All MacBooks with butterfly keyboards are now eligible for free repairs

Sarah Tew  CNET

Sarah Tew CNET

Naturally, the 8-core, 15-inch MacBook Pro is twice as fast as the most recent quad-core model, and 40% faster than the previous 6-core configurations. If that's not enough, the top-end model can be configured with an even more expensive Core i9, which features Turbo Boost clock speed of up to 5Ghz. Apple is also introducing a new quad-core i7 processor that can boost up to 4.7GHz.

Meanwhile, the 13-inch Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro is also getting upgraded CPUs. "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".

Apple doesn't often admit fault, but the quiet launch of a new MacBook Pro model today, alongside an adjustment to the Keyboard Service Program, seems to be the company's way of acknowledging that there's more work to be done to address the butterfly keyboard issues of its laptop line. However, only time will tell whether this version of the MacBook Pro's keyboard is more reliable than prior iterations. That's because nearly nothing else about the MacBook Pro is changing-memory and storage options remain the same, as do most of the other features.

Beyond this processor bump, it appears that absolutely nothing else about the 15-inch MacBook Pro has changed, and any changes to the 13-inch models are even less clear due to the limited amount of information via Apple's news release, much less its product purchase webpage.

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On the new 2019 MacBook Pros, Apple told me it changed the material within the "keyboard mechanism". An Apple representative declined to comment on the specific improvements in the new design.

Both will also come with an update to Apple's butterfly keyboard, which should prevent issues with letters being pressed multiple times, or not at all.

That's reassuring on a basic level, and Apple has indeed built its brand on excellent in-store customer service. This is the fourth time Apple is tweaking the design of the infamous MacBook Pro keyboard that has been causing all sorts of trouble. As Apple notes, the vast majority of units don't have problems, and that includes the ones PCMag received for review.

Apple's updated 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros are available today starting at $1,799 and $2,399, respectively.

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