 1 B (bel) = 10 dB (decibel)
  4. K v is the statistical adder for computing upper-limit of A-weighted sound power level.
  5. The quantity, L W A,c (formerly called L W Ad) may be computed from the sum of L W A,m and K .
  6. The Wireless web test browses 25 popular websites.
  7. Configuration tested: 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, 512 GB storage, Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.

  1. 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = 1 trillion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  2. Testing conducted by Apple in June 2018 using preproduction 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-based 13-inch MacBook Pro systems with 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD; and preproduction 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-based 15-inch MacBook Pro systems with 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. Testing conducted by Apple in May 2017 using preproduction 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-based 13-inch MacBook Pro systems with 8GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. The wireless web test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The iTunes movie playback test measures battery life by playing back HD 1080p content with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The standby test measures battery life by allowing a system, connected to a wireless network and signed in to an iCloud account, to enter standby mode with Safari and Mail applications launched and all system settings left at default. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.
  3. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  4. iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available on the Mac App Store. Downloading apps requires an Apple ID and a device that is compatible with the OS version required for each app.
  5. PVC-free AC power cord available in all regions except India and South Korea.
  6. MacBook Pro achieved a Gold rating from EPEAT in the U.S. and Canada.
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MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)

DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn[1]
Pegatron[2]
Product familyMacBook family
TypeNotebook
Release date
  • January 10, 2006; 15 years ago (2006-01-10)(Original)
  • November 17, 2020 (2020-11-17)(Current)
Operating systemmacOS
System on a chipApple M1 (13-inch, M1, 2021) (current release)
CPU
PredecessorPowerBook
Related articles
Websitewww.apple.com/macbook-pro/

The MacBook Pro is a line of Macintoshnotebook computers introduced in January 2006 by Apple Inc. It is the higher-end model of the MacBook family, sitting above the consumer-focused MacBook Air, and is sold with 13- and 16-inch screens. 17-inch and 15-inch version were sold from April 2006 to June 2012 and January 2006 to November 2019 respectively.

The first generation MacBook Pro used the design of the PowerBook G4, but replaced the PowerPC G4 chips with Intel Coreprocessors, added a webcam, and introduced the MagSafe power connector. The 15-inch model was introduced in January 2006; the 17-inch model in April. Later revisions added Intel Core 2 Duo processors and LED-backlit displays.

The second generation model debuted in October 2008 in 13- and 15-inch variants, with a 17-inch variant added in January 2009. Called the "unibody" model because its case was machined from a single piece of aluminum, it had a thinner flush display, a redesigned trackpad whose entire surface consisted of a single clickable button, and a redesigned keyboard. Updates brought Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and introduced Intel's Thunderbolt.

The third generation MacBook Pro was released in 2012: the 15-inch in June 2012, a 13-inch model in October. It is thinner than its predecessor, made solid-state storage (SSD) standard, added HDMI, and included a high-resolution Retina display. It eliminated Ethernet and FireWire ports and the optical drive.

The fourth generation MacBook Pro, released in October 2016, adopted USB-C for all data ports and power and included a shallower "butterfly"-mechanism keyboard. On all but the base model, the function keys were replaced with a touchscreen strip called the Touch Bar with a Touch ID sensor integrated into the power button.

A revision to the fourth generation MacBook Pro was released in November 2019.[3] It introduced the Magic Keyboard, which uses a scissor-switch mechanism. The initial 16-inch model with a screen set in narrower bezels was followed by a 13-inch model in May 2020.

Another revision to the fourth generation was released in November 2020 and is the first MacBook Pro to feature an Apple-designed system on a chip, the Apple M1.[4]

1st generation (Aluminum)[edit]

The MacBook Pro 15" in 2006

The original 15-inch MacBook Pro was announced on January 10, 2006, by Steve Jobs at the Macworld Conference & Expo.[5] The 17-inch model was unveiled on April 24, 2006.[6] The first design was largely a carryover from the PowerBook G4, but uses Intel CoreCPUs instead of PowerPC G4 chips.[7] The 15-inch MacBook Pro weighs the same as the 15-inch aluminum PowerBook G4, but is 0.1 inches (0.25 cm) deeper, 0.4 inches (1.0 cm) wider, and 0.1 inches (0.25 cm) thinner.[8] Other changes from the PowerBook include a built-in iSightwebcam and the inclusion of MagSafe, a magnetic power connector designed to detach easily when yanked. These features were later brought over to the MacBook. The optical drive was reduced in size in order to fit into the slimmer MacBook Pro, hence it runs slower than the optical drive in the PowerBook G4 and cannot write to dual-layer DVDs.[7][9]

Both the original 15- and 17-inch model MacBook Pro computers come with ExpressCard/34 slots, which replace the PC Card slots found in the PowerBook G4. All first-generation 15-inch models have two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port,[10] while the 17-inch models have three USB 2.0 ports as well as one FireWire 400 port.[11] When first introduced, the MacBook Pro did not come with FireWire 800 or S-Video ports,[8][10] although FireWire 800 was added in the next 15-inch model revision[12] and is present in every version of the 17-inch design.[11] S-Video capability can be attained through the use of a DVI to S-Video adapter.[8] External displays with up to a 2560 × 1600 pixel resolution are supported through a dual-link DVI port.[13] All models include a built-in Gigabit Ethernet port, Bluetooth 2.0, and 802.11a/b/g.[10][11] Later models include support for the draft 2.0 specification of 802.11n[14] and Bluetooth 2.1.

Updates[edit]

Apple refreshed the entire MacBook Pro line on October 24, 2006, to include Intel Core 2 Duo processors which was the first MacBook Pro model to be 64 bit.[12] Memory capacity was doubled for each model, to 1 GB on the low-end 15-inch and 2 GB for the high-end 15- and 17-inch models.[12]FireWire 800 was added to the 15-inch models. Hard drive capacity was increased, although video card options stayed the same.[12] The MacBook Pro line received a second update on June 5, 2007, with new NvidiaGeforce8600M GT video cards and faster processor options.[15][16]LED backlighting was added to the 15-inch model's screen, and its weight was reduced from 5.6 pounds (2.5 kg) to 5.4 pounds (2.4 kg).[16] Furthermore, the speed of the front-side bus was increased from 667 to 800 MHz. On November 1, 2007, Apple added the option of a 2.6 GHz Santa Rosa platform Core 2 Duo CPU as well as reconfigured hard drive options.[16]

First-generation 17-inch MacBook Pro

On February 26, 2008, the MacBook Pro line was updated once more.[17][18]LED backlighting was added as an option for the 17-inch model.[17] Processors were updated to "Penryn" cores, which are built on the 45 nm process (65 nm "Merom" cores were previously used), and hard drive and memory capacities were increased.[17] Multi-touch capabilities, first introduced with the MacBook Air earlier that year, were brought over to the MacBook Pro's trackpad.[17] When the 15-inch unibody MacBook Pro was introduced on October 14, 2008, the pre-unibody model with the same screen size was discontinued, while the 17-inch pre-unibody model continued to be sold.[19] The original case design was discontinued on January 6, 2009, when the 17-inch MacBook Pro was also updated with unibody construction.[20]

Reception[edit]

Some reviewers applauded the MacBook Pro for its doubling or tripling the speed of the PowerBook G4 in some areas.[7] For example, the 3D rendering program Cinema 4D XL was 3.3 times as fast (2.3 times faster),[7] and its boot-up time was more than twice as quick.[8] The MacBook Pro generally outperformed the PowerBook G4 in performance analyzer utility tests XBench and Cinebench.[8] Reviewers lauded the screen's maximum brightness, 67% brighter than the PowerBook G4; the excellent horizontal viewing angles; the matte options; and the bright, crisp, and true colors.[9] Although the screen offered fewer vertical pixels (1440 × 900 in the MacBook Pro instead of 1440 × 960 in the PowerBook), one reviewer called the screen "nothing less than stellar".[8] Reviewers praised the new MagSafe power adapter,[7] although one reviewer said it disconnected too easily in some instances.[8] They also praised the backlit keyboard, large trackpad, and virtually silent operation of the machine.[7][9] The new notebook also offered better wireless performance.

