MacBook Pro

Apple's most powerful portable machines -- just updated with faster Kaby Lake processors and more powerful GPUs.

MacBook Pro

At a Glance

  • Apple's 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros are the company's top-tier portable machines, and an update was announced on June 5, 2017, introducing faster processors and improved GPUs just eight months after the machines were last refreshed.

Specs

  • Thinner body
  • 13 and 15-inch sizes
  • OLED touch panel
  • Touch ID
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • USB-C ports
  • Kaby Lake chips
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gb/s support
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What's Next for the MacBook Pro

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in early 2017 that Apple was working on a high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro model with 32GB RAM with production on the machine to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017. Kuo said the MacBook Pro will be "the most significantly redesigned product this year" with desktop-class RAM to appeal to high-end users, but thus far, even at the end of 2017, no such machine has materialized, nor have we heard additional rumors about it.

A report from DigiTimes suggests Apple has no plans to make major upgrades to the MacBook Pro in 2018, but it does not, of course, rule out minor refreshes to internal components like the processor and the GPU.

This should not come as a surprise as the MacBook Pro last received a major design update in late 2016, and design refreshes typically only happen every few years.

A future version of the MacBook Pro could include an upgraded ARM-based chip to work alongside the Intel processor in the notebook and handle some "Power Nap" low-power mode functionality. The current MacBook Pro has an ARM-based T1 chip that powers the Touch Bar, but this new version is expected to take on additional power management capabilities.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on "at least three updated Mac models" that include custom co-processors for release as soon as 2018. Those machines include "updated laptops and a new desktop," but more specific information was not provided.

Custom co-processors are currently used in the MacBook Pro for the Touch Bar, and the iMac Pro to power the system management controller, image signal processor, SSD controller, Secure Enclave, a hardware encryption engine, and more.

It's not yet clear which machines will gain new custom co-processors in 2018, nor what those co-processors will do, but possibilities include the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac mini.

Apple may shift to using indium gallium zinc oxide displays (IGZO) for its MacBook Pro displays in 2017 or beyond. Samsung and Sharp could begin supplying panels to Apple as soon as mid-2017.

IGZO offers several benefits over a traditional display, including less power consumption, improved touch sensitivity, increased pixel density, and higher brightness.

In the future, MacBook machines, including the MacBook Pro, could alternatively adopt OLED displays. Apple is slowly moving towards OLED, using it in the Apple Watch, the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, and the iPhone X. It is not clear when Macs might gain OLED technology.

Intel in April of 2018 introduced a new eighth-generation Coffee Lake processor appropriate for the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro. The new Core i9 chip features six cores and 12 threads, making it the highest-performance notebook processor Intel has introduced.

While the Core i9 processor works with systems with up to 32GB RAM, the next MacBook Pro is likely to continue to offer 16GB RAM as low-power DDR4 RAM is not supported. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said in 2016 that 32GB of standard DDR4 RAM would compromise battery life.

Intel also announced new Core i5 and Core i7 processors suitable for future 13-inch MacBook models. Intel says the chips deliver up to 41 percent more frames per second in gameplay or edit 4K video up to 59 percent faster than the previous generation with the same discrete graphics, based on internal benchmark testing. These are quad-core chips and should Apple adopt them, the company will be able to introduce the first quad-core 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Future Macs, including MacBook Pro models, will have Apple-designed processors as Apple makes an effort to transition away from Intel chips. Apple is said to be aiming to use its own custom-designed chips starting in 2020, so it's not something we're going to see in the near future, but in Macs coming in the next few years.

Current MacBook Pro

On October 27, 2016, Apple introduced a long-awaited update to its MacBook Pro lineup. Described by Apple executives as the "thinnest and lightest" and "most powerful" MacBook Pro, the new machine has been redesigned from the ground up with a new look, new hardware, and compelling new features. Eight months later, in June of 2017, Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro with Kaby Lake processors and new GPUs, and introduced a new low-price 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar with a 128GB SSD. No other changes were made to the MacBook Pro in the June update.

Available in 13 and 15-inch sizes, the new MacBook Pro is thinner, smaller, and lighter than previous-generation models, design changes that were made possible through a new thermal architecture.

Aside from being smaller in volume and thinner, the new MacBook Pro models continue to look similar to previous generation models, with an all-aluminum body and the same general design language, but they do come in Silver and Space Gray now.

