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Entry-Level 13-Inch MacBook Pro Updated With 8th-Gen Processors, Touch Bar, Touch ID, and T2 Security Chip

Apple today announced it has updated its entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with the latest 8th-generation Intel Core quad-core processors for up to two times faster performance compared to the previous generation. The notebook now also features a Touch Bar with Touch ID, a True Tone display, and the Apple T2 security chip.


Pricing continues to start at $1,299 in the United States, or $1,199 for qualifying students through Apple's education store. The base configuration is equipped with a 1.4GHz quad‑core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 in Space Gray or Silver finishes.

True Tone automatically adjusts the white balance of the MacBook Pro's display to match the color temperature of the light around you to provide a more natural viewing experience. The feature is similar to Night Shift, but more dynamic, continuously adapting to the surrounding environment.

This is the first update to the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro since June 2017 and likely corresponds with the mystery FCC filing uncovered by MacRumors last week. Apple also refreshed the MacBook Air today with a True Tone display and a lower starting price of $1,099, down from $1,199.

The updated notebook is available to order now, with shipping estimated to begin in one business day in most regions.

With this, Apple no longer sells a MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar.

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1 week ago
So people wanted them to get rid of the touchbar and they just doubled down on it lol
Rating: 55 Votes
1 week ago
1.4 ghz and 128 gig SSD? What is this, 2010?
Rating: 49 Votes
1 week ago
Touchbar on everything now? Apple is truly doubling down on stupid
Rating: 48 Votes
1 week ago
Touchbar is a downgrade, not an upgrade. Apple are so stupid.
Rating: 35 Votes
1 week ago
TouchBar is standard now? That's gonna go over well here.
Rating: 35 Votes
1 week ago

So people wanted them to get rid of the touchbar and they just doubled down on it lol


“People”... When are MacRumors users going to realize that the echo chamber on this forum isn’t necessarily what mainstream Apple customers think?

The TouchBar is a great idea whose potential hasn’t been entirely realized. Now that every MacBookPro has it and it’s been added to every other Mac through Sidecar on Catalina, I can see developers taking deeper advantage of the TouchBar.
Rating: 26 Votes
1 week ago
Almost tempting but I’m betting it still has that faulty butterfly keyboard. Not today, Satan.
Rating: 21 Votes
1 week ago

By the way, I don’t get the hate for the Touch Bar. Sure it’s a little gimmicky, but the fn key turns them into function keys if you miss them.


Does it also transform into always on, tactile keys that aren't considered pressed just because you rest your finger on it or mistakenly brush the surface of it, because you are feeling for the one you're looking for?
Rating: 20 Votes
1 week ago
Tempted by that entry level pro now it has touch bar. The most stupid thing Apple did was to not put on everything, a bit like 3D Touch, either go all in or do not bother, when you go half way developers do not take it on fully.
Rating: 14 Votes
1 week ago
90% of people's complaints with the TouchBar would be solved if Apple slightly shortened it to include a physical escape key.
Rating: 14 Votes

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