2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) vs. 2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3): Which is better?

Here is a side by side comparison between 2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) and 2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) Pros

Reasons that 2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) is better than 2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3).

Newer manufacturing

2018 vs. 2017

Much faster CPU performance

Intel Core i7-8559U inside 2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) has a 96% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-7660U inside 2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3).

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) - Intel Core i7-8559U
3,906
2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) - Intel Core i5-8259U
3,715
2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) - Intel Core i7-7660U
1,992
2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) - Intel Core i5-7360U
1,947
Has two more ports and slots

The 2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) has more ports and slots count than the 2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3). It has five versus three amount of ports and slots on the 2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3).

Ports2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
headphone jackYesYes
Thunderbolt 3Yes x4Yes x2
Total53

2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) Pros

We couldn't find any advantages of 2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) over 2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3).

Key Similars

Similar characteristics share between 2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) and 2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3).

Supports the same maximum memory size of up to 16GB

Both laptops supports up to 16GB of system memory.

Max system memory size
2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)
16 GB
2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
16 GB
Uses the same memory type and speed

Both laptops supports the same 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM.

Memory type and speed
2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) - LPDDR3
2,133 MHz
2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) - LPDDR3
2,133 MHz

Prices

Here are the latest price updates and offers for both devices.

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) Price
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2.3GHz Core i5, 256GB - Space Gray - 2017 (Renewed)
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2.3GHz Core i5, 256GB - Space Gray - 2017 (Renewed)
By Apple
$326.00
$349.00 7% OFF
Mid 2018 Apple MacBook Pro Touch Bar with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 (13.3 in, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
Mid 2018 Apple MacBook Pro Touch Bar with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 (13.3 in, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$599.99
Mid 2018 Apple MacBook Pro Touch Bar with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 (13.3 inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
Mid 2018 Apple MacBook Pro Touch Bar with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 (13.3 inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$575.60
2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) Price
2017 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128 SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Renewed)
2017 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128 SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$319.00
$339.00 6% OFF
Mid 2017 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) Silver (Renewed)
Mid 2017 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) Silver (Renewed)
By Apple
$357.98
Mid 2017 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.5GHz Intel Core i7 (13.3 in, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
Mid 2017 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.5GHz Intel Core i7 (13.3 in, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$469.21

Comparison Summary

Apple has released the MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3), a 13.3-inch machine, in mid-2018. It is powered by up to a quad-core Intel Core i7-8559U with a boost clock speed up to 4.50 GHz. The laptop has an integrated graphics option up to Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 655 (48 Execution Units with 128 MB eDRAM, 300 → 1200 MHz).

On the other hand, we have the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) was introduced by Apple about a year earlier in mid-2017. It comes with up to a dual-core Intel Core i7-7660U with a boost clock speed up to 4.00 GHz. It has an integrated graphics option up to Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640 (48 Execution Units with 64 MB eDRAM side cache, 300 → 1100 MHz).

Geekbench 5 Single Core

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)1
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8259U87486.71%
2
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8559U1,008100.00%
2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)1
7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7360U83082.34%
2
7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U87787.00%
01,008

Geekbench 5 Multi Core

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)1
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8259U3,71595.11%
2
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8559U3,906100.00%
2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)1
7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7360U1,94749.85%
2
7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U1,99251.00%
03,906

Both 2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) and 2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) have the same 13.3-inch display size. In addition, they both have the same weight at 3.02 lbs. Moreover, measured at 11.97” x 8.36” x 0.59”, the 2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) share the same chassis as the 2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3).

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)

There are only three Thunderbolt 3 ports, a headphone jack available on 2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3). With that said, it has two ports and slots more than the 2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) that has only two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a headphone jack.

Moving over to upgradability, you can't make any upgrades on both devices. All major components including memory and storage are soldered on to the motherboard. So make sure you get the specs that work best for your current and future workload.

Key Features

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
At Glance
Released in Mid
2018
16:10 WQXGA
13.3”
1600p 60Hz
Weight
3.02 lb
1.37 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-8559U
4C/8T, 2.70 → 4.50 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,008
Single Core
Geekbench 5
3,906
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 655
48 Execution Units with 128 MB eDRAM, 300 → 1200 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
2133 MHz LPDDR3
2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) Ports
Released in Mid
2017
16:10 WQXGA
13.3”
1600p 60Hz
Weight
3.02 lb
1.37 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-7660U
2C/4T, 2.50 → 4.00 GHz
Geekbench 5
877
Single Core
Geekbench 5
1,992
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640
48 Execution Units with 64 MB eDRAM side cache, 300 → 1100 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
2133 MHz LPDDR3
2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) Ports

