A year ago I gave up. MacBook Air quickly became obsolete, it was necessary to be updated.
First I tried the 13-inch Pro with the Touch Bar. It was cool, but every day I wanted more.
As a result, I made a banal exchange and ended up with a 15-inch MacBook Pro in 2017 in the base configuration. My soul is not in it, it’s still my favorite main computer.
Nevertheless, the summer announcement of the new generation of MacBooks aroused genuine interest. What is the difference? Is it worth changing the new “bug” recently? And, most importantly, is it time to switch to these laptops for those who until the last stayed with Pro models, released before the redesign?
After a week of testing, I have unequivocal answers to these questions.
The logical question: what’s new?
In all MacBook Pro 2018 with Touch Bar installed the newest processors Intel Core 8-th generation – code-named Coffee Lake. This is again 14-nanometer chips, but with significantly improved power consumption, reduced heat generation and, naturally, increased performance.
The synthetic tests show that even the basic configurations of the new generation Pro are worthy of overtaking last year’s models: at least 10%, and sometimes even 20% in specific resource-intensive tasks.
The gap with the old models is no less significant: we are talking about a growth of 30 percent or more, looking back at the generation of 2016 and later.
Improved and 3D-performance. In 13-inch models there is still no discrete video chip: Intel Iris Pro 655 instead of 650 (difference 5-13% performance).
In the basic 15-inch stands Radeon Pro 555X instead of Radeon Pro 550. And with 4 GB of memory, even in the basic configuration (used to be 2 GB). The difference with the previous generation is about 10-20%.
For one generation of a giant breakthrough, maybe it did not happen. But it’s worth looking at the top-end models, and the difference becomes gigantic.
MacBook Pro 2018 for the first time supports a series of flagship serial processors Intel Core i9 with 6 cores. This is not a joke: such a processor is rarely seen on non-gaming (and very expensive) laptops.
The model with Core i9 has amazing performance for a laptop. It plugs the flagship iMac for the belt and tears the multicore performance of the legendary modular Mac Pro 2012 (for a minute, with 12 cores!), Very close to the power of the average configuration of the Mac Pro 2013.
In addition, for the first time in the history of the new Pro, 32 GB of RAM is supported . And the maximum volume of the SSD-drive is now as much as 4 terabytes.
However, most potential buyers expected a new generation from the new generation. To the keyboard “probyk” – thin, fast and responsive – was a complaint. There can get dust, after which the keys begin to fall.
Now this should happen less often. In the 2018 model, under each button a thin membrane appeared , which makes the sound of the keys quieter and simultaneously protects the mechanism from contamination. This should help in the long run, with primary tests confirming the effectiveness of the innovation.
Finally, in the displays of the MacBook appeared the function True Tone , as on all flagship iPhone. It adjusts the white balance to the lighting conditions, reducing the load on the eyes. It was even added to the Touch Bar, although no one had thought of asking.
All good is managed by a separate T2 chip : actually a mini-computer inside the laptop that deals with power, data security and state management of all hardware, removing the load of these tasks from the main processor. Previously, the T2 chip was only in the iMac Pro.
From other innovations – increased battery capacity, improved dynamics. Weight, body, shape and other small things remained unchanged.
Which MacBook Pro 2018 I tested. And what was my
I took in the re: Store base model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro 2018 color Space Gray. Here’s her config:
Processor: Intel Core i7 8th generation with a clock speed of 2.2 GHz
Video card: Radeon Pro 555X with 4 GB of GDDR5 / Intel HD 630 memory
Memory: 16 GB DDR4 2400 MHz
SSD: 256 GB
I compared it with my ( also basic ) silvery 15-inch MacBook Pro 2017. I have:
Processor: Intel Core i7 7-th generation with a clock speed of 2.8 GHz
Video card: Radeon Pro 550 with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory / Intel HD 630
Memory: 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz
SSD: 256 GB
Basically, I did not compare the top model (Core i9) with my own. It will be bought by units, this is an extremely specialized laptop for those who really squeeze everything out of the iron of a working machine. It is much more interesting to watch what is waiting for buyers of the standard version .
Again, a new laptop in the photo – black. The old one (mine) is silvery .
The first noticeable difference. Keyboard with the eyes of a journalist
I’m very loud on the keyboard. And I knock a lot. This work, you know. When I work, the sound of the Claudia of my Pro 2017 is audible on two floors of the office.
Sowing for a week for Pro 2018, colleagues became more difficult to morally suppress: the sound really changed, became quieter.
Instead of a typical crunch click (sorry, but how else to describe?) Now a quiet click is issued. The easy horizontal backlash of the keys disappeared, they now seem to be fastened tightly.
In addition, the silicone membrane pushes the button harder after pressing, which you notice at first – but this does not affect print speed at all, just a tactile trifle.
It’s funny that we could not record the keyboard sound difference between two generations of MacBook Pro. It is noticeable on the notes below, but not so when you replace one MacBook with another and notice abruptly how quietly you continue typing the text.
If I were shown this keyboard in 2016, I would have forgotten about my Air yet and went to the store.
Specifically typing one page of text on two laptops, I unconditionally prefer the updatedversion of the version of 2018. This, of course, was supposed to be from the very beginning.
I know that my opinion will seem unpopular. But once familiar with the keyboard of the MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar, you absolutely do not want to go back. Claims can not even come up.
MacBook Pro 2017:
MacBook Pro 2018:
This thin, ultra-responsive keyboard is very fast, and typing even long, many hours of text on it is a complete pleasure . Never before have I typed large texts as quickly as on these models.
So I confidently recommend the new Pro to everyone who previously feared their keys. It’s time to move on, you will not regret it. I’m talking like a man who buys a letter for nine years already.