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What sets the new MacBook Pro apart from older models is a brand new Touch Bar, built into the keyboard where the function keys used to be. The Touch Bar is a multi-touch OLED display panel that offers up contextual controls and visual settings that change based on what app you're using. All existing Apple apps have been updated to take advantage of the Touch Bar, and third-party developers can use it in their apps, too.

A larger Force Touch trackpad is below the keyboard, and the keyboard itself has been redesigned to be thinner, adopting a second-generation butterfly mechanism that's similar to the keyboard in the MacBook but with more travel.

New louder speakers with better sound have been built into the MacBook Pro, and the display has been significantly improved. It's brighter, offers better contrast, and includes wide color gamut support for more vivid, true to life colors.

Inside, the MacBook Pro is equipped with faster, more efficient Kaby Lake processors, much faster solid state drives with up to 2TB of storage, faster RAM, and AMD Radeon Pro graphics cards in 15-inch MacBook Pro models. 13-inch models use improved Intel Iris Graphics.

All older ports have been removed from the MacBook Pro, and it includes just four USB-C ports. The ports all support Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1, and can be used for charging or connecting accessories and other peripherals. Despite the updates, the MacBook Pro offers "all day" battery life, lasting up to 10 hours.

All of the new MacBook Pro features don't come cheap, with 13-inch models starting at $1,799 and 15-inch models starting at $2,399, so Apple has also introduced two low-end 13-inch MacBook Pros, priced at $1,299 and $1,499.

Apple's entry-level affordable 13-inch MacBook Pros models do not include a Touch Bar and instead continue to offer a standard row of function keys. The machines also use slower processors and slower graphics, and they only have two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, but they do feature the same display and SSD updates.

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Issues

Customers who own a 2015 MacBook or a 2016 MacBook Pro, machines with a butterfly keyboard, are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with failure rates for the machines due to keyboard issues.

Problems with the keyboard on these two machines started shortly after the release of the 2015 MacBook, and have continued since then. Recently, a class action lawsuit was filed against Apple over the issue, citing Apple's failure to disclose the problem to customers.

For many affected devices, Apple is offering repairs, but some customers who have out of warranty machines have had to pay for the fix.

It's not entirely clear how widespread the issue is as much of the discontent can be attributed to a vocal minority, but given the media attention, Apple may soon offer a repair program or address the problem in some other way.

Repair Programs

Apple has launched a battery replacement program for 13-inch MacBook Pro models without a Touch Bar that were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017.

A limited number of these machines have a component that can fail and cause the built-in battery to expand. Apple is offering battery replacements on all machines with an eligible serial number, which can be checked on the Apple repair program website.

Customers who are eligible for a battery replacement should contact Apple support or visit an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider.

The Touch Bar

The Touch Bar, a small OLED Retina display on the keyboard, is the defining feature of the new MacBook Pro and what sets it apart from previous Macs. Available on both 13 and 15-inch models, the Touch Bar replaces the function row of keys with a contextual multi-touch display that can perform a huge range of functions on the Mac, with those functions changing based on which app is in use.

Design wise, the Touch Bar is a matte-style display, so it blends right in with the rest of the keys on the keyboard. It's bright enough to see, but not so bright as to be distracting, and Apple's developed some strict rules outlining how the Touch Bar can be used and the kind of icons developers can create. An ambient light sensor changes the brightness of the Touch Bar based on the lighting conditions of the room you're in.

Apple says the Touch Bar gives users a more immediate and intuitive connection to the content on their machines, surfacing commands that were previously hidden deep in menus and making them more readily accessible and customizable.

Interacting with the Touch Bar is done through taps, swipes, and other multi-touch gestures, with the display supporting input from up to 10 fingers at one time. On the Touch Bar, there's a static Control Strip on the right that houses the typical system functions you're used to accessing quickly: volume, audio playback, brightness, and a new dedicated Siri button. Long pressing brings up more options for each virtual button.

An ESC key is located on the left of the bar, and in the middle, there's an open spot that dynamically displays the most useful controls for the app you're using. Apple has updated every built-in Mac app, from Mail, Messages, and Maps, to iWork, Xcode, Final Cut Pro, and Photos.

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Deep integration between hardware and software is at the core of the Touch Bar, and it's this integration that makes it more than just a gimmick. The Touch Bar adapts to whatever app is in use and changes based on what you're doing in that app.

