Over the past few months, we’ve seen a new 16-inch MacBook Pro and updated MacBook Air released by Apple. Now the US technology firm is giving the same treatment to the popular 13-inch MacBook Pro with this laptop receiving a major reboot.
Although this new machine keeps its iconic styling, there’s plenty of nice upgrades including an all-important change to the keyboard.
This replaces the older and hugely controversial Butterfly mechanism keys which caused Apple huge issues with reliability and complaints about the way it felt when typing.
The MacBook Pro 13-inch now features the latest Magic Keyboard, which first debuted on the 16-inch Pro last year.
That means owners will find an experience that brings increased travel and a more robust design to this popular machine. You also get the “T” arrangement back on the arrow keys, which makes it easier for your fingers to find these useful buttons without having to take your eyes off the screen. The updated Magic Keyboard also features a physical Escape key, along with usual Touch Bar and Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
Along with that new keyboard, there’s a big speed boost arriving on these laptops. Apple says that the 13-inch MacBook Pro lineup now offers up to 10th-generation quad-core Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.1GHz. That means customers who are upgrading from a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a dual-core processor will see up to 2.8 times faster performance.
The integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics deliver up to 80 percent faster performance over the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro for 4K video editing, faster rendering, and smoother gameplay. The new graphics also enable users to connect to Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution.
Another welcomed addition is the ability to add more storage to the entry-level Pro models. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro now comes with double the storage of the previous generation, with standard storage starting at 256GB all the way up to 1TB.
It’s also quicker to write to the disk with Apple featuring its superfast SSDs on MacBook Pro.
Sadly, unlike the 16-inch Pro, there’s no update to look of the Retina display with thicker bezels still surrounding this True Tone screen. However, you do get improved speakers and there’s the brilliant Force Touch trackpad which continues to offer the best experience on the market.
“Whether you’re a college student, a developer, or a creative pro, the 13-inch MacBook Pro delivers powerful performance, a stunning Retina display, and all-day battery life in our most portable pro notebook. Today we’re adding the new Magic Keyboard, doubling the standard storage, and boosting performance, making the 13-inch MacBook Pro an even better value for our customers,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing.
“With these updates, our entire notebook lineup features the Magic Keyboard for the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook, offers twice the standard storage than before, and delivers even more performance.”
If you fancy one on your lap then prices start from £1,299. Apple says the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is available to order today on apple.com and in the Apple Store app.
It will begin arriving with customers and will be in select Apple Stores and Apple Authorised Resellers later this week.
Published at Mon, 04 May 2020 12:37:00 +0000