Apple announces new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard-Double SSD Storage

Update: It's official. Apple has launched the MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch), which gains the Magic Keyboard and starts at $1,299. Our original story is below.

Yet another MacBook Pro 2020 leak is making the rounds online, this time suggesting that Apple's next premium laptop could get a notable power boost — and possibly a new display size.

Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro marks the end of the infamous butterfly mechanism keyboard.

The butterfly mechanism keyboard caused Apple to face countless criticism, which included flak from some revered users of MacBook Pro. Apple began phasing out the butterfly keyboard last year with the 16-inch MacBook Pro, followed by the 2019 version of MacBook Air. The Magic Keyboard has also been launched for the latest iPad Pro models, along with support for trackpad in the iPadOS 13.4. The entire MacBook line-up has bid goodbye to the butterfly mechanism keyboard now.

Key Points

  • Apple launched a new 13-inch MacBook Pro on Monday with a redesigned Magic Keyboard, double the storage space, and better performance with 10th-generation processors.
  • The 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 for consumers and $1,199 for education.
  • Preorders begin today, and shipments will begin going out later this week. 

Apple also doubled the storage space of the solid-state drive from the previous generation, with the base model now starting at 256GB and standard configurations going up to 1TB. If that’s still not enough, you can upgrade your SSD storage up to 4TB, though it will cost you an extra $1,000 on top of the base price.

8GB of RAM is the starting point for the two cheapest models, 16GB for the other two, with the option of bumping that up to 16GB and 32GB respectively.

Apple is offering the new 13-inch MacBook Pro in four different price configurations: $1,299, $1,499, $1,799, and $1,999 (education prices start at $1,199).

The Magic Keyboard uses a refined scissor mechanism that is expected to be more reliable than the butterfly keyboard that was prone to failure. The keyboard offers up 1mm of key travel and features a "more responsive key press."

Design wise, Apple has updated the Magic Keyboard to feature a physical Escape key instead of the virtual key on the Touch Bar, along with a separate Touch ID button and an inverted "T" arrangement for the arrow keys. Like the 13-inch MacBook Pro, it continues to offer a Touch Bar.

A T2 chip continues to offer enhanced security with secure boot and on-the-fly encrypted storage along with support for hands-free Hey Siri commands. All day 10 hour battery life is available in the 13-inch MacBook Pro, while the 16-inch model offers an 11 hour battery life with a 100Wh battery, the largest ever in a Mac notebook.

You can purchase the new MacBook Pro models in Silver or Space Gray. Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ac WiFi, and a 720p FaceTime HD Camera are other included features.

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