In Safari, for example, the Touch Bar displays your favorite websites when the app is first opened. Choose a website and the Touch Bar shifts to display a search field, a back button, and different tabs if you have multiple webpages open, which you can scroll through using a quick swipe gesture.

In Photos, there are Touch Bar tools for navigating through photos and then for making edits, from changing lighting to cropping and straightening. In Mail, there are Touch Bar controls for moving messages, replying, archiving, flagging, and composing a new message, and if you select text, the Touch Bar gives you formatting controls.

In Messages and other apps that support text entry, the Touch Bar displays QuickType suggestions to make typing quicker, and those suggestions include emoji. There's also an emoji picker you can scroll through in Messages, offering an option for more quickly choosing emoji on the Mac for the first time.

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The Control Strip on the Touch Bar is fully customizable, so your most used settings and controls are always readily available. There are a range of standard system controls and even things like a screenshot button and an option for quickly turning on Do Not Disturb.

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Touch Bar support is inside of everything. It can be used to answer FaceTime calls, control music playback, zoom through the Calendar, make edits in iMovie, play instruments in GarageBand, manage files in Finder, call up Siri, find emoji, write code in Xcode, and much more.

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When used with Windows via Bootcamp, the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro displays a row of visual function keys. If you need function keys while using macOS, holding down the Function key (fn) brings up a full function key row with F1 through F12 options.

Third-party developers are able to build Touch Bar support into their apps, and many have built in special controls.

Touch ID

Also included on the Touch Bar is a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, adopted from the iPhone. The MacBook Pro uses second-generation Touch ID so it's as fast as the Touch ID on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, and it performs the same functions. It's covered by sapphire crystal, for the same durability and feel.

Touch ID on the MacBook Pro can unlock the Mac when a finger is placed on the sensor and it can be used to make Apple Pay purchases using the Safari web browser. As a bonus, it's also useful for quickly switching between different Mac users.

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Like on the iPhone, Touch ID is powered by a separate chip with a Secure Enclave that keeps your fingerprint data and your personal information safe, securing the Touch ID sensor, the FaceTime Camera, the Touch Bar, and the keychain where passwords are stored.

In the MacBook, this chip is called the T1 chip, and it uses the same processor as the S2 chip in the Series 1 and 2 Apple Watch models. It also runs a modified version of watchOS, the operating system built for the Apple Watch.

Design

Both the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models are smaller, thinner, and lighter than their predecessors. They come in Silver, a standard MacBook Pro color for many years, and a new Space Gray color, which is the same Space Gray used in the MacBook.

Constructed entirely from aluminum, the MacBook Pro features a new hinge design, a wider trackpad, a redesigned keyboard, and of course, the aforementioned Touch Bar, which is the biggest visual difference between the new MacBook Pro and previous generation machines.

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The 15-inch MacBook Pro measures in at 13.75 inches long, 9.48 inches wide, and 15.5mm thick. It weighs four pounds. Compared to the previous generation machine, it is 14 percent thinner, 20 percent smaller in volume, and it weighs a half pound less.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro measures in at 11.97 inches long, 8.36 inches wide, and 14.9mm thick. It weighs three pounds. Compared to the previous generation machine, it is 17 percent thinner, 23 percent smaller in volume, and weighs a half pound less.

Aside from the thinner body, the addition of a Space Gray color option, and the Touch Bar, the MacBook Pro looks quite similar to previous-generation models. There's one major difference that's immediately visible -- new models no longer include a backlit Apple logo, instead offering a glossy black logo on the Space Gray model and a glossy white logo on the Silver model.

Inside, a new thermal architecture with thinner heat pipes and innovative split blade fans makes sure the new MacBook Pro runs cooler and quieter, despite the more powerful hardware inside. The fan design allows for more blades to improve airflow, while the asymmetrical layout cuts down on noise.

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Display

Apple says the MacBook Pro features "the best display we've ever made in a Mac." Compared to the previous-generation MacBook Pro, the display in the new machine is 67 percent brighter with a 67 percent higher contrast ratio for whiter whites and deeper blacks and 25 percent more colors.

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It features P3 wide color gamut support, for richer, more vivid colors, especially in the green and red spectrum. It's been designed to be as thin as the display in the 12-inch MacBook, and it also consumes less power than ever before thanks to a larger pixel aperture and variable refresh rate, which is great for battery life.

