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Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Series

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i7

The Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 is an ultra-thin and ultra-powerful professional-grade notebook. It features some improvements to an already capable laptop, which makes it an even more ideal device for heavy-usage power users, particularly business and professional users. As with 2017’s MacBook Pro, there is no change to the Retina display resolution. The 13.3-inch panel continues to pack 2560 x 1600 pixels. The display does have one new feature, though: True Tone, previously only available on the iPhone X and most iPad Pros, this feature is akin to an enhanced version of the Night Shift setting. Whereas the latter warms the color temperature from late at night through to early morning, True Tone works all day long and goes further; rather than shifting the temperature to a fixed setting, it uses a sensor to read ambient lighting and adjusts the colors on the screen accordingly. As for hardware specifications, there is the Core i7 quad-core model, clocked at 2.7 GHz standard and 4.5 GHz in Turbo Boost, and specced out with 16 gigabytes of RAM, as well as a 512-gigabyte solid state drive. The machine is significantly faster than its predecessors and competition. It should theoretically handle tasks that rely on multiple cores in the CPU faster. That means rendering files in Premiere or Final Cut Pro or processing files in Blender. MacOS High Sierra truly zips with the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and everything feels like a breeze, even with integrated Intel graphics.

With all that extra performance from the quad-core processor, the MacBook Pro needs more power to keep the 10-hour use prediction. Apple has increased the battery size from 49.2 watt-hours to 58, it is now roughly 18 percent larger. In regular, non-CPU intensive work, such as general office work, users will routinely exceed Apple's 10-hour guidance by many hours. The keyboard is quieter than its predecessors. This is because there is a silicone membrane between the key caps and the butterfly mechanisms beneath. Anecdotally, typing fast sounds less click-clacky. Whether hammering away at a lengthy document or a quick email, it is a lot less distracting. Using the Touch-ID fingerprint reader to quickly resume work is a bonus if a user is tired of typing the login password. The Touch Bar remains contentious for many people. Though users can switch it to show function keys or the media, volume and brightness controls, the problem one might run into is more how easy it is, without the tactile response of a key edge, to overreach the actual keys and brush the virtual ones by accident. The bar’s value to workflow depends on whether apps make good use of it. In Apple’s Pages word processor, users can quickly apply visual changes to selected text without lifting hands off the keyboard to move the pointer. Despite having the same ports and an identical exterior, the 13-inch MacBook Pro has a major and welcome improvement: All four Thunderbolt 3 inputs are now full-speed ports. This is an upgrade from the last two 13-inch models. And USB-C is here to stay, because it can be used for all kinds of peripherals, from external GPUs to keyboards and mice.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Processor: Intel Core i5 8259U, Intel Core i7 8559U
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
Display: 13.3 inch
Weight: 1.37kg
Price: 1999 euro
Average Score: 82.95% - good
Average of 28 scores (from 37 reviews)
price: 50%, performance: 85%, features: 72%, display: 91%
mobility: 81%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 93%, emissions: 89%

 

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5

Specifications

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5Notebook: Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Processor: Intel Core i5 8259U
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixels
Weight: 1.37kg
Price: 1999 euro
Links: Apple homepage

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Average Score: 82.45% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 19 reviews)

 

