Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (2018) Speeds Up on 6-Core 8th Generation Intel Processor with Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3
Apple Mac fans can finally get their hands on the most updated hardware and macOS with the Apple 15" MacBook Pro (2018) and 13" MacBook Pro (2018) released just recently. Both Mac's support the newer and more powerful 8th Generation Intel processor where the 15-inch version has a faster 6-core processor. Along with the latest Intel Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 chipset, the 15" MacBook Pro (2018) can take advantage of DisplayPort 1.4 but instead of a 8K display, the Mac only enables at most two 5K@60hz displays over its Thunderbolt 3 connector. This fares much better than the touch bar version of the 13" MacBook Pro (2018) which still sticks to DisplayPort 1.2 despite supporting Titan Ridge.
Like previous models, the 15" MacBook Pro (2018) keeps to four Thunderbolt 3 enabled USB Type-C connectors on the Touch Bar which support Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s), DisplayPort 1.4, and USB Power Delivery 2.0. The Mac continues to use the Radeon Pro GPU but now runs on the macOS Mojave, previously High Sierra supported by the Apple 15" MacBook Pro (2017).
We purchased the 15" MacBook Pro (2018) from a Apple Store which was heavily promoting the 2018 Mac series during that time.
Apple has been consistently staying true to its own unique style of packaging design for the Mac including the 15" MacBook Pro (2018).
The four Thunderbolt 3 enabled USB Type-C ports are located on both sides of the Mac with two adjacent connectors on each side, which can also be used to charge the Mac itself. The analog 3.5mm audio port is still kept on the right hand side of the Mac.
Here are some of the screens showing the initial setup for the Apple 15" MacBook Pro (2018). The setup process is relatively simple to follow through especially for those who are already familiar with any other Mac setup.
You will also be introduced to the Touch ID feature allowing you to register your fingerprint onto the Mac's power button just like in the iPhone.
The Apple 15" MacBook Pro (2018) also has the Apple True Tone Display capability similar to the iPad Pro's and iPhone 8 and above where you can enable on the Mac to auto adjust its display to blend with any environment.
You will be able to see the Touch Bar light up and ready for use when the Mac setup is almost complete.
Using the USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester from Granite River Labs to run just a subset of the full USB Power Delivery compliance test suite, we can see that the Apple 15" MacBook Pro (2018) supports 7.5 watts (5 volts @ 1.5 amps) and 15 watts (5 volts @ 3 amps) fixed PDO's as well as variable power supply of 21.4 to 94.5 watts range (4.75-21 volts @ 4.5 amps) and 90 watts battery power (@4.75-21 volts) for charging. Note compliance failures were mostly observed.