Despite the keyboard “butterfly III”, with the let and imperfect, but still with protection against most types of pollution, and the lack of physical shortcut Escape, and a number of other birthmarks of progress, new little Pro was fantastically good.
The fists themselves are compressed, when you think how much a MacBook Pro mid-2018 would be wonderful if he was, at least, a reliable and familiar as a sandwich keyboard. With the Touch Bar, and with artificially derived in the laboratories of Apple virus Apple T2, and no real Escape key (this is just as well not work precisely when it is most needed) I would have resigned. Like if every week, “to put the keyboard an enema,” she flawlessly will last for years. I doubt that the keys “butterflies III” weekly hygiene equally useful.
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The quality and materials used, and Assembly was normal for Apple height. Prices remained the same. 13-inch MacBook Pro 2017 without Touch Bar (with a real Esc key) is still on sale for 1 $ 299. Prices on the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2018 as before started with 1 799 USD (without taxes and fees) – so the suffering the media about the prohibitively high prices on new MacBook Pro we will not pay attention. SSD with the fastest among all the then laptops access for reading and writing, great screen (True Tone), decent battery life. By the way, NVMe SSD in MacBook Pro 2018 was implemented in Apple’s T2, which is still encrypted data “without sacrificing speed”.
CPU, GPU, and initial configuration
As in the previous year, 13-inch MacBook Pro 2018 was presented in the online Apple store two initial configurations. As before, in both configurations used the same processor, they differed by the amount of installed flash memory. And in 2017, in the initial configuration in 1 799 dollars the amount of flash memory was 256 Gigabytes, and configuration 1 for $ 999 – 512 GB. Online store the amount of flash memory can be increased to 1 or 2 Terabytes. They took over the TB, and whether it was possible to upgrade the configuration with 256 GB up to 512 I don’t know. After ordering the selected volume of flash-memory itavalta into the motherboard, and acted in the disposal of Apple T2 and the operating system bridgeOS. It means “forever.”
Even if the “handyman” from the Baltic coast of Poland swearing in the 2015-2016 that for not too large amount it is able to replace soldered SSD module for the new higher capacity were really capable, incorruptible Cerberus T2 Apple would just kill the computer. In the specified firmware data to flash memory, to modify these data only to Apple (and they are not perepevat flash memory). A new era.
13-inch MacBook Pro 2018 processors with the architecture of the Coffee Lake, produced on the technological process of 14 nm++, 4-core and the superior 2-core processors Kaby Lake in the previous year, according to Intel, is 30%. In the two initial configurations used Intel Core i5 2.3 GHz (i5-8259U) cache third level 6 MB, with a maximum frequency in Turbo mode is 3.8 GHz. The extra $ 300 you can choose Intel Core i7 2.7 GHz (i7-8559U) cache third level is 8 MB, with a maximum frequency mode Turbo Boost at 4.5 GHz.
According to tradition, the 13-inch MacBook Pro was used exclusively graphics processors, in 2018, the role went Intel Iris Graphics 655 Plus with 128 Gigabytes of eDRAM, reserving for their needs up to 1.5 GB total RAM. And while fans of the beyond games belonged to the graphical abilities of this Mac and contempt, and tasks from real life was on the shoulder of Iris Plus 655, even serious.
The first thing that catches the eye in a modern laptop is the screen. 13-inch MacBook Pro 2018 it was almost the same as in last year’s model. Brightness 500 CD/m2 (according to the test results – up to 504 CD/m2), contrast 1 451:1, resolution 2560 x 1600 (227 ppi). The diagonal size of 13.3 inches, or 33.8 cm). But there was also new support True Tone, borrowed from the iPad Pro and iPhone 8/8+/X. most Likely, True Tone Apple was doing T2. Professionals, whose work, the response of the screen to change the “color temperature” of the environment interfered with, could turn this feature off in system settings.
RAM PC3-17000 (2 133 MHz) LPDDR3. The composition of the initial configurations consisted of 8 Gigabytes, the online store size of RAM can be increased up to 16 Gigabytes – after ordering the memory vpisalas into the motherboard and the upgrade was absolutely impossible. Given the appetite Plus Intel Iris Graphics 655, 8 GB was not enough. For the upgrade of RAM had to pay $ 200.
Unlike the 13-inch model last year, all four of the USB type-C (aka Thunderbolt 3) was complete, to any of them you can connect a display, though external graphics processor (Black Magic). Speaking of external displays to the MBP 13 2018 you can connect either a single 5K display (5120-by-2880 60 Hz), or two 4K (3840×2160 4096х2304 or 60 Hz). There was another connector – the audio output, analog, to connect any standard headphones.
As before, 802.11 ac (supporting 802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth 5.0, for the first time in a MacBook Pro. To be continued!