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Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (2018) Speeds Up on 6-Core 8th Generation Intel Processor with Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3

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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 Apple 15" MacBook Pro (2018) comes with a Apple 87W USB-C Power Adapter which uses USB Power Delivery 2.0 for charging as well a USB Type-C to Type-C cable to connect between the ac adapter and Mac. Click here to see how well the 87W adapter delivers USB Power Delivery fast charging to the Mac through the Thunderbolt 3 port while connected using the supplied Apple USB-C Charge Cable (2m).

The connector alignment on the Apple 15" MacBook Pro (2018) is similar to other Mac's with four USB Type-C ports such as the touch bar version of the 13" MacBook Pro (2018)Apple 15" MacBook Pro (2017) and Touch Bar version of the Apple 13" MacBook Pro (Late 2016).

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.

Except for the hardware upgrade, the Apple 15" MacBook Pro (2018) basically still retains most of the look and feel from the earlier version. A similar thing can also be seen between the touch bar version of the 13" MacBook Pro (2018) and its 2017 predecessor from this review.

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 programmable power from 21.4 watts to 94.5 watts (4.75-21 volts @ 4.5 amps) and 90 watts battery power (@4.75-21 volts) for charging. Note compliance failures were mostly observed.

GRL

DUT Information

Manufacturer

Apple

Model Number

MacBook Pro 15 2018

Serial Number

Comm

Test Information

Date and Time:

20180817_012107

Controller and Instrument Information

Parameter

Value

GRL USB-PD_C2 Serial No.

117.181.117.091.159.

GRL USB-PD Software Version

1.3.6.2

GRL USB-PD Firmware Version

1.3.6.0.5

GRL USB-PD Eload Firmware Version

9.4/9.4

Board Calibration

Calibration Success.

App Mode

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS

Tx Mask

true

Rx Mask

false

RX mask Power selection

Neutral Power

Device Type

DRP

Cable IR drop Imp(R)

0

Cable Type.

GRL-Spl-Cable

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS CTS Version

1.09

Noise Pattern Generation:

Two-Tone Noise

VIF info

*Since VIF was not loaded below test results are information Only.

Test cases Execution Time:

0h:15m:2s

Product Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

SOP_CAPABLE

YES

SOP_P_CAPABLE

NO

SOP_PP_CAPABLE

NO

SOP_P_DEBUG_CAPABLE

YES

SOP_PP_DEBUG_CAPABLE

NO

DR_SWAP_TO_DFP_SUPPORTED

YES

DR_SWAP_TO_UFP_SUPPORTED

YES

UNCONSTRAINED_POWER

YES

USB_VID

0x5AC

PID

0x1680

BCDDEVICE

0x658

XID

0x0

DATA_CAPABLE_AS_USB_HOST

YES

DATA_CAPABLE_AS_USB_DEVICE

YES

VBUS_THROUGH_CABLE

YES

CABLE_SOP_PP_CONTROLLER

NO

ACCEPTS_PR_SWAP_AS_SNK

YES

SVID1SOP

FF01

SVID1Modes Min

1

SVID1Modes Max

1

SVID1Modes Fixed

NONE

SVID1Mode1 Enter Mode

NO

SVID2SOP

5AC

SVID2Modes Min

1

SVID2Modes Max

1

SVID2Modes Fixed

NONE

SVID2Mode1 Enter Mode

YES

Power Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

PD_POWER_AS_SOURCE

 

USB_SUSPEND_MAY_BE_CLEARED

NO

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Peak Current #1

0x0(A)

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

Max Current #1

0x96(1.5A)

PD_POWER_AS_SINK

 

NO_USB_SUSPEND_MAY_BE_SET

NO

GIVEBACK_MAY_BE_SET

NO

HIGHER_CAPABILITY_SET

NO

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0x12C(3A)

Supply Type #2

Variable

Min Voltage #2

0x5F(4.75V)

Max Voltage #2

0x1A4(21V)

Op Current #2

0x1C2(4.5A)

Supply Type #3

Battery

Min Voltage #3

0x5F(4.75V)

Max Voltage #3

0x1A4(21V)

Op Power #3

0x168(90W)

USB-IF High Level Mapping Summary

Sl No

Test Category

Test Group Description

Test Result

1

PHY_PRIMARY_TX

BMC Physical Layer Transmitter

PASS

2

PHY_PRIMARY_RX

BMC Physical Layer Receiver

FAIL

3

PHY_PRIMARY_MISC

BMC Phyiscal Layer Miscellaneous

PASS

5

POWER_PRIMARY

 Power Source/Sink Primary

FAIL

Result Summary

Sl No

Test ID

Test Name

Test Result

1

TDA.2.1.1.1

TDA.2.1.1.1 BMC PHY TX EYE

PASS

2

TDA.2.1.1.2

TDA.2.1.1.2 BMC PHY TX BIT

PASS

3

TDA.2.1.2.2

TDA.2.1.2.2 BMC PHY RX INT REJ

PASS

4

TDA.2.1.2.1

TDA.2.1.2.1 BMC PHY RX BUSIDL

FAIL

5

TDA.2.1.3.1

TDA.2.1.3.1 BMC PHY TERM

PASS

7

TDA.2.2.1

TDA.2.2.1 BMC PROT SEQ GETCAPS

FAIL

9

TDA.2.2.4

TDA.2.2.4 BMC PROT SEQ VCSWAP DFP

FAIL

10

TDA.2.2.5

TDA.2.2.5 BMC PROT DISCOV

PASS

11

TDA.2.2.6

TDA.2.2.6 BMC PROT SEQ PRSWAP

FAIL

12

TDA.2.2.7

TDA.2.2.7 BMC PROT BIST NOT 5V SRC

PASS

13

TDA.2.2.8

TDA.2.2.8 BMC PROT REV NUM

FAIL

15

TDA.2.2.10

TDA.2.2.10 BMC PROT IGN PPS

PASS

17

TDA.2.3.1.2

TDA.2.3.1.2 POW SRC LOAD CP ACC

FAIL

18

TDA.2.3.2.1

TDA.2.3.2.1 POW SRC TRANS P PC

FAIL

20

TDA.2.3.3.2

TDA.2.3.3.2 POW SNK TRANS PC

FAIL

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