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Apple announces its first octa-core MacBook Pro: Price, availability and specs

Apple has announced its very first MacBook Pro powered by octa-core Intel 9th-generation processors, which performs twice as quickly as a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent faster than a hexa-core MacBook Pro

The new MacBook Pro also sports a retina display, Apple T2 security chip, super fast SSDs and powerful Radeon Pro graphics. The new Pro models are available starting today through Apple’s official website, Apple Store app and in select Apple Stores. Apple authorised resellers will get the devices later this week.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro has the option of six and eight-core Intel Core 9th-gen processors, which deliver Turbo Boost speeds of up to 5GHz. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro that features a Touch Bar is powered by a four-core Intel Core 8th-gen processor, which delivers Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.7GHz.

“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.

All the versions of the MacBook Pro are available in Silver and Space Gray colours. The new laptops will run the latest version of macOS — Mojave — which brings Dark mode, better organisation, group calling for FaceTime, several iOS apps and a redesigned Mac App Store, among other things.

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Price

Apple announces its first octa-core MacBook Pro: Price, availability, specsFollowing are the starting price for the respective MacBook Pro models. The price will increase if you customise your laptop’s specs.

  • MacBook Pro 15-inch with 8-core Intel Core i9: $2799
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch with 6-core Intel Core i7: $2399
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch with 4-core Intel Core i5 is available in four versions. The starting price ranges from $1299 to $1999.

MacBook Pro 15-inch specs in brief

Apple announces its first octa-core MacBook Pro: Price, availability, specsApart from the specs mentioned above, here are a few more MacBook Pro 15-inch specs:

  • Display: The 15-inch MacBook Pro features a 2880 x 1800 resolution display at 220ppi with 500 nits brightness.
  • Storage: It comes in two storage options of 256GB and 512GB SSD, which are expandable to 4TB SSD.
  • Memory: Both models have 16GB DDR4 onboard memory, which is expandable to 32GB.
  • Graphics: The lower-end variant comes with Radeon Pro 555X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, which can be upgraded to Radeon Pro 560X. The expensive one comes with Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5, which can be upgraded to Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory.
  • Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor

“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.”

You can check out the complete specs of the MacBook Pro here.

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