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The 2018 MacBook Pro: To Buy Or Not To Buy?
Does the new MacBook Pro warrant an upgrade from you?
Rejoice, MacBook Pro fans! The year-long wait for the 2018 MacBook Pro is finally over as the 13-inch and 15-inch models are now in store shelves, replete with upgrades and new features that make it the best Mac notebook yet.
The million-dollar question is: Is it worth upgrading to the new MacBook Pro? We just might have the answer to that as we round up what’s in store for you when you shop for Apple’s freshest laptop release.
So without further ado, we present the MacBook Pro, 2018 edition.
After the Cupertino-based tech giant ditched the 17-inch model of the MacBook Pro in 2012, the company has since stuck to producing two versions of its notebook, namely the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
The current models come with Touch Bar controls, which distinguish the 2018 13-inch interation from the 2017 version, which misses this functionality.
Apple did not scrimp on the MacBook Pro’s processor chips, as it has chosen to equip its newest notebooks with quad-core and 6-core heavyweights. For the unfamiliar, the number of cores determines a laptop’s ability to multitask. The more cores there are on your laptop, the more tasks it is capable of finishing in a shorter time span.
The smaller of the MacBook Pros has bid goodbye to dual-core processors and now features the quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. Meanwhile, the bigger notebook has even more impressive specs, such as the 6-core Intel Core i7 and i9 processors—a first for the MacBook Pro. The chips in both models have also been upgraded from the 7th generation Kaby Lake to the 8th generation Coffee Lake, which should give your laptop extra room for power consumption.
The MacBook Pro also comes with a T2 subsystem controller chip. Not to be confused with the central system processor, the T2 is more in charge of running the subsystems in the MacBook Pro and simplifying its internal design.
Display and Graphics
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The Retina displays of the 2018 MacBook Pro did not change from the previous year’s models in terms of resolution. It’s still 2560x1600 at 22 pixels per inch for the 13-inch version and 2880x1800 at 220ppi for the larger device. This may be a bit of bad news if you’ve been clamoring to see 4K display in the MacBook Pro.
While this decision from Apple may be somewhat disappointing, it does try to bump things up in other aspects through the use of True Tone screens. As the name suggests, the MacBook pro changes the color temperature of the screen from time to time in order to match the lighting conditions in your surroundings. It’s a pretty neat feature that could give you less eye strain.
In the graphics department, you’ll be glad to know that the 15-inch Pro features a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro chip 555X and 560X with 4GB of video memory. The 13-inch version isn’t too far behind as it features Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128 MB of enhanced Dynamic Ram (eDRAM).
RAM and Storage
You either get up to 16GB of RAM with the smaller MacBook Pro or 32GB of RAM with the larger one. If you don’t need this much though, you can still go for the standard 8GB and 16GB for the 13-inch and 15-inch, respectively.
Storage-wise, both models get an upgrade, too: 2TB for the 13-inch Pro and up to 4TB for the 15-inch. For the heavy-file user in you, this is a pleasant piece of news.
It might be 2018, but Apple isn’t letting go of some of the older features from last year, including battery life at 10 hours and four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports. The keyboard, however, is a slightly different matter. That is, you still get the butterfly-design keyboard, but Apple has made some internal fixes to make it quieter.
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Depending on your chosen configuration, you should be ready to shell out anywhere between P76,990 to P173,990 for the new MacBook Pro.
To Buy or Not to Buy?
Upgraded chips, processors and storage options make Apple’s latest laptops a real pro in every sense of the word. It’s a must-have for your graphic, creative, multimedia and gaming needs. Then again, it’s up to youwhether you’ll go all out on the specs or be a tad more practical and low-key by sticking with the base models.
Either way, it’s still the MacBook Pro for you.