Apple has updated its MacBook Pro in a 13-inch format. Major improvements include 10th generation Intel Core processors, higher SSD capacities, RAM upgrades and the new Magic Keyboard with an optimized scissor mechanism.
After Apple buried its 15.4-inch MacBook Pro and introduced the slightly larger 16-inch version in the same breath, the rumors surrounding a new 13-inch model intensified. The US manufacturer announced this today. Like its big brothers, the compact pro laptops separate from the problematic butterfly keyboard and are now using the Magic Keyboard with a revised scissor switch (scissor switches). At the same time, the Touch Bar LED bar changes, which also gives the 13-inch separate Escape and Touch ID buttons.
New Intel processors, larger SSDs and brisk RAM
There is no presumed enlargement of the screen. The Apple MacBook Pro will continue to be equipped with a 13-inch Retina display. However, experts continue to anticipate that a 14-inch version with a narrower screen bezel could appear later this year or possibly next year. In addition to the keyboard and touch bar, Apple has given the MacBook Pro 13 a makeover in terms of processors, SSD capacity and RAM. From now on, 10th generation Intel Core processors up to the Core i7 quad-core (Quad-Core) with 4.1 GHz can be configured.
Apple also doubles the capacity of the built-in solid-state drives, which are now used with a size of up to 4 TB in the compact MacBook Pro models and enable transfer rates of up to 3 GB / s. The 13-inch model with four Thunderbolt 3 ports are also equipped with DDR4 RAM as standard, which has a clock rate of 3733 MHz. Entry-level versions of the macOS laptop, on the other hand, continue to rely on the 8th Intel Core processor generation and DDR3 RAM with 2133 MHz. A total of up to 32 GB RAM can now be selected.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch (2020) Performance plus, prices and availability
Depending on which MBP “old device” you switch to the new MacBook Pro 13, Apple promises a performance increase of up to 2.8 times and a GPU performance added value of up to 80 percent. In addition, the new Intel Iris Plus graphics units enable a connection to the in-house Pro Display XDR with a full 6K resolution. The delivery of the new notebooks starts now at an entry price of 1499 euros. The cheapest MacBook Pro model with 10th generation Intel processors and faster RAM costs 2129 euros in the Apple Store.