One reviewer criticized the decision to underclock the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card by about 30% its original speed.[9] The notebook was also noted for running hot.[7][9] Users complained that upgrading system memory was harder than in older Apple notebooks.[8] Since the dimensions for the 15-inch MacBook Pro were tweaked slightly from the 15-inch PowerBook G4, older accessories such as notebook sleeves did not work with the new models.[8] Some users noted a slight flickering when the screen was on lower brightness settings.[8] Apple increased the battery capacity by 10 Wh, going from 50 in the PowerBook G4 to 60,[8] but the more powerful Core Duo CPU required more power.[8] Battery life therefore remained about the same as in previous models, at three-plus hours.[8]

2007–2008 model GPU problems[edit]

Both 15" and 17" models of the MacBook Pro built from 2007-early 2008 (15") / late 2008 (17") using the 8600M GT chip exhibited severe GPU failures where the GPU die would reportedly detach from chip, or the chip detach from the logic board.[21] The issue has been mitigated by some users by keeping the notebook cooler by means of less intensive use or alternative fan settings. Apple initially ignored reports, before admitting to the fault and replacing logic boards free of charge for up to 4 years after the purchase date.[22] NVIDIA also confirmed the issue, and previously manufactured replacement GPUs, which some users have replaced themselves.[23]

Technical specifications[edit]

Table of 1st-generation MacBook Pro models
Component Intel Core DuoIntel Core 2 Duo
Model Early 2006[10][11][25]Late 2006[14]Mid 2007[26]Late 2007[27]Early 2008[13]Late 2008
Release date(s)January 10, 2006 (15"),[5] April 24, 2006 (17")[6]October 24, 2006[12]June 5, 2007[16]November 1, 2007[28]February 26, 2008[17]October 14, 2008[29]
Apple order number(s)MA463*/A or MA464*/A; MA600* or MA601*; MA092*/A MA609*, MA610*, or MA611*/A MA895*, MA896*, or MA897* MA895*/A, MA896*/A, or MA897*/A MB133*/A, MB134*/A, or MB166*/A MB766*/A
Model number(s)A1150 (15"), A1151 (17")A1211 (15"), A1212 (17")A1226 (15"), A1229 (17")A1260 (15"), A1261 (17")A1261
Model identifier(s)MacBookPro1,1, MacBookPro1,2 MacBookPro2,1, MacBookPro2,2 MacBookPro3,1 MacBookPro4,1 MacBookPro4,1 (re-listed)
WidescreenDisplay
(matte or glossy)[note 1]
15.4", LCD, 1440 × 90015.4", LCD, 1440 × 900, with LED backlightingN/A
17", LCD, 1680 × 105017", LCD, 1680 × 1050
Optional 1920 × 1200
17", LCD, 1680 × 1050
Optional 1920 × 1200, with LED backlighting
17", LCD, 1920 × 1200, with LED backlighting
Processor1.83 GHz (T2400), 2.0 GHz (T2500) or 2.16 GHz (T2600) Intel Core Duo Yonah with 2 MB on-chip L2 cache2.16 GHz (T7400) or 2.33 GHz (T7600) Intel Core 2 Duo Merom with 4 MB on-chip L2 cache2.2 GHz (T7500) or 2.4 GHz (T7700) IntelCore 2 DuoMerom with 4 MB on-chip L2 cache2.2 GHz (T7500) or 2.4 GHz (T7700) IntelCore 2 DuoMerom with 4 MB on-chip L2 cache
Optional 2.6 GHz (T7800) with 4 MB on-chip L2 cache
2.4 GHz (T8300) IntelCore 2 DuoPenryn with 3 MB on-chip L2 cache, or 2.5 GHz (T9300) with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache
Optional 2.6 GHz (T9500) with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache
2.5 GHz (T9300) Intel Core 2 Duo Penryn with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache
Optional 2.6 GHz (T9500) with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache
Front-side bus667 MHz 800 MHz
Memory
Two slots for PC2-5300 DDR2SDRAM (667 MHz)
512 MB (two 256 MB) or 1 GB (two 512 MB)
Expandable to 2 GB[note 2]
1 GB (two 512 MB) or 2 GB (two 1 GB)
Expandable [note 2] to 4 GB, but only 3 GB addressable [30]
2 GB (two 1 GB)
Expandable[note 2] to 6 GB[note 3][31]
4 GB (two 2 GB)

Expandable[note 2]to 6 GB [note 3][31]

Graphics
with dual-link DVI
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128 or 256 MB of GDDR3SDRAMNvidiaGeforce8600M GT with 128 or 256 MB of GDDR3SDRAMNvidiaGeforce8600M GT with 256 or 512 MB of GDDR3SDRAMNvidia Geforce 8600M GT with 512 MB of GDDR3SDRAM[32]
Hard drive[note 4]80, 100, or 120 GB serial ATA, 5,400-rpm
Optional 100 GB 7,200-rpm or 120 GB 5,400-rpm.
120, 160, or 200 GB serial ATA, 5,400-rpm
Optional 100 GB, 7,200-rpm.
120 or 160 GB serial ATA, 5,400-rpm
Optional 250 GB, 4,200-rpm or 160 GB, 7,200-rpm.
120 or 160 GB serial ATA, 5,400-rpm
Optional 250 GB, 5,400-rpm or 200 GB, 7,200-rpm.
200 or 250 GB serial ATA, 5,400-rpm
Optional 200 GB 7,200-rpm or 300 GB 4,200-rpm.
250 GB serial ATA, 5,400-rpm
Optional 320 GB, 7,200-rpm or 128 GB SSD.
SATA I (1.5 Gbit/s)
Optical disc drive[note 5]Combo drive:8× DVD read, 24× CD-R and 10× CD-RW recording

SuperDrive:8× DVD-DL discs reads. DVD+/-R & RW recording. 24× CD-R and 10× CD-RW recording
(optional for 15-inch)SuperDrive: 4× DVD+R writes, DVD+/-R read, 4× DVD+/-RW writes, 24× CD-R, and 10× CD-RW recording (17-inch)

SuperDrive:2.4× DVD+R DL writes, DVD+/-R read, 4× DVD+/-RW writes, 24× CD-R, and 10× CD-RW recording or 4× DVD+R DL writes, DVD+/-R read/write, 4× DVD+/-RW writes, 24× CD-R, and 10× CD-RW recording SuperDrive:4× DVD+R DL writes, DVD+/-R read/write, 4× DVD+/-RW writes, 24× CD-R, and 10× CD-RW recording SuperDrive:4× DVD+R DL writes, 8× DVD+/-R read/write, DVD+RW writes, DVD-RW writes, 24× CD-R, and 16× CD-RW recording
ConnectivityIntegrated Wi-Fi 3 (802.11a/b/g) (QualcommAtheros AR5007 chipset) Integrated Wi-Fi 4 (802.11a/b/g and draft-n, n disabled by default)[note 6][33][34] (Qualcomm Atheros AR5008 chipset) Integrated Wi-Fi 4 (802.11a/b/g and draft-n) (QualcommAtheros AR5008 or Broadcom BCM4322 chipset, depending on revision)
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Gigabit Ethernet
Peripheral connections2x USB 2.0(15") or 3x USB 2.0 (17")3x USB 2.0
1x FireWire 400(15") or 1x FireWire 400 and 1x FireWire 800(17")1x FireWire 400 and 1x FireWire 800
ExpressCard/34, DVI, audio line in/out
Minimum operating systemMac OS X 10.4 TigerMac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Latest release operating systemMac OS X 10.6 Snow LeopardMac OS X 10.7 LionOS X 10.11 El Capitan
Battery (lithium-polymer, removable) 60 Wh(15")N/A
68 Wh (17")
Weight5.6 lb (2.5 kg) (15")5.4 lb (2.4 kg) (15")N/A
6.8 lb (3.1 kg) (17")
Dimensions (width × depth × thickness)14.1 in (36 cm)×9.6 in (24 cm)×1.0 in (2.5 cm) (15")N/A
15.4 in (39 cm)×10.4 in (26 cm)×1.0 in (2.5 cm) (17")

2nd generation (Unibody)[edit]

MacBook Pro Unibody 15 inch

On October 14, 2008, in a press event at company headquarters, Apple officials announced a new 15-inch MacBook Pro featuring a "precision aluminum unibody enclosure" and tapered sides similar to those of the MacBook Air.[35][36] Designers shifted the MacBook Pro's ports to the left side of the case, and moved the optical disc drive slot from the front to the right side, similar to the MacBook. The new MacBook Pro computers had two video cards that the user could switch between: the NvidiaGeForce9600M GT with either 256 or 512 MB[37] of dedicated memory and a GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of shared system memory.[35] Although the FireWire 400 port was removed, the FireWire 800 port remained. The DVI port was replaced with a Mini DisplayPort receptacle.[35] The original unibody MacBook Pro came with a user-removable battery; Apple claimed five hours of use,[35] with one reviewer reporting results closer to four hours on a continuous video battery stress test.[38] Apple said that the battery would hold 80% of its charge after 300 recharges.[39]

Design[edit]

The unibody-construction MacBook Pro largely follows the styling of the original aluminum iMac and the MacBook Air and is slightly thinner than its predecessor, albeit wider and deeper due to the widescreen display.[35] The screen is high-gloss, covered by an edge-to-edge reflective glass finish, while an anti-glare matte option is available in the 15- and 17-inch models in which the glass panel is removed.[40] The entire trackpad is usable and acts as a clickable button.[40] The trackpad is also larger than that of the first generation, giving more room for scrolling and multi-touch gestures.[40] When the line was updated in April 2010, inertial scrolling was added, making the scrolling experience much like that of the iPhone and iPad.[41][42][43] The keys, which are still backlit, are now identical to those of Apple's now-standard sunken keyboard with separated black keys.[41] The physical screen release latch from the previous generation is replaced with a magnetic one.

