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 to 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. Let’s see what new things it has to offer!
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is a high-performance macOS workhorse
On first look, the outward appearance reveals, that the chassis is the same as before. It has 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 the refreshed model attempts 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. It debuted in 2015 alongside the Magic Keyboard.
The move from Apple is viewed as one of the most significant changes to its laptop line ever. 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.
MacBook Pro Keyboard Design
On many occasions, users complained that it was just not possible to work with the keyboard as it mistakenly registered double press. Sometimes, it even caused MacBooks to miss keystrokes.
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.
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.
MacBook Pro Security Standards
Mac’s security and privacy settings are something that has been for long, praised and admired. The the13-inch Pro model is no different in this regard. It is equipped with the Apple T2 Security Chip, the company’s own custom-designed second-generation silicon.
The chip delivers the most secure boot process and storage on any computer. It also ensures that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with. You also get on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD.
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 or entering a password, their information remains safe.
Like every new MacBook Pro, the 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with macOS Catalina. It is the successor to macOS Mojave and houses security features that keep users better protected.
MacBook Pro Performance Comparison
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.
Users who have decided to switch to a 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. Besides, it renders a pleasing experience for design and editing workflows.
It’s not close to OLED but that hardly matters. Why? OLED is more suited for small phone-sized displays and big TV-sized displays than tablet and laptop-sized displays. That said, people who edit videos and photos will still appreciate the change.
MacBook Pro Sound
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. That’s not all! There’s still a 3.5mm headphone jack if you or your workflow demands it.
Weight of the MacBook Pro
The MacBook Pro weighs around 0.3 lbs which makes it the perfect choice for users who wish to work with a lightweight workhorse 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 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.
Hope that makes sense!