Apple updates MacBook Pro laptops with new '8-core' processors

Apple has quietly refreshed its MacBook Pro line-up with new Intel processors and better keyboards.

The technology giant has added 8th and 9th generation processors to its premium laptops, boasting that they are now the ‘fastest Mac notebook ever’.

Intel’s chips are 8-core processors and, as you’d expect, deliver twice the performance of the standard quad-core MacBooks.

‘Whether it’s college students mastering a course of study, developers building world-class apps or video editors creating feature films, we’re constantly amazed at what our customers do with their MacBook Pro,’ said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product Marketing.

‘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 coupled this announcement with news that any Macbooks with a ‘butterfly mechanism’ keyboard will be eligible for the company’s Keyboard Service Program.

The latest version of the MacBook Pro features a slightly tweaked keyboard design that should put to rest some of the criticisms that Apple has faced in recent years.

According to Apple, the ‘new materials’ in the switch mechanism on the latest MacBook Pro should reduce the amount of double and missed key presses. However, just to be safe, it’s also added this new model to the aforementioned replacement program.

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