The New 2018 MacBook Pro: Is It Worth The Upgrade?
Apple’s latest MacBook Pro just released, but is it worth the upgrade?
Apple recently released its latest version of the MacBook Pro. From the naked eye, the new laptop looks nearly identicaly to its predecessor. It still has the Touch Bar, its casing is identical and the 13-inch and 15-inch models still come in either Space Gray or Silver colors. Here at The Sitch, we all use the 2016 version of the MacBook Pro and are overall happy with its performance. So what exactly has Apple changed in its latest iteration of the computer and is it really worth the upgrade?
On its website, Apple highlights a few key features such as the new eighth-generation Intel 6‑core and quad-core processors, stunning Retina display with True Tone technology, the ability to have up to 32GB of memory for running multiple pro apps and of course the Touch Bar which is supposed to help you work more productively. While all of that is great, we wanted to dive a bit deeper into the specs and see where the true differences lie.
The butterfly keyboard that the MacBooks currently come with has been subject to some controversy. It's been reported that it fails twice as frequently as other models, it easily gets crumbs and other debris caught underneath the keys and well… they’re really loud. In the latest model, Apple says that the keyboard is now quieter but we’ve only experienced it to be a few decibels quieter than its predecessor.
True Tone Display
When enabled, Apple’s new True Tone Display will make your laptop automatically adjust the display to make colors appear consistent in different ambient lighting conditions. This means that if you’re in an area that has tungsten lighting, then the colors on your screen will appear more yellow, while if you’re under a fluorescent light, then the colors may appear bluer. This, of course, isn’t really helpful to any of you video editors out there who really need to be able to fine-tune the white balance of your project.
Faster Processing With Photo, Video And Pro Apps
One big standout feature on the new MacBook Pros is their better processors. If you’re working with a lot of 4K videos, then this might be a saving grace as the 2018 models can now process 10+ minute 4K videos in a few minutes.
While importing photos into Lightroom may take about the same time on both 2016 and 2018 models, you’ll be able to shave minutes off of your export time with the newer model. For those of you who work with a lot of photo and video content, this upgrade could well be worth the price of getting a new MacBook.
In addition to the most talked about features noted above, Apple has also made a ton of more minute upgrades in the latest models – including the 13-inch with Touch Bar’s new Intel quad-core processors and the 15-inch’s first ever hexa-core. Both models are also using Intel’s latest Coffee Lake silicon.
Depending on the model, the new Macbooks also have Intel 655 graphics that has twice the eDRAM DDR4 (2400MHz), up to 32GB of memory, faster SSDs (up to 2TB or 4TB), bigger batteries, Bluetooth 5.0, Apple T2 processor, Hey Siri, and better speakers.
After reviewing all of the upgrades, we’ll probably keep our 2016 model MacBook Pros for now. At least until Apple rolls out with newer models that have more of a night and day difference. Although, we will say that the faster processing speeds would be nice for photo and video editing.
Let us know what you think about Apple’s new MacBook Pros and whether or not you plan on upgrading in the comments section below. And be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more tech news and other entertaining reads.