Following the launch of the MacBook Air refresh in March, Apple has updated their 13-inch MacBook Pro.
“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.”
Prior to the announcement, rumours suggested that the 13-inch MacBook Pro would be replaced with a 14-inch version along with the new Magic Keyboard (as featured on the 16-inch Pro).
Sadly only one of those is true, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro has Apple’s Magic Keyboard with 1mm of key travel for maximum comfort. The keyboard has a dedicated Escape key, Touch Bar and Touch ID.
The 13-inch Retina Display has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 with 500 nits of brightness and wide P3 colour gamut and Apple’s True Tone technology.
Powering the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is Intel’s 10th Gen Core processors up to an i5 along with integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics. The laptop can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM but 16GB comes standard.
Apple says you should get up to 80% faster performance compared to the previous MacBook Pro. For storage, it can be configured with up to a 4TB SSD.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro can also connect to Apple’s Pro Display XDR at the full 6K resolution. There are four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and a headphone jack.
The new MacBook Pro is still stuck with 802.11ac Wi-Fi (i.e, not the faster Wi-Fi 6/802.11 ax) and a 720p FaceTime HD webcam.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is available now from Apple’s website. Pricing starts at $1,699 CAD and $1,569 CAD for education (for the 8th Gen Intel models). The model with 10th Gen Intel starts at $2,399 CAD. It’ll begin shipping to customers later this week.