The new Apple MacBook Pro was launched earlier this month, and comes with big upgrades in the performance department. The key difference is the availability of an option to have the all-new, all-powerful Intel Core i9 processor on the top-end variant, which makes the new laptop one of the most powerful portable computers around.
However, the new machine faced early criticism from users, particularly in the department of performance, where it was found that heat issues were causing performance throttling that didn’t allow the laptop to achieve its full performance potential. Apple has quickly investigated the problem, and is now issuing a software-based fix for the issue.
CNET, which has a new MacBook Pro review unit, has reported that the issue seems to be fixed following the software update, although further tests are still being carried out. If the problem has indeed been fixed, it turns out that the issue was a relatively minor one, unlike some of the more critical hardware-based issues that have affected MacBooks.
“Following extensive performance testing under numerous workloads, we’ve identified that there is a missing digital key in the firmware that impacts the thermal management system and could drive clock speeds down under heavy thermal loads on the new MacBook Pro,” an Apple spokesperson said. “A bug fix is included in today’s MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update and is recommended. We apologize to any customer who has experienced less than optimal performance on their new systems.”
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The new MacBook Pro range comes in various configurations, and the 2018 line-up also includes the Touch Bar as standard. All options come with 8th-generation Intel Core processors, and RAM ranging from 8GB to 32GB. Storage options vary from 256GB to 4TB, using SSD storage in all variants.