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Apple brings 8-core processors to MacBook Pro

23 May 2019

Apple is bringing eight-core processing to the MacBook Pro with the addition of 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors. 

This will deliver two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40% more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it, Apple says, “the fastest MacBook ever.”

“Whether it’s college students mastering a course of study, developers building world-class apps or video editors creating feature films, we’re constantly amazed at what our customers do with their MacBook Pro,” says Apple Mac product marketing senior director Tom Boger. 

“Now with 8-core processors for an incredible performance boost, along with its stunning Retina display, fast storage, all-day battery life and running macOS, MacBook Pro continues to be the world’s best pro notebook and we can’t wait to get it into our customer’s hands to see what they do next.”

The 15-inch MacBook Pro now features faster 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, delivering 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.

When compared to the fastest quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Pro with 8-core processors is up to two times faster, so:

  • Music producers can play back massive multi-track projects with up to two times more Alchemy plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
  • 3D designers can render scenes up to two times faster in Maya Arnold.
  • Photographers can apply complex edits and filters up to 75% faster in Photoshop.
  • Developers can compile code up to 65% faster in Xcode.
  • Scientists and researchers can compute complex fluid dynamics simulations up to 50% faster in TetrUSS.
  • Video editors can edit up to 11 simultaneous multi-cam streams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X.

Along with the new processors, MacBook Pro includes a Retina display with 500 nits of brightness, support for the P3 wide colour gamut and True Tone technology, designed to provide close-to-life colour.

It also incudes stereo speakers, Touch ID, the Touch Bar and a large trackpad, SSD storage, the Apple T2 Security Chip, and Thunderbolt 3 ports for data transfer, charging and connecting up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs.

All new Macs come with macOS Mojave, that includes a dark mode, automatic file stacking and group calling on Facetime.