Trackpad

Much of the bottom of the MacBook Pro is taken up by a Force Touch trackpad, which is twice as big as the trackpad in the previous-generation machine. The extra space is designed to give users more room for gestures and was made possible by Force Touch technology.

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The Force Touch trackpad, which has been around since 2015, is able to distinguish between a hard press and a soft press, enabling new gestures. It's powered by a set of Force Sensors, allowing users to press anywhere on the trackpad and get the same accurate response. A magnet-powered Taptic Engine gives users tactile feedback when using the trackpad, replacing the feel of a physical button press.

With the Force Touch trackpad, a light press is a regular click, while a deeper press or "force click" brings up a new assortment of options. For example, a deeper press on a highlighted word in Safari brings up a Wikipedia entry, while a force click on a file in Finder previews content. Force Touch responses have been built into many apps, both those made by Apple and those made by third-party developers.

Keyboard

If you're coming to the MacBook Pro from a previous-generation MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, the keyboard is going to feel quite a bit different. It's adopted the flatter keys that were first introduced in the MacBook, but the keys are built using a second-generation butterfly mechanism that improves on the MacBook's design.

The dome switches beneath each key on the keyboard have been optimized for a more responsive feel, delivering a greater sense of keyboard travel for a more satisfying press under the fingers.

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Each key is also outfitted with an individual LED for uniform backlighting and because of the butterfly design, keys are stable no matter what area you press on. According to Apple, the butterfly design offers 4x more key stability than the keys on the previous-generation MacBook Pro.

Thunderbolt 3

The flagship 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models are both equipped with four USB-C ports, two on each side. Each USB-C port supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3, for Thunderbolt transfer speeds of up to 40Gb/s and USB transfer speeds of up to 10Gb/s. At 40Gb/s, Thunderbolt 3 offers twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2.

All of the ports on the MacBook Pro are identical and can be used for the same functions, so each one can be used to power the machine. All ports support the following connections: power, Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA.

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On the 15-inch MacBook Pro, all of the ports offer full Thunderbolt 3 speeds, but on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the ports on the right side of the machine have reduced PCI Express bandwidth due to the limitations of Intel's processors. This isn't going to impact the average user and shouldn't be a deal breaker for most, but it's something buyers should be aware of.

When it comes to displays, the 15-inch MacBook Pro can power two 5K displays at one time or four 4K displays. The 13-inch MacBook Pro can power one 5K display or two 4K displays. All external displays are able to run at 60Hz.

To connect to existing accessories and displays, many new MacBook Pro owners need to purchase several different adapters or a hub with multiple ports, which should be taken into account when calculating a budget for a new machine.

Speakers

The speakers inside the MacBook Pro fit into a smaller space within the enclosure, but have been improved with twice the dynamic range and up to 58 percent more volume with two and a half times louder bass.

15-inch MacBook Pro

Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro is the most powerful portable notebook computer the company sells, with quad-core processors, discrete graphics, and a larger size setting it apart from the 13-inch machine.

With Kaby Lake CPU and AMD Radeon Pro GPU improvements added in June of 2017, along with super fast SSDs, Apple says its MacBook Pro models are able to deliver amazing performance while also conserving energy when necessary for superior battery life.

Processor and RAM

Intel's latest-generation Kaby Lake processors, which are faster and more efficient, were added to the 15-inch MacBook Pro in June of 2017. Base models include 2.8 or 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, but can be upgraded to a 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz.

According to Geekbench benchmarks, the 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro is 20 percent faster than the corresponding 2016 MacBook Pro model, with average single-core and multi-core scores of 4,632 and 15,747, respectively.

All 15-inch MacBook Pro models ship with 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, which is faster than the 1866MHz RAM in previous-generation models.

Apple was not able to use LPDDR4 RAM with lower power consumption because Intel's Skylake processors don't support it, and Apple has specified that this is the reason the MacBook Pro is limited to 16GB RAM instead of 32GB. 32GB of DDR3 RAM would draw too much power, eating up battery life. Apple would have also needed to use a different logic board design, reducing the amount of space available for the battery.

