New MacBook Pro (2018): Price, specs and release date revealed

Apple MacBook Pro (2018): Release date, specs, price and latest news

Apple has announced the new MacBook Pro for 2018, which will be available in 13-inch and 15-inch versions.

As expected, the update improves a lot of core specs – key changes include support for up to Intel Core i9 processors, clock speeds up to 4.8GHz and SSD storage up to a 4TB. There’s no huge iterative leap with the 2018 MacBook Pro range. Both new models come with a Touch Bar.

The new displays support the DCI P3 colour gamut which videographers will no doubt appreciate (although this standard stops short of the colour width offered by the Adobe RGB spectrum), and the 500 nit display now features True Tone technology. It’s not as bright as a full HDR10 display but video content will still benefit from this boost.

The new MacBook Pros are available buy now from £1749 for the entry-level 13-inch version and £2349 for the 15-inch edition.

The Apple MacBook Pro had its first major update in ages at the end of 2016 with the impressive 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro. A refreshed MacBook followed in 2017, and this 2018 model is very similar.

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Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Release Date: When will the new 2018 MacBook Pro come out?

The 13-inch and 15-inch Touch Bar versions of the 2018 MacBook Pro are available to buy online and in store from Apple now. There are no non-Touch Bar versions available and it’s currently unclear if Apple plans to release any – which may disappoint some bargain hunters who aren’t bothered about this latest feature.

MacOS 10.14, aka macOS Mojave, isn’t due to arrive until the autumn. Apple has yet to give a concrete release date, but it’s expected to drop before the end of September.

Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Price: How much will the new MacBook Pro cost?

UK pricing for the entire 2018 range has now been announced; but the MacBook Pros will start at at £1749 for 13-inch models and £2349 for the cheapest 15-inch version.

Full prices are as follows:

2018 MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar – 2.3GHz quad-core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz)

  • 256GB storage, 8GB RAM – £1749
  • 256GB storage, 16GB RAM – £1929
  • 512GB storage, 8GB RAM – £1949
  • 512GB storage, 16GB RAM – £2129
  • 1TB storage, 8GB RAM – £2349
  • 1TB storage, 16GB RAM – £2529
  • 2TB storage, 8GB RAM – £3149
  • 2TB storage, 16GB RAM – £3329

2018 MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar – 2.7GHz quad-core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz)

  • 256GB storage, 8GB RAM – £2019
  • 256GB storage, 16GB RAM – £2199
  • 512GB storage, 8GB RAM – £2219
  • 512GB storage, 16GB RAM – £2399
  • 1TB storage, 8GB RAM – £2619
  • 1TB storage, 16GB RAM – £2799
  • 2TB storage, 8GB RAM – £3419
  • 2TB storage, 16GB RAM – £3599

2018 MacBook Pro 15-inch with Touch Bar – 2.2GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz)

  • 256GB storage, 16GB RAM – £2349
  • 256GB storage, 32GB RAM – £2709
  • 512GB storage, 16GB RAM – £2529
  • 512GB storage, 32GB RAM – £2889
  • 1TB storage, 16GB RAM – £2889
  • 1TB storage, 32GB RAM – £3249
  • 2TB storage, 16GB RAM – £3609
  • 2TB storage, 32GB RAM – £3969
  • 4TB storage, 16GB RAM – £5409
  • 4TB storage, 32GB RAM – £5769

2018 MacBook Pro 15-inch with Touch Bar – 2.9GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i9 processor (Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz)

  • 256GB storage, 16GB RAM – £2699
  • 256GB storage, 32GB RAM – £3059
  • 512GB storage, 16GB RAM – £2879
  • 512GB storage, 32GB RAM – £3239
  • 1TB storage, 16GB RAM – £3239
  • 1TB storage, 32GB RAM – £3599
  • 2TB storage, 16GB RAM – £3959
  • 2TB storage, 32GB RAM – £4319
  • 4TB storage, 16GB RAM – £5759
  • 4TB storage, 32GB RAM – £6119

Apple’s also giving you the option of upgrading the GPU of the 15-inch 2018 MacBook Pro. An AMD Radeon Pro 555X is installed as standard, but for £90, you can switch this out for a Radeon Pro 560X. 4GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM is paired with each GPU, so there’s little reason to make the jump here, unless you’re doing some seriously heavy video editing or gaming.

Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Specs and Features: What’s new?

Siri, Apple’s chipper voice assistant that’s been a staple of  iOS devices for a while now, can be summoned using just your voice for the first time on a MacBook. Aside from saying something like ‘Hey Siri, launch Civilization VI’ to boot up your favourite strategy game, it’s currently unclear if there’ll be any tighter integration with other Siri-supported hardware.

Hardware-wise, the most exciting takehome is Intel’s 2.9GHz 6-core Core i9 processor, which sits in the highest-end 15-inch MacBook Pro. This can be kicked up to 4.8GHz with Turbo Boost, which, if Intel’s claims are true, should allow for a significant increase in gaming frame rates and 4K video editing.

You’ll also be able to bump up storage on all versions, with the 13-inch MacBook Pro able to take up to a 2TB SSD and the 15-inch version able to take a 4TB SSD. Memory can also be expanded on 15-inch MacBook Pros, by up to 32GB.

Here’s what’s been confirmed so far:

Specs Macbook Pro 15 Macbook Pro 13
CPU 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM
RAM Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory Up to 16GB LPDDR3 RAM
Graphics Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory in every configuration

eGPU compatible

Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM

eGPU compatible

Storage Up to 4TB of SSD storage Up to 2TB of SSD storage
Display 500 nits, True Tone display 500 nits, True Tone display
Touch Bar and Touch ID options Yes Yes

 

While we’ve yet to see the new MacBook Pros in the flesh and test them out, the official specs appear to corroborate what we’ve seen on GeekBench. In July, we saw what looked like an unreleased MacBook Pro equipped with Intel’s 8th generation ‘Coffee Lake’ processors. The CPU in question was an i7-8559U processor with a 2.7GHz base clock with the ability to turbo up to 4.5GHz – which has been all but confirmed by the official spec sheet.

All of this added up to a respectable 16607 multi-core score (a slight improvement over last year’s model) and a 4448 single-core score (a slight drop). No doubt when we run our own tests there’ll be discrepancies, but it’s a decent indication of what we could have in store.

Another new feature is secure boot up and on-board encryption, courtesy of a new dedicated chip called the Apple T2, which we saw in the 2017 iMac Pro.

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Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Design and Display: Quieter Keyboard, New Leather Sleeves

There’s no radical rethink of the MacBook Pro look and feel that we know and love; machine-shaped aluminium with the Touch Bar sitting up above the function keys is the order of the day. The new keyboard is apparently quieter than previous models, but it’s not as if the clacking of previous MacBook Pro keys was particularly aurally offensive.

Although it’s quieter, this is the same keyboard as the controversial model on the previous MacBook Pro, which has been the source of frustration from some customers. We’ll have to wait and see whether its design shortcomings have been addressed.

For those who need to colour coordinate on the go, Apple’s also releasing some fancy leather sleeves for the 2018 MacBook Pros. Prices have for the sleeves are TBC, but there’ll be three versions available; saddle brown, midnight blue, and black.

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