Apple has updated its 13-inch MacBook Pro. In addition to the Magic Keyboard, the new MacBook Pro 2020 model offers internal upgrades for everything, but they have it all: The Ultrabook is now available with up to 80 percent faster graphics and a maximum of 32GB 3,733 MHz LPDDR4X RAM.
Apple has not changed anything when talking about an outer case of the Mac Book Pro, but the keyboard is completely new: instead of butterfly keys there is now the excellent Magic Keyboard, to the left of the touch bar there is now a real Esc key.
The second major upgrade is the new 10th generation Intel processors – at least in the more expensive model with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, the entry-level version with two Thunderbolt 3 ports still come with the same 8th generation Intel CPUs as its predecessor. As usual, Apple is not about which chips are accurate – as per the listing, an Intel Core i5-1038G7 is used as a BTO option, there’s an Intel Core i7-1068G7 – similar to the MacBook Air (now from $949 on BHphotovideo) it would be quite conceivable that the group received specially adapted processors from Intel.
Apple continues to rely on Intel’s Iris Plus iGPUs for the graphics. Compared to the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 of the previous model, Apple promises a performance increase of up to 80 percent in games, but at least part of it should also fall back on the system memory. Because this is now much faster: Instead of being previously limited to 16GB LPDDR3-2133, the top model can now be equipped with up to 32GB LPDDR4X-3733.
The basic model now comes with SSD storage doubled to 256GB at the same price as its predecessor, a maximum of up to 4TB is possible, the speed is still specified at up to 3.0 GB/s. Apart from that, everything stays the same – which is not too bad, since the predecessor was already equipped with an excellent display, very good speakers and possibly the best trackpad on the market.
New MacBook Pro 2020 Release date, Price
The 13-inch new MacBook Pro 2020 price starts from $1,299 with a 1.4 GHz 8th Gen Intel Core i5 Quad-Core processor, an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, 8GB LPDDR3-2133 RAM and a 256GB SSD. This model will be available from May 7th.
In order to benefit from the performance upgrades, you have to spend at least $2,099. In addition to the 10th generation Intel processor, you also get the “80 percent faster” Intel Iris Plus graphics chip, 16GB LPDDR4X-3733 RAM, and a 512GB SSD. This model will begin shipping on May 13th. All available configurations and prices can be seen at the Bhphotovideo.com online shop.