The 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar meets the needs of creatives and anyone who needs a high-end, ultra-powerful laptop that ticks all the boxes, especially when it comes to handling power-hungry tasks.

PROS

  • Enhanced processing speed
  • Improved storage
  • Better display
  • Very portable
  • Outstanding speakers

CONS

  • Same old design
  • Expensive

13-inch MacBook Pro vs. 15-inch MacBook Pro: Specifications

  13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
Display 2560 x 1600 at 13.3-inches Retina and 500 nits 2880 × 1800 at 15.4-inches and 500 nits
CPU 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-8559U (quad-core, 8 threads, 8MB cache, up to 4.5GHz) 2.9GHz 6-core Intel Core i9 (4.8GHz Turbo) with 12MB shared L3 cache
Operating System macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 macOS High Sierra 10.13.6
RAM 16GB (2133MHz LPDDR3) 32GB (2400MHz DDR4)
Hard drive 2TB SSD 4TB SSD
Battery 58Wh 83.6Wh
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 Radeon Pro 560X 4GB GDDR5
Camera 720p FaceTime HD webcam 720p FaceTime HD webcam
Ports 4x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 3.5mm headphone jack 4x Thunderbolt 3, 3.5mm headphone jack
Size (0.59 x 11.97 x 8.36  inches)
1.50 x 30.40 x 21.23 cm
(0.61 × 13.75 × 9.48 inches)
1.55 × 34.93 × 24.07 cm
Weight 3.02 pounds (1.37 kg) 4.02 pounds (1.82 kg)
Networking 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
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Design

  • 0.59 x 11.97 x 8.36 inches
  • 3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)
  • 4x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) 
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

The 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar still retains the slim aluminium exterior that previous MacBooks have had. The 13-inch and 15-inch models are available in silver and space gray.

The MacBook Pro models produced in 2016 and 2017 bear the same design similarities to the 2018 model with Touch Bar. That said, the keyboard is, perhaps, the only distinguishing feature.

 

As far as ports go, the 2018 MacBook Pro has only USB-C connectivity. 

 

Both 2018 MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar have four Thunderbolt 3 Ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Any of the four Thunderbolt 3 ports can be used for charging the battery. Less expensive MacBook Pro options without Touch Bar are limited to only two Thunderbolt 3 Ports.

As far as ports go, the 2018 MacBook Pro has only USB-C connectivity. No USB-A, HDMI and SD card reader. So prepare your dongles because the 2018 MacBook Pros are not shipped with any USB-C adapters.

The 15-inch model is a little heavier than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The 15-inch model weighs in at 1.82kg (4.02 pounds) while the 13-inch is 1.37kg (3.02 pounds).


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Display

  • 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina

The 13-inch model has a Retina Display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and maximum brightness of 500 nits. The 15-inch comes with a 2880 x 1800 pixels. Both versions with Touch Bar have True Tone support.

Unfortunately, though, the 13-inch model without Touch Bar does not support True Tone.

The True Tone feature is not particularly new to Apple faithfuls. It was first introduced to iPad Pro users. Nonetheless, those who use iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 are conversant with it, as well.

The job of the True Tone is to make sure that the display colour of your device matches the environment where your device is being used or, better still, the light conditions in the environment you are working in. This makes the visuals on your display natural and saves your eyes from strain.

 

If you experience any glare while using the MacBook Pro, try bumping up the screen brightness.

 

Apple does not have a Touch Bar-free 15-inch MacBook Pro option.

The display is excellent and crisp, but isn’t any different from previous models except for the True Tone technology. If you experience any glare, try bumping the screen brightness to maximum.

There is also a small adjustment in graphics: the 2018 models have the AMD Radeon Pro 560X. This is not the best GPU right now. To be clear, if Apple had gone with the best GPU, then the 2018 MacBook Pros would have been heavier and generated more heat.


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Performance

  • 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-8559U
  • 2TB SSD
  • 16GB

Both 13- and 15-inch models come with the new eight-gen Intel processors and a color-sensitive True Tone screen. The 13-inch model has quad-core i5 and i7 chips whereas the 15-inch version has six-core i7 and i9 processors.

The core i5 model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. If that isn’t good enough for you, you can pick up the 16GB RAM and 512 GB storage model.

The core i9-based 15-inch model is faster and more expensive than the core i7. For the 15-inch model, you get 32GB of RAM and an amazingly fast 2TB of storage. If you can shell out a few more dollars, you get an extra 2TB of storage.

 

The MacBook Pro’s T2 chip isn’t all about security; it takes care of the laptop’s cooling system.

 

Even when running processor-intensive tasks like editing a 4K video, the 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar does an excellent job without any noticeable CPU throttling. The 2018 Pros are not gaming laptops per say, but you can play games like Overwatch, Fortnite, and PUBG without issues.

Like the 2018 MacBook Air, both 2018 MacBook Pro models are T2 chip complaint. This means that your files are encrypted and secure. The T2 chhip ensures that your Apple Pay authorization logins via the fingerprint sensor are secure, too.

That’s not all. With the T2 chip security, you need not worry about malware. Interestingly, the T2 chip is not all about security. It takes care of the MacBook Pro’s cooling system.

The “Hey Siri” feature functions effectively as it would on most Apple-powered devices with such feature.

Just know: You might want to come close to your Mac while using the “Hey Siri” feature, this is because the microphone on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar aren’t powerful enough to detect your voice from afar. Dell XPS 13 does a better job at communicating with Siri than most Macs.

There is a button on the Touch Bar for activating the “Hey Siri”, if you prefer. The voice-activated assistant, Siri, isn’t very, very useful.


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Keyboard and Touchpad

  • Butterfly-style keys

Many users have complained about the keys trapping dust and debris overtime. As of this writing, Apple has since introduced a repair program to tackle this hitch.

The butterfly-style keys on the new models have been tweaked and are quieter, thanks to a silicon element beneath each keycap. So no more clacky sounds. The silicon element also doubles as a dust barrier.

The keys lack no depth and have little travel, however, they are a lot more clicky.  Apple, we guess, is trying to replicate that virtual-like feel you get when using the keyboard on your iPhone or iPad. Some Mac users still prefer the older keyboards.

The MacBook Pros have a super-responsive touchpad. Apple nailed the touchpad. It remains one of the best touchpads on the market.

Audio

Audio on both models is unsurprisingly outstanding. The speakers offer the same amazing sound quality as the 2018 MacBook Air.


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Battery Life

  • Up to 10 hours

The 2018 MacBook Pros’ RAM uses more power than than the previous models. To cushion this effect, Apple has added batteries strong enough to power the 2018 Pros with Touch Bar.

You could get a little above 10 hours out of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar without having to visit a wall plug.

Software and Warranty

MacOS powers both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro.

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Bottom Line

The 2018 Apple MacBook Pro, like most laptops by Apple comes with a much more enhanced speed, and battery life. We recommend this for filmmakers, designers, and anyone who would like an excellent all-round laptop irrespective of the price tag. This is for those who just want the best cutting-edge MacBook on the market.