The ends of an era: Apple no longer sells any new laptops with the much-maligned butterfly keyboard mechanism. Apple has just announced its new MacBook Pro 13in laptop with a Magic Keyboard.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro uses Apple’s refreshed Magic Keyboard that debuted on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The new MacBook Pro also offers up to 10th gen Intel processors and faster 3733MHz RAM which is getting a power boost.
This 2020 Magic Keyboard is one of the biggest upgrades for Macbook Pro. The Magic Keyboard uses a redesigned scissor mechanism with 1mm of key travel. The Magic Keyboard is more comfortable, fast, and reliable. The layout also includes an inverted-T arrangement for the arrow keys that makes them easier to find. The Touch Bar is still here, too, along with a Touch ID sensor and a physical Esc key. It’s hard to quantify just how important this new keyboard is to the laptop.
The MacBook Pro 2020 has the same Retina display as before, but it’s a good one. Apple says this 13-inch display can reach 500 nits of brightness and support the P3 wide color gamut. The MacBook company was questioned why they chose 13 inches instead of using 14 inches. While that’s not such a bad thing when the screen is bigger anyway, on this smaller laptop any increase would be noticeable. It supports Apple’s True Tone technology, which changes the color temperature of the display based on ambient lighting conditions. This is determinedly the portable Pro.
Memory and Storage
The RAM can be upgraded to 32GB and the storage can be specced all the way up to 4TB. The base $1,299 model also comes with 256GB of storage, up from the 128GB in prior models. But it lacks the 10th Gen processor and starts with 8GB of RAM. An upgrade to 16GB of RAM is available for $100, down from the $200 Apple charged for the same upgrade in prior models.
The MacBook Pro 2020 has a really good endurance with 10 hours of wireless web surfing and up to 10 hours of Apple TV app movie playback. The new MacBook Pro 13-inch has put in test through their own web surfing battery test to see how it fares.
Release Date and Price
It’s available for order on Apple’s website and will arrive in “select Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week.” Starting at the price of $1,299 for consumers and $1,199 for education customers. Education customers can save $100 on the base model’s price
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is competitive once more. We look forward to testing and reviewing the new 13-inch MacBook Pro to see if it’s worth the premium.