If you do not pay attention to the details, it was the usual speed bump, especially since the MacBook Pro performance has increased markedly. The same design, the same colors, the same four USB type-C, the same battery life. None of the most attractive features of MBP was not sacrificed no matter what. And it was a real miracle, because to do without the victims was impossible.
Design, by and large, was almost the same as in 2012. In 2016 he has changed, but not radically. It was defiantly. Against colleagues, is changing the appearance of the laptops once or twice a year. In fact, colleagues unsuccessfully tried to emulate the Apple of the past, investing a lot of money in fine art, and the world would become more beautiful and more comfortable – but the Apple in this race did not participate. Why? Though, because the MacBook Pro design is still admired, and perhaps (on taste and color, as you know, will not throw a scarf), was the best. The main thing in the profession of a magician to stop in time and not to have too much magic.
For two years, from 2016, Apple was criticized for communication fascism. A terrible shadow over the image of the MacBook Pro was spinning a pack of adapters, which made happy hundreds of small companies. Adapter is required even to connect to a computer of their own iOS devices. But the more the world fell into the future, the less criticism, and even objections. The USB-C port (Thunderbolt 3), with time, will replace all others. If someone doesn’t come up with something more universal, which is unlikely.
Keyboard with original “butterfly” has cost Apple dearly, the company has lost several lawsuits, she was forced to acknowledge the problem and pay for the replacement of damaged (or defective) keyboards out of pocket. The problems were serious. After the introduction of the keyboard-the butterflies, the number of appeals in service centers Apple related to a malfunction of the keyboard has increased at least twice. In 2017, they became even more. By the time it coincided with the release of “butterfly II” but “after something” and “due to something” not the same thing. In 2018 the population of the “butterflies” of all its generations had already exceeded ten million, of which it was a couple of tens of thousands. 0,1%?
Total: this is the same thing that was in 2017, only with more powerful processors with increased maximum size of RAM, more productive and with small improvements, none of which never radical?
What is the new MacBook Pro “much better”?
In press releases and technical documentation Intel argued that the Coffee Lake processors dissipate the same amount of heat as their counterparts from previous generations. Actually it was a bit wrong. Priorities have changed, saving energy was not given so much attention – and a significant increase in power with impunity does not happen. Especially if this increases the number of cores. 15-inch MacBook Pro 2018 maximum RAM size has been increased to 32 Gigabytes, as both have long asked for in our Telegram chat. Now they are not inferior on this important indicator of professional laptops competitors,less than a year before Apple’s sufficiently explained: it’s impossible. For this it was necessary to use DDR4, which need much more space and energy.
MacBook Pro 2018 was outwardly exactly the same as his last year’s ancestor (which is not true about the 13-inch model), he weighed the same 1.8 kg and the battery enough for 10 hours (according to Apple), and even on 16:21 – in some tests. While the new MacBook Pro and the processors and memory were significantly hungry than before. Battery capacity increased from 76.0 per kWh up to 83.6 W*h, increasing its size. DDR4 is also more space was needed. CPU and discrete GPU was demanding power and cooling efficiency. The task facing the creators of the new model was almost insoluble. The dimensions and weight MacBook Pro remains the most compact and lightweight in its class.
The results of independent tests initially forced to question the professionalism of the developers of a novelty: she coped with heavy professional tasks even worse than its ancestor with a slower processor, RAM, and SSD, due to the reduction of the clock frequency of the processor in response to the temperature rise. Conventional and, in essence, the proper reaction – but for a professional notebook that sounded like a death sentence. The reaction in the media was to be expected: MacBook Pro differed from colleagues not only unmatched beauty, but also high price. And now they were still almost useless.
However, to disperse in earnest, and make far-reaching conclusions about the inglorious demise of “Apple” laptops haters, the company did not. 12 days after the start of sales Apple released Mac OS 10.3.6, and the problem was solved. Heating, in which the MacBook Pro started to slow down, was not dangerous for them. There were other problems but they were solved by software updates. The developers of the new MacBook Pro really made a miracle.
