It doesn't mean a new-style MacBook Pro couldn't be in the offing next month or later this year, but it definitely makes that report a bit more of a head-scratcher.
Apple claims the new processors help the MacBook Pro deliver twice the performance than a previous-gen quad-core MacBook Pro and 40% more performance than a previous-gen 6-core MacBook Pro. Previously, the highest-end CPU you could put into the 15-inch MacBook Pro was a six-core chip with a 2.9GHz base clock and 4.8GHz turbo.
Meanwhile, on the outside, Apple has slightly tweaked the 2019 MacBook's keyboard, although not enough to warrant it a new generation label. That said, like all laptop makers who try to cram big, power-hungry processors inside thin-and-light laptops, any potential buyers should know that there's bound to be some CPU throttling due to heat. The Butterfly mechanism used in its recent MacBook lines has been prone to failure, and Apple has apologized for the issue with a fix program on top. 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.
As was reported last month, Apple is working to shorten the time it takes to fix keyboards in Apple Store. MacBook Pros are popular with Apple developers and there's always speculation that new ones will be announced during the event's keynote, though that rarely happens.
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Though Apple believes that this change will greatly reduce the issue, it is also including all butterfly keyboards across its notebook line into its Keyboard Service Program. It's nevertheless disconcerting that Apple is only updating the keyboard on some of its MacBook Pros, while the entry-level 13-inch without the Touch Bar remains on sale with the older design.
Are you particularly excited about the new MacBook Pro 2019? Apple has even sped up the fix process by fixing the keyboards in stores within 24 hours instead of shipping them out to a fix facility. The company says only a "small percentage of the keyboards" have problems.
That's cool - faster performance is always appreciated especially if you do things like video editing - but the most important change is to the controversial "butterfly" keyboards.
It's worth noting that the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar hasn't been updated. We haven't had any problems with either keyboard yet, but this program extension provides a little reassurance that it's not going to be an issue if we do.