Updates[edit]

A size comparison of the unibody line of MacBook Pro notebooks

During the MacWorld Expo keynote on January 6, 2009, Phil Schiller announced a 17-inch MacBook Pro with unibody construction. This version diverged from its 15-inch sibling with an anti-glare "matte" screen option (with the glossy finish standard) and a non user-removable lithium polymer battery.[44] Instead of traditional round cells inside the casing, the lithium-ion polymer batteries are shaped and fitted into each notebook to maximally utilize space. Adaptive charging, which uses a chip to optimize the charge flow to reduce wear and tear, extends the battery's overall life.[44] Battery life for the 17-inch version is quoted at eight hours, with 80 percent of this charge remaining after 1,000 charge-discharge cycles.[44]

At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 8, 2009, it was announced that the 13-inch unibody MacBook would be upgraded and re-branded as a MacBook Pro,[45] leaving only the white polycarbonate MacBook in the MacBook line.[46] It was also announced that the entire MacBook Pro line would use the non user-removable battery first introduced in the 17-inch MacBook Pro.[47] The updated MacBook Pro 13- and the 15-inch would each have up to a claimed 7 hours of battery life, while the 17-inch would keep its 8-hour capacity.[45][47] Some sources even reported up to eight hours of battery life for the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro computers during casual use,[48] while others reported around six hours.[40] Like the 17-inch MacBook Pro, Apple claims that they will last around 1,000 charge cycles while still containing 80% of their capacity.[49] Graphics card options stayed the same from the previous release, although the 13-inch[50] and the base model 15-inch, came with only the GeForce 9400M GPU.[51] The screens were also improved, gaining a claimed 60 percent greater color gamut.[50][51] All of these mid-2009 models also included a FireWire 800 port and all except the 17-inch models would receive an SD card slot.[36] The 17-inch model would retain its ExpressCard/34 slot.[47] For the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the Kensington lock slot was moved to the right side of the chassis.[52] In August 2009, Apple extended the "matte" anti-glare display option to the 15-inch MacBook Pro.[53]

On April 13, 2010,[54]Intel Core i5 and Core i7CPUs were introduced in the 15- and 17-inch models, while the 13-inch retained the Core 2 Duo with a speed increase.[54] The power brick was redesigned[41] and a high-resolution display (of 1680 × 1050) was announced as an option for the 15-inch models.[42] The 13-inch gained an integrated NvidiaGeForce320Mgraphics processing unit (GPU) with 256 MB of shared memory, while the 15- and 17-inch models were upgraded to the GeForce GT 330M, with either 256 or 512 MB of dedicated memory.[54] The 15- and 17-inch models also have an integrated Intel GPU that is built into the Core i5 and i7 processors.[54] The 15-inch model also gained 0.1 pounds (0.045 kg).[42] Save for a third USB 2.0 slot, all the ports on the 17-inch MacBook Pro are the same in type and number as on the 15-inch version.[55] All models come with 4 GB of system memory that is upgradeable to 8 GB.[54] Battery life was also extended further in this update, to an estimated 10 hours for the 13-inch and 8–9 hours on the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro computers.[54] This was achieved through both greater power efficiency and adding more battery capacity.[54] One reviewer reported about 6 hours of battery life through a continuous video battery stress test in the 15-inch[43] and another, who called the battery life "unbeatable", reported nearer to 8 in the 13-inch through their "highly demanding battery drain test".[41]

Thunderbolt technology, Sandy Bridge dual-core Intel Core i5 and i7 (on the 13-inch model) or quad-core i7 (on the 15- and 17-inch models) processors, and a high definitionFaceTime camera were added on February 24, 2011. Intel HD Graphics 3000 come integrated with the CPU, while the 15- and 17-inch models also utilize AMD Radeon HD 6490M and Radeon HD 6750M graphics cards. Later editions of these models, following the release of OS X Lion, replaced the Expose (F3) key with a Mission Control key, and the Dashboard (F4) key with a Launchpad key. The chassis bottoms are also engraved differently from the 2010 models.[56] The Thunderbolt serial bus platform can achieve speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s,[57] which is up to twice as fast as the USB 3.0 specification, 20 times faster than the USB 2.0 specification, and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800.[58] Apple says that Thunderbolt can be used to drive displays or to transfer large quantities of data in a short amount of time.[58]

On June 11, 2012, Apple showcased its upgraded Mac notebooks, OS X Mountain Lion, and iOS 6 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco.[59] The new MacBook Pro models were updated with Ivy Bridge processors and USB 3.0 ports, and the default RAM on premium models was increased to 8 GB.[60] Following this announcement, the 17-inch model was discontinued.[citation needed] After a media event on October 22, 2013, Apple discontinued all second-generation MacBook Pro computers except for the entry-level 2.5 GHz 13-inch model.[61] Apple discontinued the 13-inch second-generation MacBook Pro on October 27, 2016. Prior to its discontinuation it was Apple's only product to still include an optical drive and a FireWire port, and only notebook with a hard disk drive and Ethernet port.[62]

Reception[edit]

Some reviewers praised the new notebook's performance and compact size,[38] the quality of the screen, and sturdy unibody build,[38] which allowed easier upgrading of internal components as compared to the original models.[38] Some reviewers also noted that the new MacBook Pro ran more quietly and at cooler temperatures than first-generation machines.[38] Others, however, criticized the amount of heat generated by the new design.[63][64]

The Reviewers lamented the loss of a matte screen option for the 2008 unibody MacBook Pro, noting the reflectiveness of the screen in sunlight, even when its brightness was turned all the way up.[38]CNET's Dan Ackerman commented of the mid-2009 models: "According to Apple, the new display offers a wider color gamut, and the screen certainly looks bright and colorful, but we wish the same matte-screen option offered on the 17-inch MacBook Pro was available across the line... While the LED screen means a thinner lid and some battery life benefits, the edge-to-edge glass covering the entire display panel grabs stray light rays with ease, making the glossy screen hard to see in some lighting conditions."[40] By 2011, matte screens were offered for both the 15" and 17" models. Furthermore, the addition of Mini DisplayPort instead of the more popular HDMI was criticized.[38] The relatively low number of ports and lower end technical specifications when compared to similarly priced laptops from other brands were also bemoaned.[38]

Laptop Magazine's Michael Prospero praised the 2010 15-inch model's display, calling it "bright and crisp". He further commented, "While reflections from the glossy display weren't overwhelming, it's also nice to know there's an antiglare option—though only for the higher resolution display. Still, colors were bright, blacks were deep and dark, and viewing angles were excellent both vertically and horizontally." He also lauded the quality of the iSight webcam, the responsiveness of the trackpad, the microphone and speakers, as well as the performance of the new CPUs for the 15" model and the long battery life. Complaints included the price of the notebook, the low number of USB ports, and the lack of HDMI.[42]

CNET praised the automatic graphics switching features of the 15- and 17-inch 2010 models as well as the graphics cards themselves. Acclaim was also given to the Core i5 and i7 CPUs, the multi-touch trackpad, and the addition of audio capabilities to the Mini DisplayPort video output.[43] They also called for the addition of HDMI and the Blu-rayoptical disc format, saying that most other computers in the MacBook Pro's price range possessed these features.[43] CNET also criticized the option of a higher-resolution screen in the 15-inch model, saying that "the higher-resolution screen should be included by default."[43]

Technical specifications[edit]

Table of 2nd-generation MacBook Pro models
Component Intel Core 2 DuoIntelCore 2 Duo, Core i5, Core i7IntelCore i5, Core i7
Model[65]Late 2008[66]Early 2009[67]Mid 2009[68][69][70]Mid 2010[71][72][73]Early 2011[74][75][76]Late 2011 [77][78][79]Mid 2012[80]Mid 2012[81]
Release dateOctober 14, 2008[35]January 6, 2009 (17")[20]
March 3, 2009 (15")[82]
June 8, 2009[83]April 13, 2010[54]February 24, 2011[84]October 24, 2011[85]June 11, 2012[86][87]
Apple order number(s)MB470*/A or MB471*/A MB470*/A, MC026*/A, MB604*/A MB990*/A, MB991*/A, MC118*/A, MB985*/A, MB986*/A, MC226*/A MC374*/A, MC375*/A, MC371*/A, MC372*/A, MC373*/A, MC024*/A MC700*/A, MC724*/A, MC721*/A, MC723*/A, MC725*/A MD311*/A, MD313*/A, MD314*/A, MD318*/A, MD322*/A, MD385*/A MD101*/A, MD102*/A MD103*/A, MD104*/A
Model number(s)A1286 (15")A1286 (15"), A1297 (17")A1278 (13"), A1286 (15"), A1297 (17")A1278 (13")A1286 (15")
Model identifier(s)MacBookPro5,1 (15")MacBookPro5,1(15")
MacBookPro5,2(17")
MacBookPro5,1(15")
MacBookPro5,2(17")
MacBookPro5,3(15")
MacBookPro5,4(15")
MacBookPro5,5(13")
MacBookPro6,1(17")
MacBookPro6,2(15")
MacBookPro7,1(13")
MacBookPro8,1 (13")
MacBookPro8,2 (15")
MacBookPro8,3 (17")
MacBookPro9,2 (13")MacBookPro9,1 (15")
LED-backlitwidescreenglossy display (16:10)N/A 13.3", 1280 × 800N/A
15.4", 1440 × 90015.4", 1440 × 900
Optional matte screen
15.4", 1440 × 900
Optional 1680 × 1050 (glossy or matte)
N/A 15.4", 1440 × 900
Optional 1680 × 1050 (glossy or matte)
N/A 17", 1920 × 1200
Optional matte screen
N/A
Video cameraiSight (480p) FaceTime HD (720p)
ProcessorN/A 2.26 GHz (P8400) or 2.53 GHz (P8700) IntelCore 2 DuoPenryn with 3 MB on-chip L2 cache2.4 GHz (P8600) or 2.66 GHz (P8800) Intel Core 2 DuoPenryn with 3 MB on-chip L2 cache2.3 GHz (2415M) Intel Core i5Sandy Bridge with 3 MB on-chip L3 cache or 2.7 GHz (2620M) Intel Core i7Sandy Bridge with 4 MB on-chip L3 cache2.4 GHz (2435M) Intel Core i5Sandy Bridge with 3 MB on-chip L3 cache or 2.8 GHz (2640M) Intel Core i7Sandy Bridge with 4 MB on-chip L3 cache2.5 GHz (3210M) Intel Core i5Ivy Bridge with 3 MB on-chip L3 cache or 2.9 GHz (3520M) Intel Core i7Ivy Bridge with 4 MB on-chip L3 cacheN/A
2.4 GHz (P8600) with 3 MB on-chip L2 cache or

