In the first week of June, Apple refreshed its Macbook Pro line with Intel’s latest 7th generation Kaby Lake Processors.
The major refresh happened in the 2016, when Apple changed the design for MacBook Pro. They were made thinner and lighter and came along with the touch bar. Though, Apple did not launch the laptops with the latest processors at that time, and instead used 6th Gen Intel Skylake processors.
The new laptops released couple of days back are now powered by the Intel Kaby Lake processors. They have shown significant improvement over their predecessors. According to the various reports and the testing results the new laptops are said to be around 20% faster than the 2016 models. The laptops show a decent improvement in the battery backup as well.
AppleInsider made a comparison between the performance of the previous and the current model. They tested the 2016 13 inch Macbook Pro with Skylake Intel Core i5 processor (2 gigahertz) with Intel Iris 540 Graphics and 8 gigs of RAM (1866 MHz).
Compared it to the new 2017 Macbook Pro with Kaby Lake i5 processor (2.3 GHz) with 8 GB of RAM running at 2133 MHz and Iris Plus 640 graphics.
While the 2016 model of the 13-inch Macbook Pro gave a single core score of 3691 and a multi core score of 7148 on the latest version of Geekbench 4, the Kaby Lake powered 2017 models scored 4463 in the single core and 9322 in the multi-core segment.
|Model Name||Processor||Geekbench 4 Single-Core Score||Geekbench 4 Multi-Core Score|
|Macbook Pro 13 2016 Model||Intel 6th gen Skylake core i5 2.0GHz||3691||7148|
|Macbook Pro 13 2017 Model||Intel 7th gen Kabylake core i5 2.3GHz||4493||9322|
Similarly, the Macbook Pro 15 model has also shown a decent performance upgrade over the 2016 model. After calculating, we can find that there is a 22% improvement in the single core performance and 30% improvements in the multi-core performance. The reason of the improvement is the increase in RAM speed and the processor architecture update as well.
Fastest Core i7 MacBook Pro has scored 4632 in the single core, and a score of 15,747 in the multi-core test which is a significant improvement from the scores of Skylake 2.7 GHz Core i7 powered Macbook Pro 2016.
The Macbook Pro 15 (2016) model gave the scores of 4098 and 13155 respectively on the single and the multi-core test.
This also translates to around 20% improvement in the CPU performance which is on the lines of the claims made by Apple in WWDC 2017
I tested my own 2015 MacBook Pro and it scored 3820 on the Single Core and 7233 on the multi-core performance test. In fact that is higher when compared to the 2016 model.
Just for fun we tested our PC as well running an Intel Core i7 6700K and 16 GB 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM, it scores 5211 on single core performance and an incredible 17,481 on multi-core test.
Apple only made some internal changes to the Macbook Pro, which was kind of obvious since it has not been a year since they completely redesigned the Macbook Pro. The next significant change will be there by 2018 or 2019.
So the new processor and performance boost gives you another reason to upgrade to a MacBook Pro 2017. If you love performance and portability, you will like the MacBook Pro. Beware, though Windows users sometimes find it difficult to adapt to the Mac OSX.