Apple updates MacBook Pro processors and keyboard, extends Keyboard Service Program

Thursday, 23 May, 2019

The new MacBook Pro comes with an impressive 15-inch retina display.

It insists that the defect is only present in "a very small percentage of 13-inch MacBook Pro displays".

Apple is refreshing its MacBook Pro line once again with new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro devices.

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to the computer and making it the fastest Mac ever.

The affected MacBook's range from the Retina MacBooks (2016 and 2017 models) to the MacBook Air (2018 model) and the MacBook Pro (both 13 and 15-inch models).

As part of its mid-year refresh, Apple has swapped to slightly faster 9th Gen processors for its various notebooks.

Continuing with a precedent, Apple still isn't showing any love for the 13-inch model without a Touch Bar, clearly pushing customers to buy the more expensive Touch-Bar-equipped models. If you need more juice, there's an octa-core Core i9 processor with 2.3Hz/4.8GHz (base/boost) clocks.

The MacBook Pro keyboard mechanism has had a materials change in the mechanism. Everything else, including memory, storage, graphics, connectivity and battery remain unchanged.

With any luck, the fourth generation of Butterfly keyboards will finally solve the issues, so customers will rarely have to take their MacBooks in for keyboard fix. Previously, the highest-end CPU you could put into the 15-inch MacBook Pro was a six-core chip with a 2.9GHz base clock and 4.8GHz turbo. Since the company first introduced the keyboard design in 2015, it has been a persistent pain for owners, who have suffered from keys that stick, repeat multiple times, or just stop working. For Apple product enthusiasts, the announcement could be great news.

Interestingly, Apple's press release makes no mention of the MacBook Pro's keyboard. The 2018 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air have both been added to the keyboard fix program list.

Apple also said it has changed the material used in its butterfly switch keyboards to avoid the problem of letters double-typing. You can optionally select a quad-core Core i7 processor that boosts up to 4.7GHz ($300 option). The fact that Apple is going this far out of its way to appease frustrated consumers is proof enough that the sheer number of complaints has forced Apple's hand, but it remains to be seen whether the company has done enough.