Apple to Release 8-Core Macbook, Photoshop to Run 75% Faster

Apple to Release 8-Core Macbook, Photoshop to Run 75% Faster

A new announcement from Apple has seen the company reveal plans to bring out its first 8-core MacBook Pro. Set to be the fastest notebook ever made, the new tech will be able to handle running Photoshop at much quicker speeds.

Apple said:

Apple updated MacBook Pro with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. MacBook Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever.

Advancing from 4 to 8 cores means the machines are due to be twice as fast. Any restrictions will vary and depend on which apps and programs a user runs.

Making specific reference to Photoshop CC, Apple has explicitly said the new 8-core MacBook Pro is to allow photographers to work on complex edits and filters up to 75% faster than currently. There will also be a 50% performance increase when doing raw image imports in Lightroom Classic CC with Smart Previews.

Other features include a Retina display with 500 nits of brightness, up to 32 GB of RAM, support for the P3 wide color gamut and True Tone technology, stereo speakers, Touch ID, a Touch Bar, a large Force Touch trackpad, fast SSD storage, the Apple T2 Security Chip, all-day battery life, Thunderbolt 3 ports (for data, charging, and displays), and macOS Mojave.

The new 8-core 15-inch MacBook Pros are available now. The starting price is $2,799 in Silver and Space Gray.

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Benoit Pigeon's picture

Apple will never but needs to drop their price. I'm no longer taking overpriced computers on field. After 20 years, the next portable will not be a Mac for me.

charlie sanders's picture

I can definitely use this”IF” the batteries and pull the added strain. No good if the battery can’t run more than a couple of hours like an Alienware laptop I had. I’m not a Apple fan but, it is dependable and faster than anything portable to date.

Przemek Lodej's picture

No thanks. Overpriced.

Andrew Eaton's picture

Ha that's if you can get Photoshop to use all 8 cores... and if you are a photographer who prints the "P3" colour space does not cover all the gamut of most decent printers... P3 is a video thing... the 86wh battery wont go very far either :-) I'm guessing there will be the thermal compromise again, it will spin upto 5ghz, overheat and then be a sack of s**t

Carl Murray's picture

yeah thats what my stupid i9 does. Thermal throttles almost immediately when I fire up any program, it's out of control.

Alan Brown's picture

From Adobe themselves -

"Photoshop generally runs faster with more processor cores, although some features take greater advantage of the additional cores than others. However, you’ll get diminishing returns with multiple processor cores: The more cores you use, the less you get from each additional core. Therefore, Photoshop doesn’t run four times as fast on a computer with 16 processor cores as on a computer with four cores.

For most users, the increase in performance that more than six cores provides doesn’t justify the increased cost."

Jim Tincher's picture

That's generally been an accurate statement but I think that is changing. Not meaning that Adobe is optimizing Photoshop for more cores but that chip technology is continuing to advance.

Spy Black's picture

As I understand it, Photoshop can only use 6 cores, Lightroom 4, and Premiere an AE are either 4 or 6 IIRC. So you're gonna have idle cores with this machine. Is it worth it?

Deleted Account's picture

Never laughed so much...if you want 2tb ssd, 32gb Ram and a proper video card it will be 4.5K :) sorry but I haven’t bumped my head yet to even consider this...

Przemek Lodej's picture

I build myself a hefty system, a small microATX box with 64GB RAM, RTX2080 card, i7 8700K (12 core), 2TB SSD, 30" monitor...all for around $2005. Apple products are way overpriced.

Deleted Account's picture

Well in fairness let’s not compare apples with oranges :) a laptop is not a desktop. But your point still stands, way overpriced...OS as good as it is, still not worth the price they are asking.

Jason Lorette's picture

Apple is pricing me right out of their products...$3K US...not a chance, sorry Apple but get off the sauce.

Anthony Cayetano's picture

Wait for (hopefully) next year’s 10nm Ice Lake CPU iteration. This updated 8-core CPU (Coffee Lake) will most likely throttle more than last year’s 6-core and still does not support 32GB LPDDR4- and yes, you DO need 32 GB! This update will likely end up with a processing and thermally crippled MBP and waste your money on not getting the full power of all those cores.

Technically speaking, an Ice Lake CPU will give the MBP the real power boost many of us mobile Content Creators need in four significant ways: (1) A cooler 8-core processing, consuming lesser power than the last generation and thus running at a faster clock before throttling. (2) Direct support for 32 GB LPDDR4 would mean a cooler motherboard that could help the CPU from throttling even further, plus longer battery life. (3) Direct Thunderbolt 3 support. This can mean lesser latency between CPU and the TB3 connection by doing away with the extra external TB3 interface chip and get slightly better eGPU performance. And finally, (4) an integrated GPU that’s twice as fast than the last generation.

Then again, Apple could just go straight ARM64 and render what I wrote above pointless... =)

Anthony Cayetano's picture

I guess they didn't post Video editing benchmarks as those Intel CPUs throttle before the benchmark ends...

Jozef Povazan's picture

For 99% users this will be useless machine :) for 1% niche they will salut them :). Thank you, use desktops for editing and notebooks for presentation only so 4 cores will do :)

dale clark's picture

Funny, people moan how Apple has left the professional markets behind. However, when Apple starts planting their feet back into the mix (New 8 core macbook, new MacPro later this year), everyone is upset about the prices. Apple products have always been I do not know why there is so much grief. I'm sure many who spend $1000 on the latest phones every year are doing some of the moaning.

Carl Murray's picture

Lets see how they cool it. I bought the 2018 i9 6 core, and it is awful, It's slower than my 2012 macbook brick pro, because it thermal throttles whenever I try and do ANYTHING. an 8core just sounds like EVEN MORE overheating.

Daniel Sanchez's picture

Until they throttle it down.