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Apple introduces its first 8-core MacBook Pro (but no 16-inch model)

Well, I didn’t see this coming. Apple just announced an update of the MacBook Pro with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. There are reports that is also includes an updated keyboard made of a new material.

However, there’s no 16-inch model, as analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted. With the LG UltraFine 4K and 5K no longer available at the Apple online store, I’d expect the announcement of a new Apple display any day now — at least at the Worldwide Developer Conference, which starts on June 3.

The pro laptop now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40% more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever, according to Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product Marketing.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro delivers Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz.

Along with these new processors, the revamped laptop packs a Retina display with 500 nits of brightness, support for the P3 wide color gamut and True Tone technology. It also comes with immersive stereo speakers with wide-stereo sound, touch ID, the Touch Bar and a large Force Touch trackpad. It also boasts the Apple T2 Security Chip for enhanced security, and Thunderbolt 3 ports for data transfer, charging and connecting up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs.

Starting at $1,799 and $2,399 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro are available today through, the Apple Store app and in select Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.