2.53 GHz (T9400) IntelCore 2 DuoPenryn with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache
Optional 2.8 GHz (T9600) with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache

2.4 GHz (P8600) with 3 MB on-chip L2 cache(15" only) or 2.53 GHz (T9400) with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache(15" only) or 2.66 GHz (T9550) (17" only) IntelCore 2 DuoPenryn with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache
Optional 2.8 GHz (T9600) with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache (15" only) or 2.93 GHz (T9800) with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache (17" only)''
2.53 GHz (P8700) or 2.66 GHz (P8800) (15" only) with 3 MB on-chip L2 cache or 2.8 GHz (T9600) (15" and 17" only)IntelCore 2 DuoPenryn with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache
Optional 3.06 GHz (T9900) with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache (15" and 17" only)
2.4 GHz (520M) (15" only) or 2.53 GHz (540M) (15" and 17" only) with 3 MB on-chip L3 cache or 2.66 GHz (620M) (15" and 17" only) Intel Core i7 Arrandale with 4 MB on-chip L3 cache
Optional 2.8 GHz (640M) with 4 MB on-chip L3 cache (15" and 17" only)
2.0 GHz quad-core (2635QM) (15" only) or 2.2 GHz quad-core (2720QM) (15" and 17" only)IntelCore i7Sandy Bridge with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache
Optional 2.3 GHz (2820QM) with 8 MB on-chip L3 cache (15" and 17" only)
2.2 GHz quad-core (2675QM) (15" only) or 2.4 GHz quad-core (2760QM) (15" and 17" only)IntelCore i7Sandy Bridge with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache
Optional 2.5 GHz (2860QM) with 8 MB on-chip L3 cache (15" and 17" only)
N/A 2.3 GHz quad-core (3615QM) (15" only) or 2.6 GHz quad-core (3720QM) (15" only)IntelCore i7Ivy Bridge with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache
Optional 2.7 GHz (3820QM) with 8 MB on-chip L3 cache (15" only)
System busN/A 1,066 MHz front-side bus(13")DMI 5 GT/s
1,066 MHz front-side bus1,066 MHz front-side bus(15" and 17")IntelDMI
2.5 GT/s (15" and 17")
Memory
(two slots)
2 GB (two 1 GB) or 4 GB (two 2 GB)
Expandable to 4 GB by default, expandable to 8 GB with the latest EFI update[88]
4 GB (two 2 GB)
Expandable to 8 GB.[note 2] 2.66 and 2.93 GHz models expandable to 8 GB
2 GB (two 1 GB) or 4 GB (two 2 GB)
Expandable to 8 GB
4 GB (two 2 GB)
Expandable to 8 GB
16 GB on 13" models
4 GB (two 2 GB)
Expandable to 16 GB
4 GB (two 2 GB) or 8 GB (two 4 GB)
Expandable to 16 GB
1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM1333 MHz PC3-10600 1.5V DDR3 SDRAM[89][90]
Expandable to 16 GB of 1600 MHz PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM[91][92]
1600 MHz PC3-12800 1.35 V DDR3 SDRAM[93]
GraphicsN/A NvidiaGeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory (13" and some 15" models)NvidiaGeForce 320M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory (13" models only)Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB (512 MB with 8 GB of RAM installed)[94] DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory (13" models only)Intel HD Graphics 4000 with DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory N/A
NvidiaGeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3SDRAM shared with main memory andNvidiaGeForce9600M GT with 256 or 512 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM
Can switch between the two (but cannot use both)
NvidiaGeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory and Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT with 256 MB or 512 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM (some 15" or 17" models)
Can switch between the two (but cannot use both)
IntelHD Graphics with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory and Nvidia GeForce GT 330M with 256 MB or 512 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM (15" and 17" models)
Automatically switches between graphics hardware when running OS X
Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory(15" and 17" models)andAMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256 MB GDDR5 memory (15" models)orAMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB GDDR5 memory (15" and 17" models)
Automatically switches between graphics hardware when running OS X
Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory(15" and 17" models)andAMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512 MB GDDR5 memory (15" models)or AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB GDDR5 memory (15" and 17" models)
Automatically switches between graphics hardware when running OS X
N/A Intel HD Graphics 4000 with DDR3SDRAM shared with main memory and Nvidia GeForce GT 650M with 512 MB GDDR5 memory (base 15" model)or 1 GB GDDR5 memory
Automatically switches between graphics hardware when running OS X
Storage[note 4]250 or 320 GB SATA at 5,400 RPM
Optional 250 or 320 GB at 7,200 RPM, 128 GB SSD
250 or 320 GB SATA at 5,400 RPM
Optional 250 or 320 GB at 7,200 RPM, 128 or 256 GB SSD
160, 250, 320 or 500 GB SATA at 5,400 RPM
Optional 320 or 500 GB at 5,400 or 7,200 RPM (15" and 17" only) or 128 or 256 GB SSD
250, 320, or 500 GB SATA at 5,400 RPM.
Optional 320 or 500 GB at 5,400 RPM or 7,200 RPM, or 128, 256, or 512 GB SSD.
320 (13" only), 500, or 750 GB SATA at 5,400 RPM.
Optional 500 or 750 GB at 5,400 RPM or 500 GB at 7,200 RPM (15" and 17" only), or 128, 256, or 512 GB SSD
500 or 750 GB SATA at 5,400 RPM (13" and base 15" models)or 750 GB SATA at 5,400 RPM (high-end 15" and 17" models)
Optional 750 GB at 5,400 or 7,200 RPM (15" and 17" only), or 128, 256, or 512 GB SSD
500 or 750 GB SATA at 5,400 RPM
Optional 750 GB at 5,400 or 7,200 RPM or 1 TB at 5,400 RPM or 128, 256, 512 GB SSD
SATA 3 Gbit/s SATA 6 Gbit/s
Optical disc drive[note 5]SuperDrive: 4× DVD±R DL writes, DVD+/−R read/write, 8× DVD+RW writes, 6× DVD-RW writes, 24× CD-R, and 16× CD-RW recording
ConnectivityIntegrated AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/draft-n) (Broadcom BCM4322 2 × 2 chipset, up to 300 Mbit/s) Integrated AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) (Broadcom BCM4331 3 × 3 chipset, up to 450 Mbit/s)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Bluetooth 4.0
Gigabit Ethernet
Peripheral connectionsExpressCard/34SDXC card slot (13" and 15") or ExpressCard/34(17")SDXC card slot
USB 2.0(two ports on 13" and 15", three ports on 17")USB 3.0(two ports)
Mini DisplayPort (without audio support) Mini DisplayPort (with audio support) Thunderbolt port
Firewire 800
AudioBuilt-in stereo speakers
Audio line-in/out
Minimum operating systemMac OS X 10.5 LeopardMac OS X 10.6 Snow LeopardMac OS X 10.7 Lion
Latest release operating systemOS X 10.11 El CapitanmacOS 10.13 High SierramacOS 10.15 Catalina
Battery (lithium polymer, non-removable except in original 15") N/A 58 Wh (13")63.5 Wh (13")N/A
50 Wh removable lithium-polymer (15")73 Wh (15")77.5 Wh (15")N/A 77.5 Wh (15")
N/A 95 Wh (17")N/A
WeightN/A 4.50 lb (2.04 kg) (13")N/A
5.5 lb (2.5 kg) (15")5.6 lb (2.5 kg) (15")N/A 5.6 lb (2.5 kg) (15")
N/A 6.6 lb (3.0 kg) (17")N/A
Dimensions (width × depth × thickness)N/A 12.78 in × 8.94 in × 0.95 in (32.5 cm × 22.7 cm × 2.4 cm) (13")N/A
14.35 in × 9.82 in × 0.95 in (36.4 cm × 24.9 cm × 2.4 cm) (15")N/A 14.35 in × 9.82 in × 0.95 in (36.4 cm × 24.9 cm × 2.4 cm) (15")
N/A 15.47 in × 10.51 in × 0.98 in (39.3 cm × 26.7 cm × 2.5 cm) (17")N/A

Since the RAM and the hard drive on some generations of MacBook Pro are user-serviceable parts, there are aftermarket modifications to enhance the system with up to 16 GB of DDR3-1600 RAM (although maximum capacity and frequency depend on the hardware in question), 7200 RPM hard drives or third-party SSDs. A third-party caddy was also made, allowing the internal optical drive to be replaced with a second internal SATA 2.5-inch hard drive.

