Apple MacBook Pro 2018 13 128GB Touch Bar Laptops

4 / 5
$1394 - $2047

Manufacturer:                                                  Apple
Model:                                                              Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch 2018 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
Platform:                                                          Mac
OS Version:                                                     macOS High Sierra
Ram:                                                                 8GB
Storage:                                                           128GB
Graphics:                                                         Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
Screen Size:                                                    13.3 inch
Display Resolution:                                         2560 x 1600
Camera:                                                            720p FaceTime HD camera
Wireless:                                                          Wi-Fi
                                                                          802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
                                                                          Bluetooth
                                                                          Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
Battery:                                                            Built-in 58.0-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
Availability:                                                      In Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin, Gold Coast and more )

Product Description

Now Apple has updated MacBook Pro with a new Quad-Core Processor and a True Tone Display for 2018. But be noted, it’s the most expensive model with Touch Bar. The Apple MacBook Pro 2018 in Australia doesn’t come with lots of changes and the display is now being supported by True Tone Technology which is already familiar from the Mobile Devices iPhone or iPad respectively. 

Key Specifications

  • Retina Display: 13.3-inches LED-Backlit Display with IPS Technology
  • Display Resolution: 1680 x 1050 Pixels, 1440 x 900 Pixels, 1024 x 640 Pixels
  • True Tone Technology
  • Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost Up to 3.8GHz with 128MB of eDRAM
  • Storage: 128GB SSD (Configurable to 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSD)
  • RAM: 8GB of RAM (LPDDR3 Onboard Memory) (Configurable Up to 16GB)
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  • Keyboard and Trackpad: 64 or 65 ISO Keys including 4 Arrow Keys (Touch Bar with Touch ID sensor)
  • Bluetooth 53.0 Wireless Technology
  • Camera: 720p FaceTime HD Camera
  • Battery: Built-in 58.0-watt-hour-lithium-polymer battery

Quick Overview

The Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar comes with an identical design to its predecessor which more or less good and bad. However, an Aluminum design feels solid and Touch ID button making it a cinch too long in with a Touch of your fingers. On the other hand, with no distortion at top volume, mounted speakers still sound rich and powerful.

If you’re in a search of full-size USB port or a microSD card slot, Apple MacBook Pro isn’t a laptop for you as Apple continues to offer users four Thunderbolt 3 ports on the 13-inches MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Hence users can connect up to 2 4K monitors simultaneously. The manufacturer says MacBook Pro is backed by 300 Thunderbolt 3 accessories now.

The most dazzling and controversial aspect of Apple MacBook Pro is its keyboard. It’s not only quieter but also a less susceptible to debris and stuck keys. You’ll also find a layout a bit more comfortable as compared to your older MacBook Pro.

Measuring 13-inches 2560 x 1600 Pixels which doesn’t look any different but with True Tone Technology, the display is easier on the eyes. It’s because of the system leverages a dedicated sensor to dynamically change the white print on the display in order to match colour temperature in the room.  

The Touch Bar right above the keyboard also gets the True Tone treatment to match the main display. The maximum resolution of Touch Bar is 2170 x 60 pixels. It’s quite handy for scrubbing via images with your fingers in the photo app, using music controls in the Spotify app and picking your favorite site to launch in Safari just by touching its icon.

Battery-wise, Apple MacBook Pro lasts 8 hours and 43 minutes with on-screen time which is a little bit above 8:21 average bit behind Huawei MateBook X Pro’s 9:55. The Dell Core i5 XPS 13 lass 12 hours and 37 minutes with 1080p Screen and the Surface Book 2 lasts 9 hours and 10 minutes. A predecessor “MacBook Pro with a Core i5 CPU yielded 8 hours and 40 minutes on a similar battery.

Pros

  • Attractive and well-built
  • Thinner and lighter
  • The retina screen is brighter and more colourful
  • Impressive audio quality
  • Fast performance, especially the disk speeds
  • Touch ID is a useful addition
  • Roomy Trackpad

Cons

  • Expensive with Touch Bar
  • Easy to accidentally hit Touch Bar instead of the Delete Key
  • No memory card slot
  • The only ports are USB-C ports
  • Rated battery life is shorter
  • No more MagSafe

Price and Availability

Apple MacBook Pro 2018 128GB Touch Bar Price in Australia starts from AU$1825-1850, offering Quad-Core 8th Generation Core i5 Processor whereas 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage variant goes for AU$2800-2899. The other variant with configuration includes a Core i7 Processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD which sets users back around AU$3500-3550.

Note: Jumping from a Core i5 to Core i7 CPU costs $425 and its AU$325 each for doubling RAM from 8GB and SSD storage from 128GB when setting up your own system.