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Last week Apple pushed out a couple of updates to the entry-level MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air update included a new lower $1099 starting price along with True Tone Display support.
The MacBook Air update was nice, but the refresh to the entry-level MacBook Pro, which hasn’t received an update since 2017, was far more compelling. The new entry-level MacBook model comes with refreshed internals, Touch Bar and Touch ID support, and features the same $1299 base price.
Touch Bar support is nice, but the most impressive thing about this refresh is its speed, thanks large in part to the 8th-generation quad-core CPU that replaces the dual-core CPU on the previous iteration. The update makes the entry-level MacBook Pro well worth considering, even for those who felt the previous model was too underpowered for their needs.
One of the biggest things to note with this new MacBook Pro has to do with its 1.4GHz CPU. At first glance, the clock speed might come across as paltry compared to the previous generation non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro that this unit replaces. That 2017-era machine featured an Intel i5 2.3 GHz processor. However, that machine shipped with a dual core CPU, while this latest refresh includes a much more capable quad-core CPU.
The new CPU also turbo-boosts up to 3.9 GHz for short bursts of additional performance, surpassing the 3.6 GHz maximum boost for the previous gen. In other words, this processor, base 1.4GHz clock speed and all, is a much more capable machine than its predecessor from a performance perspective.
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