With no real fan fare or press invites going viral of an upcoming launch event, it was a sure bet that 2018 was not going to see any major changes to the MacBook Pro range.





2018 MacBook Pro

As it turned out, not even the full Pro range was upgraded this time around.  Instead, the top end Touch Bar models have been given some extra speed, power and storage.





The press briefing points to developers and power users being the focus of these upgrades and with the highest specification 15″ model now costing an eye watering £6,200! Most standard Pro users will not be rushing out to swap out their current models.

The 8th Generation Intel Core processor is the major addition this time around with the quad-core for the 13″ and a 6-core for the 15″ model.  This, Apple claim, will increase power and speed by up to 70% on the previous Touch Bar models that were released back in 2016.

Next up is the display.

“With 500 nits of brightness and support for the P3 wide color gamut, the Retina display on MacBook Pro is the best Mac notebook display ever. Now with True Tone technology, the display and Touch Bar deliver a more natural viewing experience for design and editing workflows, as well as everyday tasks like browsing the web and writing email.” ~ Apple.


In an era of Cloud storage and, supposedly, lighting fast internet connections, some would argue that large capacity storage on devices could be a thing of the past.  However the 2018 MacBook Pro range can be boosted up to 2TB SSD for the 13″ and an impressive 4TB SSD on the 15″ model.



The 2016 base models are covered here.  The main upgrades to both are:

13″ MacBook Pro (2018)

  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors
  • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM
  • Up to 2TB of SSD storage2
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip


15″ MacBook Pro (2018)

  • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory
  • Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory in every configuration
  • Up to 4TB of SSD storage2
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip





The 2018 MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar will start at £1,749 and can rise up to £3,599.  Whereas the 15″ model starts at £2,349 and, as stated earlier, can reach £6,200!! Both are available now from Apple.

Just don’t forget to add that £329 Applecare insurance!


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