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

Sheri Evans
May 22, 2019

For the 15-inch MacBook Pros, Apple's updated them with 9th-generation Intel Core processors.

These new processors, combined with powerful graphics, the brilliant and colorful Retina display, super-fast SSDs, the Apple T2 Security Chip, all-day battery life and macOS, make MacBook Pro the world's best pro notebook.

New materials in the switch mechanism of the keyboard are said to be the solution, and the new design is featured on both the new 15-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro now comes with 6-core and 8-core processor options with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 5 GHz. These updates don't bring any changes to the exterior of the MacBook Pro-it's the same base design introduced in late 2016-but they do bring 9th-generation Intel processors with up to eight cores to the MacBook Pro for the first time. And today it's extending its Keyboard Service Program to cover all laptops with butterfly keyboards, including not just these new MacBook Pros, but also all of its laptops released in 2018, including the new MacBook Air. The Butterfly mechanism used in its recent MacBook lines has been prone to failure, and Apple has apologized for the issue with a fix program on top. It claims that the change made in these new MacBook Pro models will substantially reduce the incidence of ignored or doubled characters.

In addition to improving the keyboard reliability on the new MacBook Pros, Apple says it'll fix any 2018 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air experiencing keyboard problems for free even if they're no longer covered under warranty.

As for the 13-inch version, the updates aren't as dramatic. That program is separate from the standard Apple warranty and covers keyboard repairs for four years after the first retail sale of the laptop.

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Adding more processor cores and increasing the CPU's maximum boost speed can offer significant benefits for MacBook Pro users who run cutting-edge software that can take advantage of them, but who haven't upgraded their laptops in a few years.

As examples of the performance boost, Apple says that 3D designers can render scenes up to two times faster in Maya Arnold, and developers can compile code up to 65 percent faster in Xcode.

When will the new MacBook Pro 2019 be available?

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is the model most affected by these updates.

Better still, the fix program isn't limited to just the US.

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