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Download macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Supplemental Update for MacBook Pro
Saw the Developer releases had macOS Mojave 10.14.5 (18F203) dated May 22nd, and figured it was a supplemental update since no changes to the 10.14.5 delta/Combo download pages from May 13th. Found the download page for macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Supplemental Update for MacBook Pro with this info:

"macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Supplemental Update for MacBook Pro
The MacBook Pro Supplemental Update addresses a firmware issue affecting 15-inch MacBook Pro computers with T2 Security Chip, and is recommended for all users.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit:"

(HT201222 is Apple's security updates listing - nothing on this update there.)

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New Apple Keyboard Service Program for MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Clip from May 21, 2019 Keyboard Service Program for MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro:
"Apple has determined that a small percentage of the keyboards in certain MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:

- Letters or characters repeat unexpectedly.
- Letters or characters do not appear.
- Key(s) feel "sticky" or do not respond in a consistent manner."

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will service eligible MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro keyboards, free of charge. The type of service will be determined after the keyboard is examined and may involve the replacement of one or more keys or the whole keyboard...

If you believe your Mac notebook was affected by this issue, and you paid to have your keyboard repaired, you can contact Apple about a refund."

List of "Eligible Models" includes 2015-2017 Retina 12" MacBooks, 2018 Retina 13" MacBook Air, specific 2016-2019 MacBook Pros. See service program page for more details.
New Apple Service Program for 13in MacBook Pro Display Backlight   [= Skip =]
Clip from Apple's May 21, 2019 posted 13-inch MacBook Pro Display Backlight Service Program:
"Apple has determined that a very small percentage of 13-inch MacBook Pro displays may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:

- Display backlight continuously or intermittently shows vertical bright areas along the entire bottom of the screen.

- Display backlight stops working completely.

Affected devices were sold between October 2016 and February 2018. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will service affected MacBook Pro units, free of charge."

Eligible Models
To identify your computer's model and to see if it is eligible for this program, choose Apple menu > About This Mac. Eligible models are listed below.

- MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
- MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)"
See linked repair program page for more details.
New MacBook Pro with 8-core CPU Options
Apple's press release on the new 8-core CPU MacBook Pro calls it the 'fastest Mac notebook ever'.
"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...

The 15-inch MacBook Pro now features faster 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, delivering Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz."
More details on the MacBook Pro product page and tech specs page.
(I wonder how long they can run full bore without thermal throttling.)
Although not mentioned in the press release (or the product page), reports say there's been a material change to the butterfly keyboard to hopefully address problems in the past. (Reference latest Keyboard Service program above.)
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