With little ado, Apple has updated its MacBook Pro line with new models for 2019 in both 13in and 15in sizes. Offering 8th- and 9th-gen Intel processor chips and up to 8 cores for the first time, the new laptops are a formidable proposition - Apple calls this update "an incredible performance boost".

In this article we round up all the details of the new MacBook Pros. We've got their release date (which is now! You can order them now!), their tech specs and their prices in the UK and US. We won't worry too much about design and features, because in both respects these new laptops are the same as the previous generation - maybe that's why Apple didn't make much fuss about them.

If you'd like to know more about the last generation, read our 13in MacBook Pro (2018) review and 15in MacBook Pro (2018) review. We also have advice about which Mac laptop to buy right now. And find out how the 2019 13in and 15in MacBook Pros compare here.

Release date: When do the new MacBook Pros go on sale?

  • New MacBook Pro release date: 21 May 2019

Given that Apple announced new MacBook Pros at WWDC in June 2017 and then updated them in July 2018, we expected another summer launch at WWDC 2019. But Apple has got the new Pros out a little ahead of that timeframe, announcing the new models on 21 May 2019.

You can order the new MacBook Pro right away direct from Apple. At time of writing (21 May) the UK store is showing a delivery date of 23 May for all the new models, but check the store to see if it's the same for you.

There are rumours about a new 16in MacBook Pro that might launch later in 2019 or in 2020, read more here: 16in MacBook Pro.

Price and availability: How much do the new MacBooks cost?

The 13in MacBook Pro for 2019 starts at £1,749/$1,799, while the 15in model starts at £2,349/$2,399. Those are the same prices as the previous generation. Here's the full set of starting configurations, but bear in mind that further build-to-order options are available on top.

  • MacBook Pro (13in, 2019) with 2.4GHz quad-core 8th-gen i5, 256GB SSD: £1,749/$1,799
  • MacBook Pro (13in, 2019) with 2.4GHz quad-core 8th-gen i5, 512GB SSD: £1,949/$1,999
  • MacBook Pro (15in, 2019) with 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-gen i7, 256GB SSD: £2,349/$2,399
  • MacBook Pro (15in, 2019) with 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-gen i7, 512GB SSD: £2,699/$2,799

Note too that Apple is still selling some older models in the 13in size - a non-Touch Bar 13in Pro with 7th-gen chips and a 128GB SSD can be had for £1,249/$1,299, for instance.

These are the prices if you order direct from Apple. You might be able to get a discount if you check out our roundup of the best MacBook Pro deals.

New MacBook Pro 2019 release date, price & specs: Design

Design

We though Apple might be planning to launch a bigger MacBook Pro in a 16in screen size, but there's no sign of it yet. Apple's pro laptops for 2019 have the same design as the previous generation.

Tech specs: What's different about the new MacBook Pros?

The main differences between the 2019 and 2018 MacBook Pros lie in the processors, which now extend to Intel's 8th and 9th generation of chips and offer up to 8 cores for the first time. The 2018 MacBook Pro models had the 7th-gen chips and were capped at 6 cores.

The 9th-gen chips, which are only available with the 15in Pro, are based on the 'Coffee Lake Refresh' architecture, and fabricated on a 14nm process. They're targeted fairly squarely at professional content creators and gamers. More information on the 9th-gen processors here.

Here are the tech specs of the new MacBook Pro models, divided into the 13in and 15in lines.

MacBook Pro 13in tech specs

  • 2.4GHz quad-core 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor (configurable up to 2.8GHz quad-core 8th-gen i7)
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  • 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory (configurable up to 16GB)
  • 256GB SSD (configurable up to 2TB SSD)
  • 13.3in (2560x1600 at 227ppi) Retina display with True Tone
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

MacBook Pro 15in tech specs

  • 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor (configurable up to 2.4GHz 8-core 9th-gen i9)
  • Radeon Pro 555X with 4GB memory (configurable up to Radeon Pro 560X)
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory (configurable up to 32GB)
  • 256GB SSD (configurable up to 4TB)
  • 15.4in (2880x1800 at 220ppi) Retina display with True Tone
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

New MacBook Pro 2019 release date, price & specs: Tech specs