Apple announced today that they’re releasing a new line of MacBooks with features that boasts as the fastest version yet. Along with the updates, the new MacBooks will also come with solutions to common keyboard problems that have grown to be a nuisance to most users.
MacBooks have grown popularity amongst consumers mainly because of the branding and marketing that comes along with products released under the Apple name. To put it more frankly, owning a MacBook has become a status symbol turned staple in today’s generation. The sleek and clean design also contributes to the growing customer base of the Cupertino firm.
Today, ahead of this year’s Apple’s WWDC, Apple announced its latest line of MacBooks with new hardware processors which the company prides as the fastest version they’ve ever introduced. Apple is updating the 15” MacBook Pro to 8-core and 6-core processors and its 13” MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar to 8th-gen quad-core processors.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro is getting a faster 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, delivering Turbo Boost speeds of up to 5.0 GHz. The $2,399 configuration of the 15″ MacBook Pro is getting a 2.6GHz 6-core i7 that boosts to 4.5ghz, a 400 MHz increase in turbo speed. Meanwhile, the top end $2,799 config runs at a standard 8-core i9, which is two cores more from the latter with a 500 MHz increase over the current 6-core config.
Meanwhile, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.7 GHz. The configure-your-own option gets a 200MHz bump, making it a full 2x faster from the dual-core 13.”
Apple says that these updates would mean that the 15” MacBook Pro will run at double the speed of the previous quad-core models and hit 40% improvements over the 6-core MacBook Pro model.
With these bumps on the Macbooks’ core, these features receive significant jumps in terms of performance:
(1) Music producers can play back massive multi-track projects with up to two times more Alchemy plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
(2) 3D designers can render scenes up to two times faster in Maya Arnold.
(3) Photographers can apply complex edits and filters up to 75 percent faster in Photoshop.
(4) Developers can compile code up to 65 percent faster in Xcode.
(5) Scientists and researchers can compute complex fluid dynamics simulations up to 50 percent faster in TetrUSS.
(6) Video editors can edit up to 11 simultaneous Multicam streams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X.
In the pursuit of a thinner and lighter MacBook, Apple innovated the way with how their keyboards functioned with using the butterfly method on their keyboards.
What the butterfly keyboard accomplished was to make the keyboard keys press down like butterfly’s wings, unlike the standard scissors method found in most keyboards that are usually bulkier.
However, it has resulted in some rather complicated customer complaints, echoing that their MacBook keyboards have the sticky-keys problem. In some cases, some letters in the MacBook keyboard will not type, and in others, it would type way too much.
The problem with the new design was the dust accumulation in the keys that causes a jam. Thus, causing the keyboard to be stuck when typing any characters.
Apple has tried resolving the issue with applying barriers in between the keys to prevent dust from accumulating in that spot. Further, Apple added the necessary steps to close the doors behind the common keyboard problems.
(1) The MacBook Pro keyboard mechanism has had a materials change in the mechanism. Apple says that this new keyboard mechanism composition will substantially reduce the double-type/no-type issue. Apple will not specify what it has done, but doubtless, tear-downs of the keyboard will reveal what has been updated.
(2) Though Apple believes this change will greatly reduce the issue, it is also including all butterfly keyboards across its notebook line in its Keyboard Service Program. This means that current MacBook Pros and even the models being released today will have keyboard repairs covered at no cost, in warranty and out of warranty.
(3) Apple tells me that repair times for keyboards have been longer than they would like. It is making substantial improvements to repair processes in Apple Stores to make repairs faster for customers with issues.
With the latest news on Apple tech, we can only expect more when their annual WWDC event takes place in less than two weeks.