Apple refreshes its MacBook Pro with ninth-gen processors

Today, Apple announced that it's refreshing its MacBook Pro PCs, with the biggest update coming to the 15-inch model. The 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with ninth-generation Intel Core H-series processors, and it still goes up to a Core i9. Since the new 45W chips are octa-core, that makes it Apple's first octa-core Mac laptop.

“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,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product Marketing. “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 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is still packing eighth-gen processors, although that's because Intel's next-generation U-series chips aren't out yet. Apple says that the new CPUs are faster though, still including Iris Plus graphics.

Other than that, the new laptops are pretty much the same as they were. They offer Retina displays with 500 nits of brightness, Touch ID, stereo speakers, a large Force Touch trackpad, and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Apple also boasted "blazing fast" SSD storage, and an Apple T2 Security Chip for better security.

Starting at $1,799 and $2,399 for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and the 15-inch MacBook Pro, respectively, they're available today. The non-Touch Bar model is still using seventh-gen chips, and did not receive an upgrade.

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