Early and Late-2011 model GPU problems[edit]

Early and Late 2011 models with a GPU; 15" & 17"; reportedly suffer from manufacturing problems leading to overheating, graphical problem, and eventually complete GPU and logic board failure. A similar but nonidentical problem affected iMac GPUs which were later recalled by Apple.[95] The problem was covered by many articles in Mac-focused magazines, starting late 2013 throughout 2014.[96][97][98][99] In August 2014 the law firm Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP had begun investigating the problem to determine if any legal claim exists.[101] On October 28, 2014, the firm announced that it has filed a class-action lawsuit in a California federal court against Apple. The lawsuit will cover residents residing in both California and Florida who have purchased a 2011 MacBook Pro notebook with an AMD graphics card. The firm is also investigating similar cases across the United States.[102] On February 20, 2015, Apple instituted the "MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues". This "will repair affected MacBook Pro systems, free of charge". The program covered affected MacBook Pro models until December 31, 2016 or four years from original date of sale.[103]

3rd generation (Retina)[edit]

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid-2012)

On June 11, 2012, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple introduced the third generation MacBook Pro, marketed as the "MacBook Pro with Retina display" to differentiate it from the previous model.[59] The new model includes Intel's third-generation Core i7 processors (Ivy Bridge microarchitecture), USB 3.0, and a high-resolution 15.4" IPS2880 × 1800Retina Display.[60] Other new or changed features include a second Thunderbolt port, an HDMI port, and a thinner MagSafe port, dubbed the "MagSafe 2".[104] The MacBook Pro with Retina display was one of only two Macs that feature a built-in HDMI port (the other being the Mac Mini). Apple introduced a 13-inch version on October 23, 2012 with specifications similar but slightly inferior to the 15-inch version's, such as less powerful processors.[105]

The new models omit Ethernet and FireWire 800 ports, though Apple offers Thunderbolt adapters for both interfaces.[106] They also omit a SuperDrive, making the 15-inch model Apple's first professional notebook since the PowerBook 2400c to ship without a built-in optical drive.[107] Instead of a hard disk drive, the new models ship with a solid state drive housed in a proprietary flash module design rather than a 2.5-inch notebook drive. Apple also claims improved speakers and microphones and a new system for cooling the notebook with improved fans.[104] The new case design does not have a Kensington lock slot, so alternative products are required to physically secure the computer.[108]

The Retina models also have fewer user-accessible upgrade or replacement options than previous MacBooks. Unlike in previous generations, the memory is soldered onto the logic board and is therefore not upgradable. The solid state drive is not soldered and can be replaced by users, although it has a proprietary connector and form factor.[109] The battery is glued into place; attempts to remove it may destroy the battery and/or trackpad.[110] The entire case uses proprietary pentalobe screws and cannot be disassembled with standard tools. While the battery is glued in, recycling companies have stated that the design is only "mildly inconvenient" and does not hamper the recycling process.[111] In any case, Apple offers a free recycling service via any of their stores and has no problem with separating the materials.

On February 13, 2013, Apple announced updated prices and processors and increased the memory of the high-end 15-inch model to 16 GB.[112]

On October 22, 2013, Apple updated the line with Intel's Haswell processors and Iris Graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt 2, and PCIe-based flash storage.[113] The chassis of the 13-inch version was slightly slimmed to 0.71 inches (18 mm) to match the 15-inch model. The lower-end 15-inch model only included integrated graphics while the higher-end model continued to include a discrete Nvidia graphics card in addition to integrated graphics.[114] Support for 4K video output via HDMI was added but limited the maximum number of external displays from three to two.[115] On July 29, 2014 Apple announced new models with updated prices and processors.[116]

On March 9, 2015, the 13-inch model was updated with Intel Broadwell processors, Iris 6100 graphics, faster flash storage (based on PCIe 2.0 × 4 technology), faster RAM (upgraded from 1600MHZ to 1866MHZ), increased battery life (extended to 10 hours), and a Force Touch trackpad.[117][118] On May 19, 2015, 15-inch model added Force Touch and changed the GPU to AMD Radeon R9 M370X, SSD based on PCIe 3.0 × 4 technology, the battery life was extended to 9 hours, and the rest of the configuration remained unchanged.[119][120] The higher-end 15-inch model also added support for dual-cable output to 5120 × 2880 displays.[121] The 15-inch models were released with the same Intel Haswell processors and Iris Pro graphics as the 2014 models due to a delay in shipment of newer Broadwell quad-core processors.[122] Apple continued to sell the 2015 15-inch model until July 2018.[123]

Design[edit]

The most apparent body changes are a thinner chassis and a display with a redesigned hinge and thinner bezel, and the removal of the internal optical drive and the battery indicator button and light on the side of the chassis. The power button is moved from the upper right corner of the chassis onto the keyboard, taking the place of the optical disc eject button.[124] At 0.71 inches (18 mm) thick, the 15-inch model is 25% thinner than its predecessor. The model name is no longer placed at the bottom of the screen bezel; instead, it is found on the underside of the chassis, similar to an iOS device. It is the first Macintosh notebook to not have its model name visible during normal use, as every prior notebook had its model name on the screen bezel or keyboard.[125]

Reception[edit]

The Retina MacBook Pro received positive reviews of the Retina Display, flash storage and power. It was criticized, however, for its high price and lack of an Ethernet port and optical drive. Roman Loyola of Macworld said that the Retina MacBook Pro was "groundbreaking" and made people "rethink how they use technology". He praised the inclusion of USB 3.0 and the slimmer body.[126]Dan Ackerman of CNET commented "I've previously called the 15-inch MacBook Pro one of the most universally useful all-around laptops you can buy. This new version adds to that with HDMI, faster ports, and more portability. But it also subtracts from that with its exclusion of an optical drive and Ethernet port, plus its very high starting price. The Pro and Retina Pro are clearly two laptops designed for two different users, and with the exception of all-day commuters who need something closer to a MacBook Air or ultrabook, one of the two branches of the MacBook Pro family tree is still probably the most universally useful laptop you can buy."[127]

The Retina MacBook line has no internal optical drives. External drives such as Apple's SuperDrive(pictured) must be used instead.

Joel Santo Domingo of PC Magazine gave the MacBook Pro an "Editor's Choice" rating. He praised its "brilliant Retina display", the thin design, port selection and speedy storage, and highlighted the expandability via Thunderbolt ports which support up to seven devices each.[128]David Pogue of The New York Times praised the 15-inch model's screen, keyboard, sound, start-up time, cosmetics, battery life, storage, and RAM capacity. They criticized the lack of a SuperDrive, pricing, and the MagSafe 2 power connector's lack of backwards compatibility with the older MagSafe design.[129]

The Retina Display on the MacBook Pro have been criticized for "image retention", specifically for displays manufactured by LG.[130][131] Many users also complained the anti-reflective coating on their screens could wear off easily, which is an issue known as "staingate".[132]

In 2017, one year after the introduction of the fourth generation of the MacBook Pro, the original lead developer of Tumblr Marco Arment wrote an evocative article in which he declared the Retina MacBook Pro the best laptop ever made.[133] The sentiment was shared by many users of various social platforms.[134]

Repairability and environmental concerns[edit]

Apple was criticized for gluing the battery into the case, making it harder to be recycled (ease of disassembly is an EPEAT criterion). Greenpeace spokesman Casey Harrell said Apple "has pitted design against the environment—and chosen design. They're making a big bet that people don't care, but recycling is a big issue."[135]Wired also criticized Apple's recyclability claims: "[t]he design may well be comprised of 'highly recyclable aluminum and glass'—but my friends in the electronics recycling industry tell me they have no way of recycling aluminum that has glass glued to it like Apple did with both this machine and the recent iPad."[136]

Battery problems[edit]

In June 2019, Apple announced a worldwide recall for certain 2015 15" MacBook Pro computers due to a potential overheating and fire-safety risk. Affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and recall eligibility is determined by the product serial number. It was determined that 432,000 units were affected with reports of minor burns, smoke inhalation and property damage. The company asked customers to stop using their MacBook Pro computers until they could be repaired with replacement batteries.[137][138][139]

In September 2019, India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation said MacBook Pro computers could dangerously overheat, leading the national carrier Air India to ban the model on its flights.[140]

Technical specifications[edit]

Table of 3rd-generation Retina MacBook Pro models
Component IntelCorei5, Core i7
Model Mid 2012[141]Late 2012[142]Early 2013[143][144]Late 2013 [145][146]Mid-2014[147][148]Early 2015[149]Mid 2015[150]
Release dateJune 11, 2012 (15")[86][87]October 23, 2012 (13")[105]February 13, 2013[112]October 22, 2013[113]July 29, 2014[116]March 9, 2015(13")[118]May 19, 2015 (15")[120]
Apple order number(s)MC975*/A or MC976*/A or MD831*/A MD212*/A or MD213*/A ME664*/A, ME665*/A, ME698*/A, ME662*/A, ME663*/A, ME697*/A ME864*/A,

