The 2019 MacBook Pro is here with faster 8 core processors and another new keyboard that Apple says will prevent the many keyboard issues that have plagued users since 2016. This is what you need to know about the new 2019 MacBook Pro.
Apple’s new 2019 MacBook Pro is available in 13-inch and 15-inch configurations with the Touch Bar and Touch ID. The 13-inch MacBook without Touch Bar was not updated. The new models start at $1,799 for the 13-inch model and $2,399 for the 15-inch.
2019 MacBook Pro Release Date
The 2019 MacBook Pro release date is Friday May 24th, but you can start ordering today online an at select Apple retailers.
If you order today you can choose delivery for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models starting this Thursday on select models.
Apple Store pickup is not available yet, but this will likely change starting this week.
What’s New On the 2019 MacBook Pro?
Apple focuses on performance upgrades with the 2019 MacBook Pro. There are no design changes or new colors, but if you need heavy lifting in a portable package this may be the upgrade for you.
Apple now offers up to an 8-core processor on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with 9th gen Intel Core i processors. The entry-level 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with a 6-core Intel 9th gen processor. Apple says the new 8-core processor offers twice the performance of the 4-core processor and 40% more than the 6-core MacBook Pro.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar now comes with a quad-core 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor. This is the biggest change for the 2019 MacBook Pro, but there is also one that is hidden away — and worth a specific breakout.
2019 MacBook Pro Keyboard Changes
Apple upgrades the MacBook Pro keyboard, but sticks with the same overall butterfly keyboard design. The company told The Verge, that it is using new materials in the switch that will reduce problems with double key presses and missed keypresses.
There is no information about this upgrade coming to the MacBook or MacBook Air. Apple also now offers the keyboard repair program to the 2018 MacBook Pro and 2019 MacBook Air, bringing coverage to essentially all previous generation MacBook models with a butterfly keyboard.
2019 MacBook Pro Price
The 2019 MacBook Pro starts at $1,799 and goes all the way up to $6,549 for a top of the line 15-inch MacBook Pro.
- 13-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 4-Core Processor – 256GB Storage – $1,799
- 13-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 4-Core Processor – 512GB Storage – $1,999
- 15-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz 6-Core Processor – 256GB Storage – $2,399
- 13-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz 8-Core Processor – 512GB Storage – $2,799
Apple did not update the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, so if you buy the $1,299 model you don’t get the updated keyboard or the newer processors.
2019 MacBook Pro Upgrade Deals
Apple offered me $1,035 for a 2016 MacBook Pro 15-inch when we trade in and upgrade. This isn’t going to be the best option for everyone, but it may be better than dealing with Facebook marketplace or eBay.
Buy if You Need More Power
Do you need an absolute ton of power in a mobile package? If so, this is a major reason to buy the 2019 MacBook Pro.
Even if you are using a 2018 MacBook Pro, this may be a tempting upgrade. Apple calls this the "fastest Mac notebook ever."
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with 8-core Intel 9th gen processor is two times faster than the quad-core MacBook Pro and 40% faster than the 6-core MacBook Pro.
Even the cheaper base MacBook Pro now includes an updated quad-core processor that can deliver more power than the 2018 model.
For users still longing for a Mac Pro or simply in need of an impressive amount of portable power, this is a very tempting option.