Apple is giving its entry-level MacBook Pro a spec bump while keeping the same $1,299 starting price (or $1,199 for college students during a back-to-school promotion).

The new MacBook Pro 13-inch laptop features a quad-core Intel 8th-gen Core i5 “Coffee Lake” processor with Intel Iris Plus 645 graphics and a Touch Bar with Touch ID, meaning every current MacBook now has a small touchscreen above the keyboard.

All of Apple’s 13.3 inch MacBook Pro laptops feature 2560 x 1600 pixel displays with True Tone technology, at least 8GB of RAM (or up to 16GB), and up to 2TB of solid state storage.

Apple continues to offer two different versions of its 13.3 inch laptop though.

Pay $1799 and up and you get a model with a faster processor and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. Models with starting prices of $1299 or $1499 feature just two Thunderbolt 3 ports and less processing power.

Other features include 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, a 3.5mm audio jack, Apple’s T2 security chip, and a 720p FaceTime HD webcam.

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3 replies on “Apple brings Intel Coffee Lake chip, Touch Bar to 13 inch MacBook Pro”

  1. Early 2019 already had coffee lake, bought mine last month and it’s coffee lake.

  2. I still think the Early-2015 MacBook Pro is where they jumped the shark.
    The keyboards and battery capacity got worse since then, and not much improvement to the Webcam, screen, or build quality either.

    The only upgrades they did was shave a little thickness and weight, and do some upgrades Bluetooth 5, TB3, and performance upgrades. They could’ve done the upgrades without downgrading everything else, and keep the previous thickness… that would’ve been the best of both worlds.

    (PS: Most people prefer the buttons over the TouchBar, few people like screen, so I’m not calling that feature an upgrade either).

  3. “every current MacBook now has a small touchscreen above the keyboard.”
    Is that so? I didn’t see one on the new Air in the previous article.

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