GPU

15-inch MacBook models are equipped with built-in Intel HD Graphics 630 and also come with discrete graphics cards from AMD. The Radeon Pro 555 (with 2GB vRAM) and 560 (with 4GB vRAM) come in the two base machines. On the less expensive entry-level 15-inch MacBook Pro, there's an option to upgrade to the Radeon Pro 560 for $100.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro switches between the built-in and discrete graphics cards to maximize battery life. The low-power integrated card is used for non-intensive tasks, while the Radeon Pro is employed when doing something that requires more GPU power such 3D rendering or video editing.

SSD

The solid state drive in the MacBook Pro is the component that's received one of the biggest upgrades. Apple describes it as a super fast SSD with sequential read speeds of up to 3.1GB/s and sequential write speeds up to 2.2GB/s, which is twice as fast as the SSD 2015 MacBook Pro models.

Storage space starts at 256GB for the entry-level machine, but can be upgraded up to 2TB. The solid state drive in the 15-inch MacBook Pro is soldered to the logic board and is not removable, so it cannot be upgraded after purchase.

Other Features

Camera
The camera in the MacBook Pro has not been upgraded compared to the previous-generation machine. It continues to use a 720p FaceTime HD camera.

Battery Life
Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro offers "all-day" battery life with up to 10 hours of wireless web usage and up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback.

Compared to the previous-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro, battery life has improved by an hour. The 2015 machine offered up to nine hours of wireless web usage and up to nine hours of iTunes movie playback.

Inside, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with a 76-watt-hour lithium polymer battery that's charged using an included 87W USB-C Power Adapter.

Wireless Connectivity
802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 are supported in the new MacBook Pro.

Available Models

There are two 15-inch MacBook Pro models, both with Touch Bars, Touch ID, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports, available for purchase in the following configurations:

  • $2,399 - 2.8GHz quad-core Core i7 Kaby Lake processor, 16GB 2133 MHz RAM, 256GB SSD, Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB memory.

  • $2,799 - 2.9GHz quad-core Core i7 Kaby Lake processor, 16GB 2133 MHz RAM, 512GB SSD, Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB memory.

Build to Order Options

On both 15-inch machines, the processor, graphics card, and SSD can be upgraded.

A 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor upgrade is priced at $300 on the lower-cost 2.8GHz machine and $200 on the higher-end 2.9GHz machine.

The 2.8GHz machine can be updated with a 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB SSD for an additional $200, $600, or $1,400. The 2.9GHz machine can be upgraded with a 1TB or 2TB SSD for $400 or $1,200.

A Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB of memory can be added to the 2.8GHz MacBook Pro for $100.

13-inch MacBook Pro

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro is smaller than the 15-inch model, but that size reduction means its internal components aren't quite as powerful. Instead of quad-core processors and discrete graphics, the 13-inch MacBook Pro features dual-core processors and integrated graphics, but its internal components still offer solid improvements over the previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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With Kaby Lake processors, new Intel graphics, and SSD upgrades, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is much faster at rendering 3D graphics, gaming, and video editing compared to the previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Processor and RAM

The 13-inch MacBook Pro features a dual-core Kaby Lake processor, which introduces minor speed and efficiency improvements compared to previous-generation processors.

Base flagship models ship with a 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor that can be upgraded to a 3.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz or a 3.5Ghz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4Ghz.

Based on Geekbench benchmarks, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro models are approximately 10 to 20 percent faster than the previous-generation machines.

By default, the 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with 8GB of 2133 MHz RAM, but it can be upgraded to 16GB. For those looking to future proof this machine and get the most out of it, the RAM upgrade is always worthwhile.

GPU

Unlike the 15-inch MacBook Pro, the 13-inch MacBook Pro models do not feature discrete graphics cards. All Touch Bar models feature Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650.

SSD

While the 13-inch MacBook Pro has a less powerful CPU and GPU than the 15-inch machine, it uses the same solid state drive. The SSD in the 13-inch MacBook Pro supports sequential read speeds of up to 3.1GB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 2.1GB/s which is twice as fast as the SSD in 2015 MacBook Pro models.

Storage space starts at 256GB for the entry-level machine, but can be upgraded up to 1TB.

The solid state drive in the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is soldered to the logic board and is not removable, so it cannot be upgraded after purchase.

Other Features

Camera

The camera in the MacBook Pro has not been upgraded compared to the previous-generation machine. It continues to use a 720p FaceTime HD camera.

