Apple’s fine tuning of macOS High Sierra, the newest desktop operating system from the company, means vast improvements to the software running on iMacs and MacBooks.
But software is only part of the equation, and therefore Apple was happy to welcome new hardware on stage at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote speech. We watched as not only new iMac models were unveiled, outfitted with Intel’s Kaby Lake processors, but also brand new MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro variants equipped with the new processors under the hood.
As a result, as noted by MacRumors, the new MacBook Pro models (early-2017) appear to be faster than last year’s model by a noteworthy margin. The report indicates that early benchmarks of the hardware indicate that the early-2017 MacBook Pro (with a 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 processor) has an average single-core score of 4,632, while the multi-core score reveals an impressive 15,474.
To compare that, last year’s 15-inch MacBook Pro with the equivalent processor (an Intel Core i7 clocked at 2.7GHz) scored a single-core score of 4,098 and the multi-core score was 13,155.
Based on the results, that shows us the single-core score reveals a performance boost of about 13 percent, while the multi-core score shows faster speeds up to 19.7%. That speed improvement under the hood isn’t tagged with a higher price tag based on last year’s model, either, with this year’s 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starting at $2,799, just like last year’s model.
Here’s a handy graph, which shows results for the base model 15-inch MacBook Pro as well (which starts at $2,399), but there has only been one benchmark of that particular hardware so there isn’t an average to build upon just yet. The high-end build-to-order early-2017 MacBook Pro has not been scored yet, either.
Performance boosts are not surprising in the slightest when it comes to these types of upgrades, but it’s still good to see that if you spend some money on a new Apple-branded laptop, the performance is not lagging behind.