Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch(2020) Highlights
Apple’s MacBook Pro 13-inch is the company’s entry-level Pro notebook, representing the best combination of computing comfort and pure power. It is arguably Apple’s most important laptop; the new Pro is the device to get people into the Mac ecosystem – the one that lures and converts those who are on Windows. Not only does it bring in upgraded hardware and a new keyboard that’s a drastic improvement from the previous one, but it comes at a more affordable price.
It’s also a great solution for creative pros and business people who need a light and thin laptop to travel with. The two entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro models feature Intel’s quad-core 8th-generation Core i5 chips, while the two higher-end models include Intel’s newer quad-core 10th-generation Core i5 chips. Performance-wise, it looks promising on paper, with new 10th generation CPUs offering a noticeable boost, and the base model again coming with twice the RAM and storage.
- CPU: 1.4GHz quad core 8th gen to 2.3GHz 10th gen Core i7
- RAM: 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory to 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory
- Storage: 256GB SSD to 1TB SSD
- Graphics: Intel Iris Plus 645, Intel Iris Plus
- Display: 13 inch Retina Display (2560 x 1600)
- Ports: Two Thunderbolt 3 to four Thunderbolt 3
- Size: 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61 inches
- Weight: 3.1 pounds
It comes in the same Silver or Space Gray color, and dimensions are roughly the same, at 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61-inches (304.1 x 212.4 x 156mm). This is slightly thicker than the previous model, which had a depth of 0.59-inches (149mm). It’s also slightly heavier at 3.1 pounds (1.4kg), versus 2019’s 3.02 pounds (1.37kg). The difference won’t be too noticeable for most people, and it’s still reasonably light for a pro laptop.
In the base model, there are two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side of the system and a headphone jack on the right side. The higher end model steps you up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allows you to plug in more peripherals at once.
Like the 16-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro now features a Magic Keyboard, which uses scissor switches to achieve 1mm of key travel. Combined with an Apple-designed rubber dome and new keycap structure, the overall typing experience is a lot more comfortable than before. No reliability issues have come to light and seems to be the perfect balance between travel and stability.
The Magic Keyboard also includes a dedicated physical Esc key, so it’s no longer hidden in the Touch Bar. Apple has also changed the arrow keys to an inverted-T arrangement, which makes them easier to find by feel.
The screen remains the same as last year’s model, which is no bad thing. The Retina resolution (2,560 x 1,600) isn’t the highest we’ve seen in a 13-inch laptop, but to be honest, a 4K resolution on a 13-inch screen is overkill most of the time, and the Retina display of the MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) is bright and vibrant. Crucially, for creative professionals, it supports the P3 wide color gamut, offering excellent color reproduction.
The MacBook Pro’s audio continues to be underrated. The two speakers that flank the keyboard pump out loud and clear sound, with a surprising amount of bass.
The MacBook Pro 13-inch is one of the fastest 13-inch laptops around. It runs macOS Catalina with ease, leading to a smooth and responsive experience, and the apps load up nice and fast. Its multi-tasking prowess is excellent thanks to the new Intel CPU, as well as the faster 3,733MHz LPDDR4X RAM, and it means that the new MacBook Pro 13-inch feels less of a compromise compared to the powerful 16-inch model.
Not only does the new 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor offer better compute performance than its predecessor, but it also has improved integrated graphics as well. The Intel Iris Plus Graphics that features in Intel’s 10th generation chips is a big leap over previous generations, with Apple claiming that it offers 80% faster performance when it comes to 4K editing and faster rendering. It also now allows the MacBook Pro 13-inch to connect to Apple’s Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution.
The MacBook Pro 13-inch 2020’s battery life is really strong given all the power you’re getting under the hood. It has a 58 watt-hour battery (and a slightly larger 58.2 watt-hour in the entry-level model). This should offer 10 hours of battery life, which is around the same that the previous model promised. Unless you do some very intensive tasks, like video editing and rendering, the new MacBook Pro 13-inch should last around an entire work day without needing a charge.
Apple did address a couple of customer concerns that are sure to make the MacBook-loving populace stand up and cheer. Moreover, the MacBook Pro 13 still has an advantage over many other subnotebooks when it comes to the performance, because there is no big drop even under sustained workloads.The new Magic keyboard with the longer key travel will probably attract more customers. Overall, with its useful improvements, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is sure to be a crowd pleaser with students or creative professionals.
Learn more: https://www.apple.com/in/macbook-pro-13/