90.6% Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 (Touch Bar, i5) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
Apple updates the MacBook Pro 13 with a new quad-core processor and a True Tone display for 2018, but only the more expensive model with the Touch Bar. We have a closer look at the performance of the new MacBook Pro in the following review. What can you expect for the price of 1,999 Euros (i5)?
100% Apple MacBook Pro 13in (2018) review: Perfection, redefined
Source: It Pro English
The 2018 update to the 13in MacBook Pro isn’t just the best MacBook Pro ever, it’s the best laptop ever, too. It’s pricey, but if you can afford it then you won’t regret it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/18/2019
Rating: Total score: 100%
MacBook Pro (2018) review: a true pro-level device, with a few flaws
Source: Sydney Morning Herald English
The question “what Mac laptop should I buy?” was once easily answered with “if you need the power, get the Pro, if you don't, the Air”. Today it is easy to recommend the latest MacBook Pro if you need the most powerful, portable Apple laptop available and you have a lot of money to spend, but I’d struggle to recommend an entry-level Mac portable right now.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 07/30/2018
86% MacBook Pro review (2018): Apple plays catch-up
Source: Engadget English
The 2018 MacBook Pro is precisely the upgrade Mac fans have been waiting for. It’s faster, and fixes one of the most common keyboard issues from the last generation, that error-prone keyboard. But the upgrades come a little too late, and Apple is basically just trying to keep up with more innovative and powerful PC laptops.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 86%
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2018, Touch Bar)
Source: PC Mag English
A pricey but superior tool for creative pros, 2018's Touch Bar version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro brings four-core moxie to Apple's handsome ultraportable, with options for cavernous local storage.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/21/2018
Apple MacBook Pro Vom Thron gestoßen
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/11/2018
90% Apple MacBook Pro
Source: MobiFlip German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/29/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Recensione: MacBook Pro 13” Touch Bar (2018), un deludente passo avanti
Source: Saggiamente Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Recensione Apple MacBook Pro 13 TouchBar 2018: gli amori difficili
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; impressive touch bar; compact size; light weight.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/02/2018
40% Apple MacBook Pro 2018 13,3" met Touch Bar, 2,3 GHz, 512GB (Qwerty) Spacegrijs
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/16/2019
Rating: Total score: 40%
100% Apple MacBook Pro 2018 13,3" met Touch Bar, 2,3 GHz, 256GB (Qwerty) Spacegrijs Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/06/2018
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Touch Bar 2018 – Eindelijk een quadcore
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Обзор ноутбука Apple MacBook Pro 13” (Mid 2018)
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Compact size; light weight; high mobility; decent hardware; nice ergonomy.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/08/2018
MacBook Pro 13 teszt – milyen macet vegyek?
Source: Laptopkalauz HU→EN
Positive: Metal case; solid workmanship; premium design; high performance; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/12/2018
Đánh giá Macbook Pro 2018: Có phải là bản nâng cấp đáng giá?
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Slim size; light weight; powerful hardware; stylish design. Negative: Relatively high price.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2018
80% Test MacBook Pro 13 med Touch Bar (2018)
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/28/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
83% Test: MacBook Pro 13’’ 2018
Source: Lyd og Billede DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/27/2018
Rating: Total score: 83%
80% Apple MacBook Pro 13″ (2018)
Source: Input DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 50% performance: 90% workmanship: 80%
Test: MacBook Pro 13’’ 2018
Source: Ljud och Bild SV→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; flexible fingerprint reader; nice display; compact size.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/27/2018
88% مراجعة للحاسب MacBook Pro 2018 نسخة 13 بوصة
Source: Unlimited Tech →EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 88%

 

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i7

Specifications

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i7Notebook: Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i7
Processor: Intel Core i7 8559U
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixels
Weight: 1.37kg
Links: Apple homepage

Pricecompare

Average Score: 82.81% - good
Average of 16 scores (from 18 reviews)

 

70% Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2018) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The 2018 MacBook Pro 13-inch is super fast and the keyboard is improved, but the battery life could be better.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
100% Apple MacBook Pro 13in (2018) review: Perfection, redefined
Source: It Pro English
The 2018 update to the 13in MacBook Pro isn’t just the best MacBook Pro ever, it’s the best laptop ever, too. It’s pricey, but if you can afford it then you won’t regret it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% MacBook Pro 13in (2018) review
Source: PC Advisor English
The 13in MacBook Pro in 2018 is, thankfully, the best 13in MacBook Pro ever with performance that can compete with its 15in bigger brother. It’s blazing fast, has outstanding build quality and an excellent display. The keyboard is much improved if a tad cramped and the battery life is much better than the lower-end 12in MacBook.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/05/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Apple MacBook Pro 13in (2018) review: Perfection, redefined
Source: It Pro English
The 2018 update to the 13in MacBook Pro isn’t just the best MacBook Pro ever, it’s the best laptop ever, too. It’s pricey, but if you can afford it then you won’t regret it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 100%
70% Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2018) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The 2018 MacBook Pro 13-inch is super fast and the keyboard is improved, but the battery life could be better.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Apple MacBook Pro 13in 2018 Review: An Apple for the richer
Source: Toptenreviews English
Performance is impressive, but it's not the most flexible laptop and any upgrades to the specification send the price into the stratosphere.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review (13-inch): A pricey powerhouse
Source: Pocket Lint English
The MacBook Pro is a great performance laptop, but it comes at a price that can get ridiculous with various tick-box upgrades. Still, it's a workhorse that delivers on its pro-name promise with style.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Touch Bar (2018) review
Source: Stuff TV English
A strong update to Apple’s 13-inch flagship notebook, not least if you look beyond the surface. Still, these changes are all good stuff. Sure, it’d be great to see Face ID on the MacBook Pro, but that won’t happen until a major overhaul. In the meantime, we get plenty of extra power, an improved display, a quieter keyboard, and a battery that gets the machine through an entire day of normal use – assuming ‘normal’ to you isn’t running games and hugely demanding software non-stop.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Pro 13in 2018 review
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
We are pleased that Apple has finally started to offer what can be considered a professional machine in the 13in form. There is no longer such a world of difference between the 13in and 15in MacBook Pro, apart from graphics power with the integrated Intel GPU in the 13in model holding it back.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/10/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Pro 13in (2018) review
Source: PC Advisor English
The 13in MacBook Pro in 2018 is, thankfully, the best 13in MacBook Pro ever with performance that can compete with its 15in bigger brother. It’s blazing fast, has outstanding build quality and an excellent display. The keyboard is much improved if a tad cramped and the battery life is much better than the lower-end 12in MacBook.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/08/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Apple MacBook Pro 13in (2018) review: Perfection, redefined
Source: It Pro English
The 2018 update to the 13in MacBook Pro isn’t just the best MacBook Pro ever, it’s the best laptop ever, too. It’s pricey, but if you can afford it then you won’t regret it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/08/2018
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018) review: Quad-core CPU and all-day battery life
Source: Zdnet.com English
The price may not have changed since last year, but the 2018 version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro does deliver stronger performance and good battery life, which help to justify its premium price tag. Its slim, lightweight design will also appeal to business users who need a travelling laptop that can provide desktop levels of performance. However, the lack of a discrete GPU remains a weakness in a 'pro' laptop, and suggests that Apple still has some lost ground to make up with its loyal professional users.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Pro 13in 2018 review
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
We are pleased that Apple has finally started to offer what can be considered a professional machine in the 13in form. There is no longer such a world of difference between the 13in and 15in MacBook Pro, apart from graphics power with the integrated Intel GPU in the 13in model holding it back.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/27/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2018) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The 2018 MacBook Pro 13-inch is super fast and the keyboard is improved, but the battery life could be better.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
Coffee Lake mit teurem Nachgeschmack
Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/20/2018
Die 2018er MacBook Pro mit Coffee-Lake-Prozessoren
Source: c't - 19/18 German
Single Review, , Long, Date: 09/01/2018
90% Profis fragten - hier kommt Apples Antwort
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90% features: 80% display: 90% ergonomy: 90%
85% MacBook Pro 13″ 2018
Source: Hipertextual Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/29/2018
Rating: Total score: 85%

 

Comment

Apple: Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system but nowadays Macbooks are also able to run Windows. Apple has at least sporadically been considered the most valuable company in the world since 2011 and has consistently ranked among the Top 10 companies in the world.

In the laptop sector, Apple's market share was 9.3% in 2014 and 10.3% in 2016. The latter corresponds to the 5th place. In the smartphone segment, Apple achieved 15.3% in the first quarter of 2016, which means a market share loss when compared to the 18.3% in same quarter of the previous year.
Nevertheless, Apple ranked second place behind Samsung in both years.

There are tons of reviews on Apple laptops, smartphones and tablets. The ratings are significantly above-average (as of 2016).


Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655: Integrated graphics card (GT3e), which is used for some Coffee Lake-U CPUs (28 Watts).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i5:

8259U: Coffee Lake based SoC (System on a Chip) for medium-sized notebooks. Integrates four CPU cores clocked at 2.3-3.8 GHz as well as an Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU clocked at 300 - 1050 MHz with 128 MB eDRAM. Manufactured in a 14nm process. The TDP of 28 Watts is much higher than the regular ULV quad-cores at 15W.Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

8559U: Coffee Lake based SoC (System on a Chip) for medium-sized notebooks. Integrates four CPU cores clocked at 2.7-4.5 GHz as well as an Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU clocked at 300 - 1200 MHz with 128 MB eDRAM. Manufactured in a 14nm process. The TDP of 28 Watts is much higher than the regular ULV quad-cores at 15W.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.37 kg:

This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.

1.37 kg:


82.95%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
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Stefan Hinum, 2018-08-26 (Update: 2018-08-26)