New MacBook Pro May Be Perfect for Small Businesses Seeking Speed and High Functionality

What's New in the 2018 MacBook Pro and Why Do You Need It?

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) just announced the availability of the new 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro line of laptops. And if you are in the market for a powerful laptop for your small business, make sure you at least take a look at them (even if you are not a Mac person).

The specs and the price will definitely get your attention, so it is fair to say this is not for everyone. But for those who demand this level of high-end hardware, the price may well be worth the efficiency it is designed to deliver.

After all, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Philip Schiller, said in the press release, “The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made.”

The Specs of the 2018 MacBook Pro

15-Inch MacBook Pro

  • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory
  • Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory
  • Up to 4TB of SSD storage
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Starts at $2,399 and can all the way up to $6,699 for the 4TB SSD version ($3,200 of it is for the storage).

13-Inch MacBook Pro

  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM
  • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM
  • Up to 2TB of SSD storage
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Starts at $1,799

New Features

The new Intel processors will give you more speed, which according to Apple can be up to 70% faster on the 15″ and up to twice as fast on the 13″ compared to the previous generation.

And when you are ready to type, the third generation keyboard is supposed to be quieter, and Apple is really highlighting this development. This is because the company is currently facing lawsuits regarding the “butterfly switch” keyboards on MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

True Tone technology uses light sensors to adjust the color temperature on the display automatically to match the environment in which you are using the laptops. It adjusts the white balance and makes the color range warmer or cooler.

What's New in the 2018 MacBook Pro and Why Do You Need It?

A Small Business and the New MacBook Pro

So can your small business justify a starting price of $1,799 and $2,399 for a laptop? If you are in an industry Apple is marketing these laptops to the answer is yes.

If you are a creative who needs to hook up two 5K monitors to your laptop to edit videos, a scientist who needs to run complex simulations and manipulate data, or you happen to be a developer who needs to spin up multiple virtual machines and test environments, it will be worth the price.

What's New in the 2018 MacBook Pro and Why Do You Need It?

Having this type of capability on your laptop means you can work from anywhere without sacrificing performance, and for select small business owners that alone is worth the price.

The new 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro are now available.

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Michael Guta Michael Guta is the Assistant Editor at Small Business Trends and currently manages its East African editorial team. Michael brings with him many years of content experience in the digital ecosystem covering a wide range of industries. He holds a B.S. in Information Communication Technology, with an emphasis in Technology Management.

5 Reactions
  1. It has always been the prime choice for business owners. It is the best in terms of speed.

  2. Michael: As an Apple fan boy, I like your review of these new products. The price tags are a bit steep for me at the moment! 😉

  3. Hi Martin,
    Thank you very much.
    The price is steep, but the specs are great.

  4. The apple fans are probably on the lookout for this. They are not opnly tech geeks but business owners as well.

  5. It is now 2018 and the mac has really evolved. I wonder how this is different from the previous ones.