CPU, GPU and iGPU
15-inch MacBook Pro 2018 was used three versions of the processors Coffee Lake. They were 6-core, all supported Hyperthreading, allowing each of the six cores, from the perspective of the operating system two virtual. Here’s the list:
— Intel Core i7 2.2 GHz (i7-8750H), cache in the third level to 9 Megabytes, with a maximum clock frequency in the mode with sed 4.1 GHz;
— Intel Core i7 2.6 GHz (i7-8850H), cache in the third level to 9 Megabytes, with a maximum clock frequency in the mode with sed 4.3 GHz;
— Intel Core 2.9 GHz i9 (i9-8950HK), cache in the third level 12 MB, with a maximum clock frequency in the mode with sed at 4.8 GHz.
Core i9, according to some experts, was the focus of Intel marketing, and seemingly had places a simple renaming Core i5 and Core i7 to Core i7, and Core i9 – for greater solidity and to impress. In the first days after the release of the new MacBook Pro in light, Core i9 tests were inferior in performance, even Core i7 used in the same MacBook Pro. He quickly warmed up to the threshold and almost immediately started to slow down. Core i7 also behaved inappropriately but later, they even managed to perform some tasks of the test with stunning results. That is, it was not a marketing rename. Inhibition was eliminated after 12 days after the release of MBP into the light, in Mac OS 10.3.6.
On the chip of each of the above CPU was placed built-in graphic processor Intel Graphics UHD 630. While the computer performed tasks which did not require any serious graphics performance (that is, most of the time), for everything related to graphics and support for external displays answered this “poor” as it is called in some media, iGPU, and it was pretty handy. For example, with the support of two 5K displays (5120-by-2880 60 Hz) or four 4K displays (4096х2304, 60 Hz). At the same time with its own display. iGPU reserved for their needs 1.5 GB of RAM for General use.
When the built-in iGPU was not enough, the system automatically switches to the more powerful and voracious discrete GPU. 15-inch MacBook Pro 2018 was used and modified accelerated modifications of those de of processors that were used in the models of the previous year:
— AMD Radeon 555Х Pro with 4 Gigabytes of video memory;
— AMD Radeon 560Х Pro with 4 Gigabytes of video memory.
In the fall of 2018 to this list were added two more GPUs, but we will discuss them some other time.
Configuration and specifications
In the online Apple store, the initial configurations of the new MacBook Pro have two, 2 and 2 399 799 dollars, excluding taxes and fees. They were more expensive than laptops in this class of competitors, but not dramatically. Part of the “cheap” configuration included an Intel Core i7 2.2 GHz (i7-8750H), AMD Radeon 555Х Pro and 256 GB SSD, while the more expensive Intel Core i7 2.6 GHz (i7-8850H), GPU (AMD Radeon 560Х Pro and 512 GB SSD. 16 Gigabytes RAM memory PC4-19200 (2 400 MHz) DDR4 memory, for $ 200 its size can be increased to 32 Gigabytes.
In the configurators of both configurations is present option is replacing the CPU for the i9, that is, Intel 2.9 GHz Core i9 (i9-8950HK). In the initial configuration 2 for $ 399 it cost 400 dollars, and more expensive, for 2 799 300. In the Configurator, in addition, it was possible to increase the amount of flash memory. Cheap up to 512 GB and up to 1, 2 or 4 Terabytes for 200, 600, 1 400 3 or 400 dollars, more expensive to 1, 2 or 4 Terabytes, 400, 1 200 and 3 200 dollars. NVMe SSD now governed from MacBook Pro introduced in another operating system (bridgeOS) in the Apple T2, which, without prejudice to the speed of writing and reading scrambled and unscrambled data.
After completion of the order, RAM, SSD and CPU is firmly soldered to the motherboard permanently. From this moment they can be replaced only together with the motherboard. Generally this is a disadvantage, but if the computer has Apple T2, the resistance becomes almost an advantage.