Availability

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
Released20182017
Release DateAnnounced on July 13th, 2018Announced on June 5th, 2017
Pricing
  • $1,799 - Intel Core i5 | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD
  • $1,999 - Intel Core i5 | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD
  • $1,299
    Intel Core i5 7360U | 8GB RAM | 128GB SSD
  • $1,499
    Intel Core i5 7360U | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD
Applicable Models
  • 2018 MacBook Pro 13
  • 2018 MacBook Pro 13 with Four Thunderbolt 3 pors
  • 2018 MacBook Pro 13 with Touch Bar
  • 2018 MacBook Pro 13 with Touch ID
  • 2017 MacBook Pro 13
  • 2017 MacBook Pro 13 with Two Thunderbolt 3 pors
  • 2017 MacBook Pro 13 with Function Keys
Generations

Exterior

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
Dimensions11.97” x 8.36” x 0.59” (304.1 mm x 212.4 mm x 14.9 mm)11.97” x 8.36” x 0.59” (304.1 mm x 212.4 mm x 14.9 mm)
WeightStarting at 3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)Starting at 3.02 lb (1.37 kg)
Colors
Space Gray Silver
Space Gray Silver
Keyboard and TrackpadBacklit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 64 (U.S.) or 65 (ISO) keys including 4 arrow keys
  • Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures
Backlit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures

Display

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
Size13.3 Inches13.3 Inches
InfoRetina display
  • Retina display
  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1440 by 900
    • 1024 by 640
  • 500 nits brightness
  • Wide color (P3)
  • True Tone technology
Retina display
  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1440 by 900
    • 1024 by 640
  • 500 nits brightness
  • Wide color (P3)

Ports

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) Ports
Image Source: Apple
Left (2)
2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) Ports - Left
Image Source: Apple
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3
    40 Gpbs, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Charging, Displayport
Right (3)
2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3) Ports - Right
Image Source: Apple
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3
    40 Gpbs, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Charging, Displayport
2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) Ports
Image Source: Apple
Left (2)
2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) Ports - Left
Image Source: Apple
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3
    40 Gpbs, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Charging, Displayport
Right (1)
2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) Ports - Right
Image Source: Apple
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone

Internal Specs

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
Processor
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8259U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.30 → 3.80 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 28W
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8559U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.70 → 4.50 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 28W
  1. 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7360U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.30 → 3.60 GHz, 4MB Cache, 15W
  2. 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.50 → 4.00 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 15W
Integrated Graphics
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8259U
    Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 655
    48 Execution Units with 128 MB eDRAM, 300 → 1050 MHz
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8559U
    Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 655
    48 Execution Units with 128 MB eDRAM, 300 → 1200 MHz
  1. 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7360U
    Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640
    48 Execution Units with 64 MB eDRAM, 300 → 1000 MHz
  2. 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
    Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640
    48 Execution Units with 64 MB eDRAM side cache, 300 → 1100 MHz
Memory
8GB
configurable to 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
8GB
configurable to 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
Storage
256GB 512GB
configurable to 1TB or 2TB SSD
128GB 256GB
configurable to 512GB, 1TB or 2TB SSD

Connectivity

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 wireless technologyBluetooth 4.2 wireless technology

Battery

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
Size58.0 Wh lithium‑polymer battery54.5 Wh lithium‑polymer battery
Battery Life
  • Up to 10 hours wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours Apple TV app movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
  • Up to 10 hours wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours Apple TV app movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
Power Supply61W USB‑C Power Adapter61W USB‑C Power Adapter

Software

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
OSShipped with macOS MojaveShipped with macOS Sierra
Built-in Apps
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player

Camera & Audio

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
Camera720p FaceTime HD camera720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
  • Three microphones
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
  • Three microphones
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Misc

2018 MacBook Pro 13 (4TB3)2017 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
Sensors
  • Touch ID sensor
-
Security
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Apple T2 Chip
-
In the box
  • 13‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 61W USB‑C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)
  • 13‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 61W USB‑C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)
WarrantyYour MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one‑year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.Your MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one‑year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.
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Video Support

Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colors and:
  • One display with 5120-by-2880 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors
  • Up to two displays with 4096-by-2304 resolution at 60Hz at millions of colors
  • Up to two displays with 3840-by-2160 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors
Thunderbolt 3 digital video output
  • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
  • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)
Video Support
Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colors and:
  • One display with 5120-by-2880 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors
  • Up to two displays with 4096-by-2304 resolution at 60Hz at millions of colors
  • Up to two displays with 3840-by-2160 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors
Thunderbolt 3 digital video output
  • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
  • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)

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