Apple updated the 13 in MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard, but only certain versions are gaining new processors and improved RAM options, which means the difference between the MacBook Air and the entry-level Pro is small. Here’s what new components you need to know
Apple introduced brand new 13 in MacBook Pro models as anticipated. The new MacBook Pro offers an improved Ice Lake 10th generation processor, a standard 16 GB RAM (up to 32 GB RAM), and up to 4 TB storage options. The other major improvement is that in the smaller model, Apple replaced the outdated butterfly keyboard with the updated Magic Keyboard first used in the 2019 16 in MacBook Pro.
Apple has launched brand new 13 as expected in MacBook Pro models. The new MacBook Pro features an upgraded 10th generation Ice Lake processor, a standard 16 GB RAM (up to 32 GB RAM) and up to 4 TB storage options. The other big change is that Apple replaced the obsolete butterfly keyboard in the smaller model with the new Magic Keyboard which was first used in MacBook Pro in 2019 16.
The update means the gap between the 13 in and 16 in models has potentially slightly narrowed compared to what it was when the 16 in models were updated by Apple in November 2019. Prior to the launch in May 2020, the best-spected 13 in MacBook Pro offered up to 2.4GHz Quad-Core 8th generation i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz, while the entry-level 16 in model provided the i7 Intel Core i9 processor (4.5GHz Turbo Boost) 2.6GHz 6-core 9th generation. Now the 13 in flagship offers 2.0GHz Quad-Core 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor with up to 3.8GHz Turbo Boost.
You can find that the speed of the clock is lower than before-but remember that the version of the processor is now newer than the 16 in model, which will possibly make a difference to performance, but we will have to wait before we can run tests on the new model. The increased RAM-which is also faster than previous RAM-would also make a significant difference compared to the 13 in versions in 2019.
Specifications of MacBook Pro 2020:
Here’s how the specs compare with the MacBook Pro range of 13 in 2020:
- 4GHz Turbo Boost Quad-Core Processor 3.9GHz, 256 GB Storage, 8 GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 Memory, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, (was 128 GB Storage). £1,299/$1,299 USD
- 4GHz Turbo Boost Quad-Core Processor, 3.9GHz, 512 GB Storage, 8 GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, (was 256 GB Storage). £1,499/$1,499 Euros
- 0GHz Quad-Core Turbo Boost processor up to 3.8GHz, 512 GB Storage, 16 GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X, Intel Iris Plus Graphics, (was a 2.4GHz Quad-Core Turbo Boost processor up to 4.1GHz, 8 GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory 256 GB Storage). Just £1,799/$1,799
- 0GHz Turbo Quad-Core Processor up to 3.8GHz, 1 TB Storage, 16 GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X, Intel Iris Plus Graphics, (was 2.4GHz Quad-Core Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz, 8 GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory, 512 GB Storage) £1.999/$1.999
Availability and price of MacBook Pro 2020:
Right now, due to Coronavirus, the Apple Stores are all closed but you can order a new MacBook Pro online here. Alternatively check out the best MacBook Pro offers in our round up if you want a bargain.Apple hasn’t taken anything off the starting price-when it released the MacBook Air 2020 edition in March 2020 it reduced the entry-level price by £ 100-the model is now priced at £ 999 (here).
Keyboard of MacBook Pro 2020:
You may wonder if all 13 in MacBook Pro models are getting the new keyboard-particularly since the entry-level models didn’t see much of an upgrade beyond the increased storage. The good news is that they all have the new style keyboard in fact.
Tom Boger, Apple ‘s senior Mac and iPad Product Marketing director, said: “With these updates our entire lineup of notebooks features the Magic Keyboard.”
That means that all the latest MacBook Pro models are now featuring the same scissor-switch keyboard design as seen on the 16 in MacBook Pro released in November 2019. Actually, that keyboard design is not that new-it was based on past Mac laptops and the Magic Keyboard shipping with the iMac. What really matters is that the new keyboard design replaces the problem-stricken butterfly mechanism that has been used since around 2016 for Apple laptop keyboards.The butterfly mechanism made it possible for Apple to make the keyboard (and thus Mac) slimmer, but the design seems to have created problems with dust being caught under keys and costly repairs. Read all here about those MacBook keyboard problems.
Apple admitted to the keyboard issue and offered free repairs to those affected, but some sales of Mac laptops are certain to have been prevented by the well-publicized keyboard related problems. So it’s no surprise that the problem has now been rectified by Apple-and our new style keyboard tests do seem to suggest as much.
Our 16 in MacBook Pro reviewer had plenty of praise for the new keyboard style, writing: “It’s smoother on the fingertips, and if you’ve had sore fingers on the butterfly keyboard after a long typing session (like me), you won’t have that experience on the Magic Keyboard.”
About the Processor of MacBook Pro 2020:
The two MacBook Pro mid-range models now deliver Intel 10th generation processors-you can also find 10th generation processors in MacBook Air 2020 (including a 1.1GHz Quad-Core Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz).The disappointment is that inside the entry-level MacBook Pro, Apple has not revised the processors, and those models only deliver up to 3.9GHz of the 8th generation 1.4GHz Quad-Core Cpu with Turbo Boost.
This suggests the gap between MacBook Air and MacBook Pro isn’t as big as it once was, so if you choose between the £1.299/£1.299 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models the differences aren’t all that big. For more information on how these two MacBook models compare here.
The lack of 10th generation processor in the MacBook Pro entry-level is surprising given that Apple is actually quite late in using the 10th generation chips-many of its competitors (Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenavo, HP etc.) have already introduced 10th generation processors for Ice Lake.
About the RAM of MacBook Pro 2020:
The new Quad-Core 2.0GHz models now offer Intel Iris Plus Graphics, instead of Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655. The Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 is still available on the entry-level models. These new graphics that come integrated with the Ice Lake processor are basically the old graphics card’s latest version. Apple claims the new graphics are “80 per cent faster than the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro generation for 4 K video editing, quicker rendering and smoother gameplay.” Needless to say we are going to run tests.
Intel Iris Plus Graphics also features the 2019 MacBook Air so it’ll be interesting to see how these machines compare.
About the Graphics MacBook Pro2020:
Compared to Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, the latest 2.0GHz Quad-Core versions now deliver Intel Iris Plus Graphics instead. The Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 only provides entry-level versions. These new graphics integrated with the Ice Lake processor are basically the old graphics card’s new version. Apple says the new graphics are “80 percent faster than the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro model for 4 K video editing, quicker rendering and smoother gameplay” Any need to say we are going to run tests.Intel Iris Plus Graphics is also included in the 2019 MacBook Air, and it’ll be fascinating to see how these devices compare.
About the SSD of MacBook Pro 2020:
It’s nice to see a increase in the MacBook Pro capacity from 128 GB to 256 GB and 512 GB, but this is not the only change in the capacity price.A 2 TB SSD build to order option is available now for an additional £ 600/$600.And an additional £ 1,200/$1,200 command option for a 4 TB SSD build to order.