Apple has just announced its new, refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro after weeks of rumors. The new machine was expected for a while, and now Apple has shared all the details via press release.
We’d been expecting this new machine to arrive pretty much every day for the last few weeks, although it isn’t the big update that brings the 13-inch to the same 16-inch setup.
That means we don’t have the same, larger display. But we do get plenty to enjoy. Starting with the Magic Keyboard found in the 16-inch MacBook Pro. That’s music to the ears of anyone who has been holding of picking up a new 13-inch Apple notebook until the troublesome butterfly keyboard was banished for good.
The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro now features the new Magic Keyboard, first introduced on the 16-inch MacBook Pro and added to MacBook Air in March. Magic Keyboard features a redesigned scissor mechanism with 1mm of key travel for a comfortable and stable key feel, while the new inverted-“T” arrangement for the arrow keys makes them easier to find, whether users are navigating through spreadsheets or playing games.
Like the MacBook Air refresh earlier, storage has now been doubled, with base models now starting at 256GB instead of 128GB. If that’s not enough this can be upgraded all the way to a mammoth 4TB SSD as well.
On top of that, we have new Intel 10th generation CPUs that should offer increased graphics performance with improved power usage and heat management. However, the base models still use the 8th gen. Intel CPU running at 1.4Ghz. You can expect to dish out a lot more cash for the 10th gen. CPUs and increased amount of RAM.
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.
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.
Price starts at $1,299 for the base models with 8th gen. CPU, and $1,799 if you wish to go with a 10th gen. processor.
The new configurations are available for order from the online Apple Store now, although you obviously can’t buy in-store unless you’re in Mainland China. We’re sure stores will have them available as soon as they’re re-opened.
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