The second difference. Display with True Tone (simple eyes)
Ever since True Tone appeared in the iPad Pro and the iPhone, its move to the MacBook was only a matter of time. For example, on my iPhone X, I never turn off this feature. It works so that most often I do not even notice. Just the picture seems to be “better”.
True Tone in the laptop, however, the issue of another caliber. One thing is a smartphone with its messengers and fun, and another – a working computer with a professional software.
If anything, True Tone is designed to ease the strain on the eyes and normalize the white balance on the screen with the lighting around you.
The technology itself works here perfectly. On the MacBook Pro in the yellow light conditions, it draws the picture closer to the “warm” tones. On a cloudy day in the back seat of the car, on the contrary, lowers the color temperature. It should be so.
It is almost impossible to notice the work of True Tone without the old Pro model on the contrary. The brain does not fix the nominally “wrong” color temperature at all, if it corresponds to lighting around.
With True Tone it was easier to work in applications with a light background, including text editors and other office software.
There is, however, one thing. True Tone should be turned off when editing photos or doing color correction in a video. In such tasks, the display should have strictly fixed contrast and color temperature, otherwise without a histogram it is very easy to make a mistake and unscrew something wrong.
I was surprised not to find the True Tone switch in the Notification Center next to Do Not Disturb. I think later it will be added there, it’s really the right thing when you need to work with the image.
However, in other scenarios I prefer to include True Tone . It’s really nicer to work on a computer with him.
As for the True Tone function in the Touch Bar – if it works (and it works), I could not capture the significant difference in color temperature between the old “touch bar” and the new one.
Take a new MacBook Pro for True Tone just do not need it, but as a nice bonus it’s very even to the point.
Not so noticeable, but different. Performance
MacBook Pro is very rarely updated every year. Some of our readers have so far avoided new “proshki” – who is due to the keyboard, who is due to the similarity with the old performance models. Now both these arguments are not relevant.
Instant opening of heavy applications, easy processing of resource-intensive tasks, almost complete absence of influence of a large number of open applications on performance … after working for a new “spot”, nothing else will ever want.
If the model of 2017 finally bypassed the old “beeches” of the first generation Retina, then the new Pro increased this gap to noticeable .
But to notice this leap is not so easy. When your previous laptop flies, how to see a performance boost of even 20%?
For the sake of an answer to this question, I worked for both laptops in a mixed way, trying to catch the moment when last year’s model will be noticeably slower.
The success of the undertaking was not met. PCIe SSD equalize the difference between generations. One second and a half seconds of waiting – is that the difference?
So for the sake of business, I decided to turn to benchmarks.
I already mentioned the results of popular synthetic tests, so I decided to put something exotic on both laptops. Downloaded the free program CompuBench CL directly from the App Store. I chased all her tests.
1. The processor base MacBook Pro 2018 is more powerful from 5 to 90% in different types of tasks: the more all the cores are used, the further the new generation of makbukes breaks out.
2. Discrete graphics card base MacBook Pro 2018 on average 15% faster than last year’s model. Rendering video, however, went as much as 2 times faster (by 102%) – merit including the processor.
If you have a 2016 model and are older, you can multiply these results by half.
At maximum load, the heat dissipation of both old and new macbuk was approximately the same: the heat spread from the motherboard next to the display to about the lower third of the case. The 15-ward was always a hot laptop, if you strain it.
But the noise is relatively small. The same Retina-models of 2015 and older buzz much louder.
What else interesting noticed
The battery life increased by an average of one hour under load and by about two with moderate work without fanaticism. Of the 15-inch model in 2018, it was possible to squeeze almost 6 hours with the full use of a discrete video card and processor resources.
If it seems to you that this is not enough, here is another figure. If you use an integrated graphics card and work in the normal mode, a new 15-inch “proshka” has survived the killer 11 hours !
Why such a divergence? Simply discrete graphics cards have never been characterized by low power consumption. Especially more or less normal, as in Pro. By default, macOS itself decides when to use it integrated, and when the discrete “vidyahu.”
This is not Apple’s problem. Worst of all in terms of calls to discrete Radeon itself is the browser Chrome. When you migrate to Safari and do not change anything in the routine of work, you will get 8-10 hours without problems.
Photographers also note: the 15-inch MacBook Pro lasts about 7 hours in Photoshop at a brightness of 65%. FSH includes a discrete card at once, but I do not see anything surprising in it.
By the way, you can put the gfxCardStatus extension for macOS. It will allow you to choose the video chip you use on your own – at your own risk, risk and risk of a drop in performance.
And the speakers began to play a little better . To them, and before this claim was not: 15-inch Pro could scream so that no speakers were not necessary. But now the sound itself became a little richer: the mid-range details are more detailed and more pleasant, the bass became more noticeable.
Total. To whom to take, to whom to wait?
If you have a 15-inch MacBook Pro in 2017: you can wait for the next generation. Not because the laptop is bad (quite the opposite). Just the difference between the basic 15-inch models is not that big.
If you print a lot, then yes, it’s worth thinking about. The keyboard is a very big plus of thenew model. Straight like.
If you have any other MacBook Pro: it’s time to change.
The last generation pulled the performance of these laptops to a level higher than many stationary computers. The keyboard problems are solved. Children’s “sores” of the T2 chip are also fixed by firmware. And the laptop itself is still the most beautiful and light among the powerful 15-inch colleagues.
The base model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro 2018 costs 194,990 rubles. in the re: Store. And the 13-inch version with Touch Bar will cost 144,990 rubles. But with him we have a completely different story, which we will tell about the next time.
And short conclusions – a speck taxis. Once you try and forever. Especially the keyboard was cool. Finally, the old Retina can be confidently changed!