Apple have released the MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) and its going to replace the MacBook Pro 2019 (13-inch). Will this new MacBook Pro see a major upgrade from the the one released last year? Well, one thing about Apple products is quality and user satisfaction. This new Apple MacBook Pro has some really interesting paper specifications with a starting price of $1,299.
MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) is the latest Apple computer in the MacBook Pro series. It comes with some really nice features that makes it stands out from the previous version released in 2019. It comes with bigger RAM and Internal Storage sizes, faster speed performance and better typing experience.
The new MacBook Pro brings to the table a 10th gen Intel processors and faster 3733MHz RAM. But, you’ll need to pay up to $1,799 to get the variant with that feature. The entry-level $1,299 model will be making use of 8th gen CPU and the same RAM as MacBook Pro 2019 (13-inch).
Other talking points of this new Apple computer include faster Intel Iris Plus graphics with up to 80% faster performance and the same great Retina Display and long battery life. Although the design remains the same, but overall, you are getting better specifications and more value for your money.
MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) release date
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is available to order today at Apple.com and in the Apple Store app. We expect this device to start shipping this week. But, due to the Covid 19 lock-down in various countries it might take a while before it gets to your country. Local retailers should have in stock soon.
MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) specs
|CPU||1.4-GHz quad core 8th gen||1.4 GHz quad-core 8th gen||2 GHz quad-core 10th gen||2 GHz quad core 10th gen|
|RAM||8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory||8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory||16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory||16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory|
|Storage||256GB SSD||512GB SSD||512GB SSD||1TB SSD|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Plus 645||Intel Iris Plus 645||Intel Iris Plus||Intel Iris Plus|
|Display||13 inch Retina Display (2560 x 1600)||13 inch Retina Display (2560 x 1600)||13 inch Retina Display (2560 x 1600)||13 inch Retina Display (2560 x 1600)|
|Ports||Two Thunderbolt 3||Two Thunderbolt 3||Four Thunderbolt 3||Four Thunderbolt 3|
|Size||11.97 x 8.36 x 061 inches||11.97 x 8.36 x 061 inches||11.97 x 8.36 x 061 inches||11.97 x 8.36 x 061 inches|
|Weight||3.1 pounds||3.1 pounds||3.1 pounds||3.1 pounds|
The MacBook Pro 2020 series starts with a quad-core 8th gen processor, but there is also a variant with a 10th-gen quad-core chip with turbo boost speeds up to 4.1GHz which is also available for purchase. According to Apple, customers will see up to 2.8x faster performance for those upgrading from a MacBook Pro with a dual-core processor.
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When it comes to graphics and animations, the MacBook Pro 2020 uses Intel Iris Plus graphics, which is designed to deliver up to 80% faster performance over the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro. This promises smoother 4K video, better game play and faster rendering.
Customers who are willing to step up to at least the $1,799 variant of the MacBook Pro 2020 will be able to enjoy 16GB of faster 3733MHz memory. This is a good upgrade from the 2133 MHz memory on the entry-level MacBook Pro. Also, you can upgrade to 32GB of RAM, which is a first for a 13-inch MacBook. You pay something extra and get some extra value from Apple.
Apple is doubling the internal storage across the board on the new MacBook Pro, so you start with 256GB. You can expect read speeds up to 3 GB per second. And you can order a MacBook Pro 2020 with up to 4TB of SSD storage.
The starting price of MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) is $1,299 and $1,199 in its most expensive variant. The $1,299 model includes an older 8th-gen, quad-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage (up from 128GB on the last model). This configuration includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports.
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The $1,499 MacBook Pro 2020 brings the internal storage up to 512GB. The $1,799 model packs a 10th-generation Core i5 processor, which is paired with 16GB of faster RAM and 512GB of internal storage.
For persons willing to spend $1,999, the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 gives you 1TB of SSD internal storage.
Design and Ports
Unfortunately, the refreshed MacBook Pro 2020 doesn’t offer a sleek new design. It’s the same 3-pound aluminum unibody design as before. This is not actually the first time Apple is doing this with its products. Even in its smartphone line ups, we saw the Apple iPhone SE 2020 having the same design as the Apple iPhone 8. Watch This Video to see for yourself.
Again, the bezels around the display look chunky compared to the likes of the new Dell XPS 13. We’d like to see Apple redesign this laptop, but this is just a refresh. The 13-inch MacBook Pro comes in the same silver and space gray as before. More color options would be nice, too.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro also has the same two Thunderbolt 3 ports to start. You need to step up to the $1,799 variant if you want four Thunderbolt 3 ports.
The new Apple laptop has the Retina display, which is a pretty good one. You get a sharp 2560 x 1600 pixels of resolution along with 500 nits of brightness, plus wide color (P3) support. The panel also supports Apple’s True Tone technology, which changes the color temperature of the display based on ambient lighting conditions.
The new MacBook Pro was rated by Apple to have 10 hours of wireless web surfing and up to 10 hours of Apple TV app movie playback. That’s really good endurance on paper. We’ll hope to see some real life battery tests soon.
Based on rumors, this new MacBook Pro is not the major overhaul we were hoping for. But it ticks the boxes that Apple needed to in order to make the 13-inch MacBook Pro competitive once more.
Getting double the storage, now offers 10th gen processors and faster RAM are all nice upgrade. However, you need to spend $1,799 to get these amenities, which means Apple’s truly Pro 13-inch MacBook Pro is more expensive than Windows laptops with similar specifications.
We hope a detailed review shows that this new MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) is worth the price tag.