Today, in something of a surprise move, Apple announced the updated 13" MacBook Pro. The update itself isn’t a huge surprise—rather, it’s the timing, with this new model arriving earlier than many of us expected. Despite its sudden arrival, the new MacBook Pro does come with notable upgrades, including one many of us have been waiting for: the new Magic Keyboard.
By now, the issues with Apple’s butterfly keyboards are so well known, it’s not worth rehashing. However, if you’re unaware of what those issues are, here’s a summary of the general sentiment toward them: People don’t like them. It’s more complicated and nuanced than that but, ultimately, that’s what it boils down to. Conversely, people love (or very much like) Apple’s new Magic Keyboard. It’s widely credited with being an excellent typing experience and having a logical design and layout—basically everything the butterfly keyboard isn’t. And now it’s in the new 13" MacBook Pro, which means you’re going to get the best keyboard experience Apple has to offer.
Of course, the Magic Keyboard isn’t the 13" MacBook Pro’s only selling point. The latest model also features double the amount of storage across all variants—meaning the base model starts at 256GB and goes all the way up to 1TB. With an optional 10th-gen quad-core Intel® processor, the MacBook Pro delivers nearly three times the performance speed of its dual-core predecessor, as well as substantially faster performance for graphically intense tasks like 4K video editing and rendering, smoother gameplay, and more. On top of all that, select models of the new 13" MacBook Pro will include 16GB of Apple’s faster 3733 MHz memory, with the option of up to 32GB of memory—a first for the 13" MacBook Pro laptop.
The new 13" MacBook Pro’s other notable features are similar to highlights we’ve seen in other models, including the Retina display, Touch Bar, Touch ID secure login, and many more. It’s too soon to tell, but at first glance, the new MacBook Pro looks like the laptop a lot of us have been waiting for. It’s portable enough to take anywhere, it has a great screen and enough power to handle most demands, and it offers one of the top-rated laptop keyboards on the market. We’ll know more once we get our hands on one, but in the meantime, color us excited.
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