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Apple Claims Photoshop Runs 75% Faster On New 8-Core MacBook Pro

By Sean Lewis on May 24th 2019

With Apple’s recent announcement of the first 8-core MacBook Pro, photographers and other digital creatives everywhere (especially those who already reside in the Apple ecosystem) likely broke into a collective happy dance. Why? According to Apple, “MacBook Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever.”

Photographers, video editors, musicians, coders, and others working in the digital realm stand to benefit from the upgrade. Apple notes that “Photographers can apply complex edits and filters up to 75 percent faster in Photoshop” while video editors who use Final Cut Pro X can edit “up to 11 simultaneous multi-cam streams of 4K video.” And the list goes on with how other creatives will save time editing music, coding software, and more. With the extra time made available with the faster processor, digital creatives can spend more time creating and less time waiting for their hardware to catch up with their software, so long as the laptop delivers as promised.

Here are some of this speedy laptop’s noteworthy specs:

  • Price: $2,799
  • 2.3 GHz Intel Core i9 Eight-Core Processor
  • 15.4″ 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
  • AMD Radeon Pro 560X GPU (4GB GDDR5)
  • True Tone Technology
  • Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) | Bluetooth 5.0
  • 4 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Ports
  • Apple T-2 Security Chip
  • macOS Mojave
  • And more…

Although we haven’t tested this computer hands-on, the specs and early reports would suggest that photographers who’ve been on the fence about crossing over into Apple territory, this laptop makes a strong argument to make the transition. You can read Apple’s full release statement here.

Where do you stand on Apple products? Are you looking forward to and/or considering purchasing this notebook? We’ve published issues we’ve had with previous iterations of the MacBook Pro. Here’s hoping this one lives up to the hype and delivers above and beyond expectations.

The Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (available in Silver or Space Grey) is available now for pre-order.

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Sean fell into photography while teaching for a non-profit. What started as a minor task – documenting guest speakers and classroom activities – grew into a major obsession, and eventually led to a position shooting with Lin & Jirsa. Nowadays, at SLR Lounge, Sean’s work as a marketing associate merges his interest in the fields of photography and education.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ryan Beuke

    75% more than an already slow device :) :) :)

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  2. Robert Arnold

    After reading Pye’s critique not long ago and seeing similar reviews around the net, and not seeing any positive update, I’m quite surprised you are toting any new Apple products.  I own a 2012 Retina that still runs like a tank but Apple has radically lowered their standards and regularly cheats their customers at the “Genius bars” which is also another gimmick in the name to try to make the customer feel like they’re idiots.  Please watch some Louis Rossman content on YouTube before recommending the “new” Crapple products.

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    • Pye Jirsa

      Posting about the news, and buying it are two very different things. Haha, I most certainly won’t be upgrading. 

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  3. David J. Crewe

    I’m intrigued to see how this works in the real world…and more so how it behaves with something like lightroom exporting/importing and preview generation. 

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