Apple announced on Monday the launch of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with updated 10th generation processors for high-end machines and new magic keyboards with scissor switches across the entire product range.
We picked one to find out what’s new and to see how it compares to other devices in Apple’s notebook line. Read on to see what we thought and whether it is worth buying.
In terms of design, the 13-inch 2020 MacBook Pro looks identical to the 2019 model, as Apple has made no external changes except for the new keyboard. The same 13.3-inch case continues to be used, which is disappointing as there have been rumors of a switch to an updated 1
The 14.1-inch MacBook Pro may be available in the future, but Apple is still selling the same old 13.3-inch model alongside the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
We bought the base model machine, which means that it still uses 8th generation processors from Intel. The high-quality 13-inch MacBook Pro models from $ 1,799 have faster and newer 10th generation processors.
Based on benchmarks, the MacBook Pro with $ 1,799 and a 10 GHz 2.0 GHz Core i5 Intel chip is about 16.5 percent faster than the base model available here with $ 1,299 and a 1 8th generation 4 GHz quad-core core i5 processor.
Apple added support for up to 32 GB of RAM and a 4 TB SSD when it updated MacBook Pro 2020. However, these functions are also limited to the most expensive computers. The base model can only be upgraded to 16 GB RAM and a 2 TB SSD.
So what is new in the basic “MacBook Pro” model is the keyboard. It now has the same magic keyboard that Apple first introduced in the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The Magic Keyboard uses scissor switches instead of the old butterfly switches, which were notoriously unreliable and unpopular with users.
Apple’s butterfly keyboards led to the launch of an extensive repair program, and although Apple kept trying to fix the butterfly keyboard using various patching methods, nothing worked, and the only way to get a more reliable keyboard was to go back to the scissor switch design .
The 13-inch MacBook Pro’s Magic keyboard was said to be much more reliable than the keyboards of previous models that still had butterfly switches. With the release of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has now officially deleted the butterfly keyboard from its entire range of notebooks.
In terms of design, the Magic keyboard has a physical escape key and inverted T-arrow keys, but still has a touch bar and touch ID for biometric authentication. When it comes to feel, the Magic Keyboard is not too far from the butterfly keyboard to be replaced by a good key travel and a solid feel under your fingers.
It’s worth noting that high-end MacBook Pro models with four Thunderbolt 3 ports can now support the 6K Pro Display XDR. However, the low-end models with only two Thunderbolt 3 ports are limited to one 5K or two 4K displays.
Unless you plan to pay at least $ 1,799 for a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, this update is a bit disappointing, as the lower-priced lower-end models only get an updated keyboard design. With a starting price of $ 1,799 and up to $ 3,500 for the upgrades, some users should try one of the 16-inch MacBook Pro models, unless the size matters.
Those interested in portability and the lower specs of the cheaper “MacBook Pro” should take a closer look at the MacBook Air, which may offer better value.