Battery Life

The 13-inch MacBook Pro uses a 49.2-watt-hour lithium polymer battery and offers up to 10 hours of wireless web use and up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback on a single charge, which Apple considers "all-day battery life."

Compared to the previous-generation machine, battery life is slightly down. 2015 models offered up to 10 hours of wireless web use and up to 12 hours of iTunes movie playback, but included a larger battery. Apple has been able to offer comparable battery life with a smaller battery thanks to more efficient internal components.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro ships with a 61W USB-C Power Adapter for charging.

Wireless Connectivity

802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 are supported in the new MacBook Pro.

Available Models

There are two 13-inch MacBook Pro models that come equipped with Touch Bars, Touch ID, and four Thunderbolt ports. A low-end model sans Touch Bar is included later in the roundup.

  • $1,799 - 3.1GHz dual-core Core i5 Kaby Lake processor, 8GB 2133MHz RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650.

  • $1,999 - 3.1GHz dual-core Core i5 Kaby Lake processor, 8GB 2133MHz RAM, 512GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650.

Build to Order Options

On the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the processor, RAM, and SSD can be upgraded.

For both 13-inch MacBook Pro models, the 3.1GHz processor can be upgraded to 3.3GHz for $100 or 3.5GHz (Core i7) for $300. The RAM can be upgraded to 16GB for an additional $200.

On the $1,999 13-inch MacBook Pro, the SSD can be upgraded from 512GB to 1TB for $400, while the $1,799 model can be upgraded with a 512GB SSD for $200 or a 1TB SSD for $600.

Low-End MacBook Pro Sans Touch Bar

Apple has released a third 13-inch MacBook Pro that's aimed at customers who might have purchased a MacBook Air. Priced starting at $1,299, the MacBook Pro does not have a Touch Bar and it also features a slower processor and graphics, slower RAM, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports instead of four. The non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro was originally priced at $1,499, but Apple introduced a new lower-cost model with a 128GB SSD in June of 2017.

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Aside from the slower processor and graphics changes, the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro has the same faster SSD and the same improved display, along with the same design changes. It's 12 percent thinner than the MacBook Air with 13 percent less volume, and both the MacBook Air and the new 13-inch MacBook Pro weigh the same.

The following models are available:

  • $1,299 - 2.3GHz dual-core i5 Kaby Lake processor, 2133MHz RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640.

  • $1,499 - 2.3GHz dual-core i5 Kaby Lake processor, 2133MHz RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640.

Upgrade options include a 2.5GHz Intel Core i7 processor for $300, 16GB RAM for $200, and 512GB or 1TB of storage space for $200 or $600 (256GB model). For the 128GB model, SSD upgrades are priced as follows: 26GB - $200, 512GB - $400, 1TB - $800.

2015 MacBook Pro

Apple is continuing to sell one 15-inch 2015 MacBook Pro model for $1,999. The machine uses the original 2015 MacBook Pro design with previous-generation internal specs.

It comes equipped with a 2.2GHz quad-core previous-generation Haswell processor, 16GB 1600MHz RAM, a 256GB SSD, and Intel Iris Pro graphics, with upgrade options for the processor and SSD.

How to Buy

The MacBook Pro models refreshed with Kaby Lake chips and upgraded GPUs became available for purchase in June, shortly after they were announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference. All of the machines are in stock and can be purchased from the online Apple Store or Apple retail locations. Stock models are available for immediate shipment, while custom build-to-order machines take slightly longer.

Refurbished 2017 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models can be purchased at a 15 percent discount from Apple's online refurbished store. Refurbished machines offer the same warranty as standard MacBook Pro models and have been checked and verified through Apple's refurbishing process.

For Macs made in 2009 and later, Apple offers a trade-in program in partnership with buyback company Phobio, allowing you to get up to $2,500 when trading in an eligible Mac. Trade-in via Apple is convenient, but you can often get a better price selling a Mac yourself.

Best Prices
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 2.3 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD - Silver
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 2.3 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD - Space Gray
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 2.3 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - Silver
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 2.3 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - Space Gray
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 3.1 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - Silver
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 3.1 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - Space Gray
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 3.1 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - Silver
13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 3.1 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - Space Gray
15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2015): 2.2 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB
15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 2.8 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - Silver
15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 2.8 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - Space Gray
15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 2.9 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - Silver
15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2017): 2.9 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - Space Gray

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