All new 13-inch MacBook Pro- The high-performance rendering macOS workhorse

May 14, 2020

Almost 2 weeks earlier, Apple unveiled the most recent iteration of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. And we are happy to see that the Cupertino-giant has made some very modest revisions in the existing 13-inch MacBook Pro designs. The redesigned MacBook sports a sleek aluminum unibody design with a stunning Retina display. And in addition to the Touch Bar with dynamic and contextual controls, the machine comes packed with some high-performance and very advanced technologies.

13-inch MacBook Pro

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is a high-performance macOS workhorse

On first look, the outward appearance reveals, the chassis is the same as before, with the same built quality and similar finishes – silver or space gray. It still uses the industry-best Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and Multi-Touch navigation. But this time, the refreshed model has attempted to address one of the biggest concerns seen in the last-gen model - the Butterfly keyboard. Apple has finally retired its old and unreliable keyboard model – The butterfly keyboard debuted in 2015 with the Magic Keyboard.

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The move from Apple is viewed as one of the most significant changes to its laptop line ever when it switched from scissor-switch keyboards to its homegrown butterfly keyboard. While those keys enabled Apple to reduce the thickness of its MacBooks and create a somewhat visually appealing system, it made typing an uncomfortable experience. On many occasions, users complained that it was just not possible to work with the keyboard as it mistakenly registered double press and sometimes, even caused MacBooks to miss keystrokes.

MacBook Pro Keyboard
MacBook Pro Keyboard

The Magic Keyboard overcomes these inconveniences with springier keys. It features a redesigned scissor mechanism with 1mm of key travel. This arrangement offers a comfortable and stable key feel. Also, the new inverted-‘T’ alignment for the arrow keys makes them easier to spot, while navigating busily or hastily through games.

MacBook Pro Touch bar
MacBook Pro Touch bar

In addition to the above, there’s a dedicated Escape key on the top-left along with Touch Bar and Touch ID, for a keyboard, capable of delivering the best typing experience ever experienced on a Mac notebook.

Mac's security and privacy settings are something that has been for a long, praised and admired. The the13-inch Pro model is no different in this regard, but it is equipped with the Apple T2 Security Chip, the company’s own custom-designed second-generation silicon. It ensures that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with and provides on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD. This capability makes the MacBook Pro and any Mac with the T2 chip deliver the most secure boot process and storage on any computer.

MacBook Touch ID Button
MacBook Touch ID Button

The T2 chip also keeps the Touch ID information stored in it safe and secure. So, it doesn’t matter, whether customers are unlocking their Mac, entering a password related to their banking details, or making online purchases, their information remains safe.

Like every new MacBook Pro, the 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with macOS Catalina, the latest major release of macOS, Apple's desktop operating system for Macintosh computers. It is the successor to macOS Mojave and houses security features that keep users better protected.

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How fast is the new MacBook? Well, with the latest 10th-generation processors, the 13-inch MacBook Pro delivers up to 80 percent faster graphics performance for 4K video editing, faster rendering, and smoother gameplay. The $1,799 MacBook Pro with a 2.0GHz Core i5 10th-generation Intel chip runs almost 17 percent faster than the entry-level 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro with an 8th Gen 1.4GHz Core i5 processor.

MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro

Users who have decided to step up to the more powerful version of the MacBook Pro will find a 13-inch Retina display, a visual treat. It delivers more than 4 million pixels and millions of colors, along with 500 nits of brightness and support for the P3 wide color gamut. The support for True Tone technology (balancing the white onscreen to match the color temperature of the light around you) makes the display look even more natural and renders a pleasing experience for design and editing workflows.

It's not close to OLED but that hardly matters since, OLED is more suited for small phone-sized displays and big TV-sized displays than a tablet and laptop-sized displays, especially when consistent brightness levels are considered. That said, people who edit videos and photos will still appreciate the change.

In terms of sound quality, the MacPro (13-inch) ships with speakers that promise incredibly immersive wide-stereo sound. There are 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports that can support the 6K Pro Display XDR. The lower-end models on the other hand, with just two Thunderbolt 3 ports are limited to one 5K or two 4K displays. We bet, you can’t get better sound quality than what you may experience on a similarly priced other laptop brand, resting on your desk.

That’s not all! There's still a 3.5mm headphone jack if you or your workflow demands it.

The Pro weighs around 0.3 lbs which makes it the perfect choice if you want a lightweight workhorse to do some multitasking operations or some photo and video editing work without slowing down. In terms of battery life, Apple promises 10 hours of web surfing but with the usual workload, this strength may barely last up to or beyond 5 hours.

Final words – At a hefty price tag of $3,599, the higher-priced model with a 10th-generation Intel quad-core i7 2.3GHz processor, 32GB of RAM, and 4TB of storage might appear expensive. The pricing may even prompt buyers to go with something close to the iMac Pro price point still, it will be a difficult task to beat the portability of this machine with that amount of power.

Although the device appears good in many senses it has one shortfall– the fanning sound. It can be a cause of mild irritation or little annoyance, especially when editing photos for a story. We can’t blame Apple for this inconvenience since the fans need to spin to keep the processor cool and the computer running.

In any event, if you’re planning to upgrade your old Apple laptop with the new one, do read this post to make a more informed decision. To know more about all its variants and other specifications and features, visit Apple.com.

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