ME865*/A,

ME866*/A,

ME293*/A,

ME294*/A

MGX72*/A, MGX82*/A, MGX92*/A, MGXA2*/A, MGXC2*/A MF839*/A, MF840*/A, MF841*/A MJLQ2*/A, MJLT2*/A
Model number(s)A1425 (13"), A1398 (15")A1502 (13"), A1398 (15")
Model identifier(s)MacBookPro10,1 MacBookPro10,2 MacBookPro10,2 MacBookPro11,1 MacBookPro12,1 MacBookPro11,4
MacBookPro11,5
MacBookPro10,1 MacBookPro11,2
MacBookPro11,3
LED-backlitwidescreenRetina Display13.3", 2560 × 1600 (16∶10), 227 px/in
15.4", 2880 × 1800 (16∶10), 220 px/in
Video cameraFaceTime HD (720p)
Processor2.3 GHz (i7-3615QM) 4-coreIntelCore i7Ivy Bridge with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache(15")

Optional 2.6 GHz (i7-3720QM) with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache
Optional 2.7 GHz (i7-3820QM) with 8 MB on-chip L3 cache

2.5 GHz (i5-3210M) 2-coreIntel Core i5Ivy Bridge processor with 3 MB shared L3 cache(13")

Optional 2.9 GHz (i7-3520M) dual-core Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor with 4 MB shared L3 cache

2.6 GHz (i5-3230M) 2-core Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor with 3 MB shared L3 cache (13")

Optional 3.0 GHz (i7-3540M) 2-core Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge with 4 MB shared L3 cache

2.4 GHz (i5-4258U) 2-core Intel Core i5 Haswell processor with 3 MB shared L3 cache(13")

Optional 2.6 GHz (i5-4288U) 2-core Intel Core i5 Haswell with 3 MB shared L3 cache or2.8 GHz (i7-4558U) 2-core Intel Core i7 Haswell with 4 MB shared L3 cache

2.6 GHz (i5-4278U) 2-core Intel Core i5 Haswell processor with 3 MB shared L3 cache (13")

Optional 2.8 GHz (i5-4308U) 2-core Intel Core i5 Haswell with 3 MB shared L3 cacheor 3.0 GHz (i7-4578U) 2-core Intel Core i7 Haswell with 4 MB shared L3 cache

2.7 GHz (i5-5257U) 2-core Intel Core i5 Broadwell processor with 3 MB shared L3 cache(13")

Optional 2.9 GHz (i5-5287U) 2-core Intel Core i5 Broadwell with 3 MB shared L3 cache or3.1 GHz (i7-5557U) 2-core Intel Core i7 Broadwell with 4 MB shared L3 cache

2.2 GHz (i7-4770HQ) 4-coreIntelCore i7Haswell with 6 MB on-chip L3 and 128 MB L4 cache (Crystalwell) (15")

Optional 2.5 GHz (i7-4870HQ) with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache and 128 MB L4 cache (Crystalwell) or2.8 GHz (i7-4980HQ) with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache and 128 MB L4 cache (Crystalwell)

2.4 GHz (i7-3635QM) 4-coreIntelCore i7Ivy Bridge with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache(15")[151][152]

Optional 2.7 GHz (i7-3740QM) with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache or2.8 GHz (i7-3840QM) with 8 MB on-chip L3 cache

2.0 GHz (i7-4750HQ) 4-core Intel Core i7 Haswell with 6 MB on-chip L3 and 128 MB L4 cache (Crystalwell) (15")

Optional 2.3 GHz (i7-4850HQ) with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache and 128 MB L4 cache (Crystalwell) or2.6 GHz (i7-4960HQ) with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache and 128 MB L4 cache (Crystalwell)

2.2 GHz (i7-4770HQ) 4-coreIntelCore i7Haswell with 6 MB on-chip L3 and 128 MB L4 cache (Crystalwell) (15")

Optional 2.5 GHz (i7-4870HQ) with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache and 128 MB L4 cache (Crystalwell)or 2.8 GHz (i7-4980HQ) with 6 MB on-chip L3 cache and 128 MB L4 cache (Crystalwell)

System busIntelDMI 5 GT/s
Memory8 GB built-in onboard RAM (not upgradeable) (15")
Optional 16 GB RAM configuration available at time of purchase only
8 GB built-in onboard RAM (not upgradeable) (13")8 GB built-in onboard RAM (not upgradeable) (13")4 GB built-in onboard RAM (not upgradeable) (13", 128 GB)
Optional 8 and 16 GB RAM configuration available at time of purchase only
8 GB built-in onboard RAM (not upgradeable) (13")
Optional 16 GB RAM configuration available at time of purchase only
8 GB built-in onboard RAM (not upgradeable) (13")
Optional 16 GB RAM configuration available at time of purchase only
16 GB built-in onboard RAM (15")
8 GB built-in onboard RAM (not upgradeable) (13", 256 and 512 GB)
Optional 16 GB RAM configuration available at time of purchase only
8 GB built-in onboard RAM (not upgradeable) (15", 2.4 GHz)

Optional 16 GB RAM configuration available at time of purchase only

8 GB built-in onboard RAM (not upgradeable) (15", 2.0 GHz)
Optional 16 GB RAM configuration available at time of purchase only
16 GB built-in onboard RAM (15")
16 GB built-in onboard RAM (15", 2.7 GHz)16 GB built-in onboard RAM (15", 2.3 GHz)
1600 MHz PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1866 MHz PC3-14900 LPDDR3 SDRAM (13")1600 MHz PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM (15")
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000 with DDR3L SDRAM shared with main memory and Nvidia GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB GDDR5 memory. (15")
Automatically switches between graphics hardware when running OS X
Intel HD Graphics 4000 with DDR3L SDRAM shared with main memory (13")Intel HD Graphics 4000 with DDR3LSDRAM shared with main memory (13")Intel Iris 5100 Graphics with DDR3L SDRAM shared with main memory (13")Intel Iris 6100 Graphics with LPDDR3SDRAM shared with main memory (13")Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics with 128 MB eDRAM (15", 2.2 GHz)
Intel HD Graphics 4000 with DDR3L SDRAM shared with main memory and Nvidia GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB GDDR5 memory. (15")
Automatically switches between graphics hardware when running macOS
Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics with 128 MB eDRAM(15", 2.0 GHz)Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics with 128 MB eDRAM (15", 2.2 GHz)Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics with 128 MB eDRAM or Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics with 128 MB eDRAM and AMDRadeon R9 M370X with 2 GB GDDR5 memory. (15", 2.5 and 2.8 GHz)
Automatically switches between graphics hardware when running OS X
Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics with 128 MB eDRAM and NvidiaGeForceGT 750M with 2 GB GDDR5 memory. (15", 2.3 GHz)
Automatically switches between graphics hardware when running OS X
Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics with 128 MB eDRAM and NvidiaGeForceGT 750M with 2 GB GDDR5 memory. (15", 2.5 and 2.8 GHz)
Automatically switches between graphics hardware when running macOS
Storage[note 4]256 GB, 512 GB, or 768 GB SSD (15", 2.3 GHz)128, 256, 512, or 768 GB SSD (13")128, 256, 512, or 768 GB SSD (13", 2.5 GHz)128 or 256 GB (13", 2.4 GHz)128 or 256 GB (13", 2.6 GHz)128 GB or 256 GB (13", 2.7 GHz)256, 512 GB, or 1 TB SSD (15", 2.2 GHz)
256, 512, or 768 GB SSD (13", 2.6 GHz)512 GB or 1 TB SSD (13", 2.6 GHz)512 GB or 1 TB SSD (13", 2.8 GHz)
512 GB or 768 GB SSD (15", 2.6 GHz)256, 512, or 768 GB SSD (15", 2.4 GHz)256, 512 GB, or 1 TB SSD (15", 2.0 GHz)256, 512 GB, or 1 TB SSD (15", 2.2 GHz)512 GB or 1 TB SSD (13", 2.9 GHz)512 GB or 1 TB SSD (15", 2.5 and 2.8 GHz)
512 or 768 GB SSD (15", 2.7 GHz)512 GB or 1 TB SSD (15", 2.3 GHz)512 GB or 1 TB SSD (15", 2.5 GHz)
mSATA 6 Gbit/s PCIe 2.0 ×2 5.0 GT/s (8 Gbit/s) PCIe 2.0 ×4 5.0 GT/s (16 Gbit/s)[153]PCIe 3.0 ×4 8.0 GT/s (31.5 Gbit/s)
Wi-FiIntegrated Wi-Fi 4 (802.11a/b/g/n) (2.4 and 5 GHz, up to 450 Mbit/s)
(Broadcom BCM4331 3 × 3 chipset)
Integrated Wi-Fi 5 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) (2.4 and 5 GHz, up to 1.3 Gbit/s)
(Broadcom BCM4360 3 × 3 chipset)
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Peripheral connectionsSDXC card slot
2 USB 3.0
2 Thunderbolt ports
Supports two 2560 × 1600 displays
2 Thunderbolt 2 ports
Supports two 2560 × 1600 displays (13") or two 3840 × 2160 (15")
2 Thunderbolt 2 ports
Supports two 3840 × 2160 displays
2 Thunderbolt 2 ports
Supports two 3840 × 2160 displays (Iris Graphics) or one 5120 × 2880 dual-cable display (Radeon R9)
HDMI port
Supports 1920 × 1200 output[154]
HDMI port
Supports 3840 × 2160 @ 30 Hz or 4096 × 2160 @ 24 Hz output[115]
Audio line out (analog/optical)
Battery (Li-Poly Battery, non-removable) 74 Wh(13")71.8 Wh(13")74.9 Wh(13")
95.0 Wh(15")99.5 Wh(15")
Minimum operating systemMac OS X 10.7 LionOS X 10.8 Mountain LionOS X 10.9 MavericksOS X 10.10 Yosemite
Latest release operating systemmacOS 10.15 CatalinamacOS 11 Big SurmacOS 12 Monterey
Weight3.57 lb (1.62 kg) (13")3.46 lb (1.57 kg) (13")3.48 lb (1.58 kg) (13")
4.46 lb (2.02 kg) (15")4.49 lb (2.04 kg) (15")
Dimensions (width × depth × thickness)12.35 in × 8.62 in × 0.75 in (31.4 cm × 21.9 cm × 1.9 cm) (13")12.35 in × 8.62 in × 0.71 in (31.4 cm × 21.9 cm × 1.8 cm) (13")
14.13 in × 9.73 in × 0.71 in (35.9 cm × 24.7 cm × 1.8 cm) (15")

