Apple’s latest MacBook Pro refresh once again addresses keyboard issues

These new processors, combined with powerful graphics, the brilliant and colorful Retina display, super-fast SSDs, the Apple T2 Security Chip, all-day battery life and macOS, make MacBook Pro the world's best pro notebook.

Until people get their hands on the new MacBook Pros to test out, we'll have to take Apple's word that it's really addressed the keyboard problems this time.

Apple updated its MacBook Pros today with new, faster processors and changes to the notebook line's keyboard mechanism.

The only non-computing change coming to the MacBook Pro pertains to the keyboard, a beleaguered design with extremely shallow butterfly key switches that resulted in numerous complaints and a lawsuit. There is literally not a single mention of the tweaked internals of the keyboard on the press release. A representative said Apple "stands behind" the keyboard, but store employees will help MacBook Pro owners with keyboard problems, even if the laptop's warranty has expired.

Apple on Tuesday also expanded the coverage of its keyboard fix program. This is the right thing to do and could be enough of a gesture to restore trust from MacBook faithfuls who may have lost faith in the company's commitment to quality products. Now, all Macs with butterfly keyboards are eligible for the program including the new 2019 models.

As for the MacBook Pro spec updates - they're about what you'd expect and start at the same prices as their predecessors. Graphics performance from the Intel Iris Plus graphics should be comparable to the previous-gen 13-inch MacBook Pros, though. However, only time will tell whether this version of the MacBook Pro's keyboard is more reliable than prior iterations. 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.

The 15-inch MacBook starts with a 2.6 GHz (turbo boost to 4.5GHz) six-core 9th-Gen Core i7 CPU, a Radeon Pro 555X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory and a 256GB SSD.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro now features faster 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, delivering Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz.
It appears that the non-Touch Bar models remain unchanged.

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