15 June 2020
As rumored, Apple has refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro with new hardware and keyboard. It made the announcement via a press release as launch events have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While most of the changes are incremental, the biggest change is the arrival of the Magic Keyboard that replaces the notorious butterfly keyboard.
The all-new MacBook Pro sports a 13-inch LED-backlit IPS display with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution. This is the same display panel as the previous model and offers a peak brightness of 500 nits and 227ppi pixel density. Under the hood, it offers up to 10th Gen Intel Core processors with clock speed up to 4.1GHz. The premium model comes loaded with 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM (upgradeable to 32GB) and 512GB of SSD storage.
It will come with integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics claimed to deliver an 80% performance boost in graphics processing. This should result in faster video rendering, 4K video editing, and gaming. It further brings full compatibility with 6K resolution on the Pro Display XDR. There is an Apple T2 Security Chip to offer an extra layer of safety from malicious attacks and encryption support for data stored on SSD. And yes, it also has Touch Bar with Apple Pay support for making online payments.
Apple has priced the new 13-inch MacBook Pro at $1,299 for the base model in the United States. It will cost $100 cheaper if purchased under the education scheme. It is already available for purchase via Apple's website and Apple Store application. For those who would prefer to get it from a physical store, the availability will begin later this week.