4th generation (Touch Bar)[edit]

"Touch Bar" redirects here. For another notebook that is manufactured with a touch bar, see ThinkPad X1 Carbon § X1 Carbon (2nd Gen).

The 15-inch late 2016 MacBook Pro
Teardown of a 2019 MacBook Pro (16 inch) showing the internal parts

Apple unveiled fourth generation 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models during a press event at their headquarters on October 27, 2016. All models, except for the baseline 13-inch model, introduced the Touch Bar, a multi-touch enabled OLED strip built into the top of the keyboard in place of the function keys. The Touch Bar models also include a sapphire-glass covered Touch ID sensor at the right end of the Touch Bar which doubles as a power button. The models also introduce a "second-generation" butterfly mechanism keyboard that provided more travel than the first iteration implemented on the Retina MacBook. The 13-inch model has a trackpad that is 46% larger than its predecessor while the 15-inch model has a trackpad twice as large as the prior generation.

All ports have been replaced with either two or four combination Thunderbolt 3 ports that support USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 and dual DisplayPort 1.2 signals,[155] any of which can be used for charging.[156] The MacBook Pro is incompatible with some older Thunderbolt 3 certified peripherals,[157][158] including Intel's own reference design for Thunderbolt 3 devices.[159] Furthermore, macOS on MacBook Pro blocks certain classes of Thunderbolt 3 compatible devices from working by blacklisting them.[160] Support for Thunderbolt 3 external graphics processing units (eGPU) was added in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4.[161] Devices using HDMI, previous generation Thunderbolt, and USB will require an adapter to connect to the MacBook Pro.[156][162][163] The models come with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, although TOSLINK functionality of older generation MacBook Pro computers has been removed.

Other updates to the MacBook Pro include dual- and quad-core Intel"Skylake" Core i5 and i7 processors, improved graphics, and displays that offer a 25% wider color gamut, 67% more brightness, and 67% more contrast. All versions are able to output to a 5K display, with the 15-inch models capable of two. The 15-inch models include a discrete Radeon Pro 450, 455 or 460 graphics card in addition to the integrated Intel graphics. Additionally, Apple introduced a cheaper lower-end 13-inch model which lacks the Touch Bar in favor of function keys, and has only two USB-C ports. The flash storage in the Touch Bar models is soldered to the logic board and is not upgradeable, while in the 13-inch model without Touch Bar, it is removable, but difficult to replace, as it is a proprietary format of SSD storage.[164][165]

On June 5, 2017, Apple updated the line with Intel Kaby Lake processors and newer graphics cards. Additionally, the 13-inch model now comes with a 128 GB[a] storage option, down from the base 256 GB[a] storage.[166] New symbols are introduced to the control and option keys. On July 12, 2018, Apple updated the Touch Bar models with Intel Coffee Lake quad-core processors in 13-inch models and six-core processors in 15-inch models, updated graphics cards, improved third-generation butterfly keyboards, Bluetooth 5, T2 SoC Chip, True Tone display technology, and larger capacity batteries. The 15-inch model can also be configured with up to 4 TB[a] of storage, 32 GB of DDR4 memory and a Core i9 processor.[167] In late November the higher-end 15-inch model could be configured with Radeon Pro Vega graphics. On May 21, 2019 Apple announced updated Touch Bar models with newer processors, with an eight-core Core i9 standard for the higher-end 15-inch model, and an updated keyboard manufactured with "new materials" across the line.[168] On July 9, 2019 Apple updated the 13-inch model with two Thunderbolt ports with newer quad-core 8th-generation processors and Intel Iris Plus graphics, True Tone display technology, and replaced the function keys with the Touch Bar.[169]macOS Catalina added support for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 on 2018 and newer models.[170] macOS Catalina 10.15.2 added support for 6016x3384 output on 15-inch 2018 and newer models to run the Pro Display XDR at full resolution.[171]

The 2019 MacBook Pro is the final model that can be downgraded from macOS Catalina 10.15 to macOS Mojave 10.14; 2020 models cannot. Mojave is the final MacOS operating system to support 32-bit applications such as Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. 32-bit applications will fail to run on Catalina or later iterations of the Mac operating system, as they only support 64-bit applications.

Design and usability[edit]

The fourth generation MacBook Pro follows the design of the previous two generations with an all-metal unibody enclosure and separated black keys. A few apparent design changes are a thinner chassis, thinner screen bezel, larger trackpad, the OLED Touch Bar, and shallower butterfly mechanism keyboard with less key separation than the previous models. The speakers grilles have been relocated to the sides of the keyboard on the 13-inch variant. Tear downs show that the speaker grilles on the 13-inch model with Touch Bar are "largely cosmetic", and that sound output mostly comes through the side vents.[172] The fourth generation MacBook Pro comes in two finishes, the traditional silver color and a darker "space gray" color. The MacBook Pro model name returns to the bottom of the screen bezel in Apple's San Francisco font after being absent from the second generation with Retina display. As with the Retina MacBook, the new models replace the backlit white Apple logo on the rear of the screen, a feature dating back to the 1999 PowerBook G3, with a glossy black opaque version.[173]

MagSafe, a magnetic charging connector, has been replaced with USB-C charging.[156] Unlike MagSafe, which provided an indicator light within the user's field of view to indicate the device's charging status, the USB-C charger has no visual indicator. Instead, the MacBook Pro emits a chime when connected to power.[156] The Macintosh startup chime that has been used since the first Macintosh in 1984 is now disabled by default. The notebook now boots automatically when the lid is opened.[156]

Battery life[edit]

The battery life of the new models also received mixed reception, with outlets reporting inconsistent battery life and inaccurate estimates of time remaining on battery by the operating system. After the latter reports, Apple used a macOS update to hide the display of estimated battery time.[174][175]Consumer Reports did not initially recommend the 2016 MacBook Pro models, citing inconsistent and unpredictable battery life in its lab testing (which involves the consecutive loading of multiple websites). However, Apple and Consumer Reports found that the results had been affected by a bug caused by disabling caching in Safari's developer tools. Consumer Reports performed the tests again with a patched macOS, and retracted its original assessment.[176][177]

Repairability[edit]

iFixit scored the models 1 out of 10 for repairability, noting that memory, the processor, and flash storage are soldered to the logic board, while the battery is glued to the case. The entire assembly uses proprietary pentalobe screws and cannot be disassembled with standard tools.[164]

Keyboard reliability[edit]

A report by AppleInsider has claimed that the updated butterfly keyboard fails twice as often as previous models, often due to particles stuck beneath the keys.[178] Repairs for stuck keys have been estimated to cost more than $700.[179] In May 2018, two class action lawsuits were filed against Apple regarding the keyboard problem; one alleged a "constant threat of nonresponsive keys and accompanying keyboard failure" and accusing Apple of not alerting consumers to the problem.[180][181] In June 2018, Apple announced a Service Program to "service eligible MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards, free of charge".[182] The 2018 models added a membrane underneath keys to prevent malfunction from dust.[183] As of early 2019, there were reports of problems with the same type of keyboards in the 2018 MacBook Air.[184][185] In May 2019, Apple modified the keyboard for the fourth time and promised that any MacBook keyboard with butterfly switches will be repaired or replaced free during four years after the date of sale.[186]

Thermal throttling[edit]

