Out of nowhere: updated MacBook Pro (2018)

The updated MacBook Pro (2018) is here and it’s what I expect in a pro computer:

  • 6-core Intel 8th generation (Coffee Lake) Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory (FINALLY!)
  • Radeon Pro graphics with 4GB of video memory
  • Up to 4TB of SSD storage (if you have more money than god)
  • True Tone displays
  • Apple T2 chip

The main improvement seems to be the extra RAM on the 15 inch and the (hopefully fixed) keyboard. 

I have the maxed out 2016 Touch Bar MacBook Pro and the main thing I noticed compared to my previous machine (late 2013 maxed out MacBook Pro) is that it’s maybe around 15% faster when rendering a 3D scene. Not worth the AU$5600 I paid for the upgrade.

Keyboard Trouble

Especially if you look at the keyboard issue I had where Apple first replaced a key and then ended up replacing the entire top case (keyboard, battery etc.) as well as the display. A AU$1500 repair for a sticky “B” key on a laptop!

Alternative: iMac Pro

If you want to fork out top dollar for this MacBook Pro, I would recommend that you look at the iMac Pro instead. You’re entering similar pricing territory but the iMac gives you better performance by a long shot. 

In my informal rendering tests, the iMac Pro (mid-level) outperforms the top of the line 2016 MacBook Pro by a factor of 3!

If you don’t need the portability or you’re willing to be this guy

Why?

it’s worth considering the iMac Pro instead of the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro 2018.

But seriously… Don’t be THAT guy.

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