PC Magazine said "the Core i9 processor Apple chose to use inside the MacBook Pro (i9-8950K) has a base clock frequency of 2.9GHz, which is capable of bursting up to 4.8GHz when necessary. However, testing carried out by YouTuber Dave Lee showed that the Core i9 couldn't even maintain 2.9GHz, let alone 4.8GHz. And it ended up running at 2.2GHz due to the heat generated inside the chassis forcing it to throttle. Lee found the 2018 i9 MacBook Pro was slower than the 2017 MacBook Pro and stated, "This isn't a problem with Intel's Core i9, it's Apple's thermal solution."[187] When Lee put the i9 MacBook Pro inside a freezer, the render times were over 30% faster.[188]

On July 24, 2018, Apple released a software fix for the new 2018 MacBook Pro computers which addressed the thermal throttling problem. Apple said "there is a missing digital key in the firmware that impacts the thermal management system and could drive clock speeds down under heavy thermal loads on the new MacBook Pro".[189]

Other problems[edit]

A "limited number" of 13-inch MacBook Pro units without Touch Bar, manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017, saw the built-in battery swell. Apple created a free replacement program for eligible units.[190]

A "limited number" of 128 and 256 GB solid-state drives used in 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar) units can lose data and fail. 13-inch MacBook Pro units with affected drives were sold between June 2017 and June 2018. This resulted in Apple launching a repair program for those affected – the repair involves the update of firmware.[191]

Some users are reporting kernel panics on 2018 models, because of the T2 chip. Apple is already aware of the problem and performing an investigation.[192] There are also user reports about the speaker crackling problems on the 2018 models.[193]

Users have reported malfunctioning display cables, causing uneven lighting at the bottom of the screen and ultimately display failure. Customers of Apple have named this issue "Flexgate". The problem has been tracked to a cable, stressed from opening and closing the notebook. The entire display needs to be replaced in affected units.[194] In May 2019 Apple initiated a program to replace the display on affected 13-inch models made in 2016 for free, and the cable on the 2018 models and onwards was made 2 mm longer than on prior models, thus reducing the likelihood of display failure .[195] Apple has been criticized for not extending the replacement program to the 15-inch models which are also affected by this issue.[196][197]

Reception[edit]

The 2016 MacBook Pro was criticized for needing hubs or dongles, shown, for USB-A or SD card connections.

The fourth-generation MacBook Pro received mixed reviews. The display, build quality, and audio quality were praised but many complaints went toward the keyboard butterfly switch, the touch bar not being useful in many applications due to a lack of development for it, and the lack of any USB-A ports, HDMI port or an SD card slot.

Ars Technica noted that the second-generation keyboard with firm keys was a "drastic departure" from previous Retina MacBook keyboards. It further noted that resting palms may brush the trackpad occasionally causing inadvertent cursor jumps onscreen as the notebook interprets this as input, without one's hands or wrists actually resting on it.[156] Also noted was an increase of bandwidth and approximately 40 percent increased read speed of the flash storage.[156]Engadget praised the thinner, lighter design, improved display and audio, and increased speed of the graphics and flash storage, but criticized the lack of ports and price.[198]Wired praised the display, calling it "the best laptop display I've ever seen", as well as praising the Touch Bar, though it criticized the need of adapters for many common connectors.[199] Likewise, The Verge concluded that "using [the new MacBook] is alienating to anyone living in the present. I agree with Apple's vision of the future. I'm just not buying it today."[200]

Engadget voiced their concerns that "by doing things like removing full-sized USB ports, the memory card reader and even the Function row, Apple seems to have forgotten how many of us actually work".[201] Heavy keyboard users criticized the Touch Bar, noting that command-line tools like Vim rely on keyboard usage, and the Touch Bar does not provide the tactile feedback necessary for "blind" usage of Function keys.[202] Miriam Nielsen from The Verge said about the Touch Bar experience: "When I tried to intentionally use the Touch Bar, I felt like a kid learning how to type again. I had to keep looking down at the bar instead of looking at the images I was actually trying to edit."[203] She also pointed out that after learning the Touch Bar one cannot work as efficiently on any other computer. Developers have their share of headaches because they cannot rely on the Touch Bar being present on every machine that runs their software. Even if Apple makes the Touch Bar an integral part of macOS, it will take "many years" for it to become ubiquitous, in the meantime, anything in the Bar needs to be available through another part of the interface.[204]

Other items of critique were non-compatibility between Thunderbolt 2 and 3 devices, frequently unpleasant fan whine noises in idle CPU states on the larger screen (15") models were reported, where the two integrated fans run all the time by default.[citation needed] The coprocessor powering the touch bar and higher TDP of the stronger CPU models are responsible for this behavior.

In 2016-2017. the Touch Bar caused furore amongst American state bars because of concerns that the predictive text could be used to cheat on bar exams. The responses varied state by state: New York State Bar Association outright banned the use of the MacBook Pro on bar exams, anyone coming to take examinations with one would have to write their answers on paper, while North Carolina Bar Association allowed students to take the state bar exam with the computer once a proctor has verified that the predictive text feature has been disabled.[205][206]

Technical specifications[edit]

Table of 4th-generation MacBook Pro (Touch Bar and butterfly mechanism keyboard) models
Component IntelCorei5, Core i7, Core i9
Model Late 2016[207][208][209]Mid 2017[210][211]Mid 2018[212][213]Mid 2019[214][215]
Model name13-inch, 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports[207]13-inch, 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports[208]15-inch[209]13-inch, 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports[216]13-inch, 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports[210]15-inch[211]13-inch, 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports[212]15-inch[213]13-inch, 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports[217]13-inch, 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports[218]15-inch[219]
Release dateOctober 27, 2016[220]November 12, 2016[221]June 5, 2017 July 12, 2018[222]July 9, 2019 May 21, 2019
Model number(s)MLL42LL/A or MLUQ2LL/A MLH12LL/A or MLVP2LL/A or MNQF2LL/A or MNQG2LL/A MLH32LL/A or MLH42LL/A or MLW72LL/A or MLW82LL/A MPXQ2LL/A or MPXR2LL/A or MPXT2LL/A or MPXU2LL/A MPXV2LL/A or MPXW2LL/A or MPXX2LL/A or MPXY2LL/A MPTR2LL/A or MPTT2LL/A or MPTU2LL/A or MPTV2LL/A MR9Q2LL/A or MR9R2LL/A or MR9T2LL/A or MR9U2LL/A or MR9V2LL/A MR932LL/A or MR942LL/A or MR952LL/A or MR962LL/A or MR972LL/A MUHN2LL/A or MUHP2LL/A or MUHQ2LL/A or MUHR2LL/A or MUHR2LL/B MV962LL/A or MV972LL/A or MV982LL/A or MV992LL/A or MV9A2LL/A MV902LL/A or MV912LL/A or MV922LL/A or MV932LL/A or MV942LL/A or MV952LL/A
Model identifier(s)MacBookPro13,1 (A1708) MacBookPro13,2 (A1706) MacBookPro13,3 (A1707) MacBookPro14,1 (A1708) MacBookPro14,2 (A1706) MacBookPro14,3 (A1707) MacBookPro15,2 (A1989) MacBookPro15,1

MacBookPro15,3 (A1990)

MacBookPro15,4 (A2159) MacBookPro15,2 (A1989) MacBookPro15,1 MacBookPro15,3 (A1990)
LED-backlitwidescreenglossyRetina Display13.3", 2560 × 1600 (16∶10), 227 px/in with wide color gamut (P3), 500 cd/m2[223](13")13.3", 2560 × 1600 (16∶10), 227 px/in with wide color gamut (P3), 500 cd/m2,[223] True Tone display (13")
15.4", 2880 × 1800 (16∶10), 220 px/in with wide color gamut (P3), 500 cd/m2(15")15.4", 2880 × 1800 (16∶10), 220 px/in with wide color gamut (P3), 500 cd/m2, True Tone display (15")
Video camera720pFaceTime HD camera
Processor2 GHz 2-coreIntel Core i5Skylake (6360U), up to 3.1 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache[224]

Optional 2.4 GHz i7-6660U, up to 3.4 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache[225]

2.9 GHz 2-core Intel Core i5 Skylake (6267U), up to 3.3 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache[226]

Optional 3.1 GHz i5-6287U, up to 3.5 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache[227]
Optional 3.3 GHz i7-6567U, up to 3.6 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache[228]

2.6 GHz 4-core Intel Core i7 Skylake (6700HQ), up to 3.5 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache[229]Optional 2.9 GHz i7-6920HQ, up to 3.8 GHz, 8 MB L3 cache[230]2.3 GHz 2-core Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake (7360U), up to 3.6 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache

Optional 2.5 GHz i7-7660U, up to 4.0 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache

3.1 GHz 2-core Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake (7267U), up to 3.5 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache

Optional 3.3 GHz i5-7287U, up to 3.7 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache
Optional 3.5 GHz (i7-7567U), up to 4.0 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache

2.8 GHz 4-core Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake (7700HQ), up to 3.8 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache

Optional 3.1 GHz i7-7920HQ, up to 4.1 GHz, 8 MB L3 cache

2.3 GHz 4-core Intel Core i5 Coffee Lake (8259U), up to 3.8 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache[231]

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