At the moment, there is no 14-inch Apple MacBook. However, Apple has just announced the update of its 13-inch laptop, the new Apple MacBook 13. The screen continues to remain at 13.3 ″ with a native resolution of 2560 x 1600 with 227 pixels per inch. In addition to this resolution, it highlights a brightness of 500 nits, a wide color gamut P3, and True Tone technology.
As we already saw in the 16 “MacBook Pro, this new MacBook says goodbye to the controversial butterfly keyboards and bets on the new ‘Magic Keyboard’ with the scissor-switch mechanism.
The New MacBook Pro redesign
Without a doubt, one of the problems presented by the previous generation of this MacBook Pro was the keyboard. As they did with the MacBook Pro 16 ″, in this new generation, we see the main change in the key mechanism.
The butterfly keyboard has given many problems throughout all these years, and that is why Apple has decided to include the scissor-switch mechanism. This is identical to the one found in the Magic Keyboard included in the iMac. With this new scissor-switch keyboard, we will have a greater displacement of the key and also cleaning is guaranteed to avoid having to change the entire keyboard if dirt enters under a key.
Despite this change in the mechanism, the Touch Bar and Touch ID are still kept on top of the keyboard. With these two technologies, we will be much more productive when it comes to surfing the internet or using professional applications compatible with this feature.
You May Choose 8th or 10th Gen Intel Configuration
In addition to these aesthetic changes in both the size of the screen or the keyboard, we must mention the renewal of the processors. This is normal when a new generation of MacBook is coming.
Since this type of equipment is indicated for professional users, you should always have the best processor available. This time, we talk about the tenth generation Intel that we already saw in the 2020 MacBook Air.
It is interesting to note that this time, we have a better processor than the 16 ″ MacBook Pro that includes a ninth-generation one. This is because the time distance between the two releases has forced the inclusion of a more current processor than in the larger model, and in theory, it is more premium.
This Mac includes an Intel Core i5 processor, but we can get to configure it with an Intel Core i7. Surely, you remember the temperature problems that this Mac suffered from this powerful processor. That is why Apple has decided to be smart and make larger ventilation openings, something we already saw in the 16 ″ models, along with a significant improvement in fans.
Specifically, we find two new processor configurations:
- 10th Gen 2.0 GHz Quad-Core i5 Intel – Turbo Boost up to 3.8 GHz.
- 10th Gen 2.3GHz Cuad-Core i7 Intel – Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz.
Although there is a possibility of having these tenth generation processors, we can also find cheaper configurations with the eighth-generation Intel Core processor. It is important to note that this is the processor that we saw in the previous generation. However, we are not talking about the same MacBook because the butterfly keyboard has changed to the Magic Keyboard. The new Macbook Pro configurations with older intel processors are:
- 1.4 GHz quad-core 8th Gen i5 Intel Processor.
- 1.7 GHz quad-core 8th Gen i7 Intel Processor.
In this generation, Apple has made a larger storage and memory configuration, starting from 256GB and 8GB of RAM. It is interesting to note that the base version has 8th generation Intel processors and LPDDR3 memory, while the most advanced models come with 10th generation Intel Core processors and 3,733 MHz and LPDDR4X RAM.
Connectivity and More
At the connectivity level, we have two or four USB C ports, depending on the model chosen. The Apple MacBook 13 comes with Dolby Atmos-compatible stereo sound and three microphones, though it doesn’t have all six 16-inch Pro speakers. For the battery, we have 58.2Wh that promise us up to 10 hours of web browsing and a 61W charger.
Your storage can be expanded up to 4TB of high-performance storage. Apple guarantees that 4K video can be edited seamlessly with it, and announces that the XDR Pro Display can be connected to it to enjoy its 6K resolution.
With the new MacBook 13, Apple seems determined to change the keyboards with the butterfly mechanism, which had many complaints from users. The new ‘Magic Keyboard’ is inspired by the keyboards of the iMac and offers a scissor-switch system. It completely changes its operation compared to previous keyboards. It is a keyboard system that provides more space between keys and extends the path up to 1 millimeter.
Finally, for the first time on a 13-inch Mac laptop, customers can choose the 32GB RAM option. This feature can be useful for faster speeds when using multiple virtual machines and 50% better performance when editing gigapixel images in Photoshop.
Versions And Price Of The New Macbook 13
The new Apple MacBook is already available to buy in the USA and some European Countries from 1,499 dollars for the version with Intel Core i5 and 256 GB of storage. These are the four base configurations and their respective prices, always available in ‘space gray’ and silver versions and expandable to the i7 version at an extra cost of 250 dollars.
- MacBook Pro 2020 with 8th generation Intel Core i5, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD: from $ 1,299.
- MacBook Pro 2020 with 8th generation Intel Core i5, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD: from $ 1,499.
- MacBook Pro 2020 with 8th generation Intel Core i5, 16 GB, 512 GB SSD: from $ 1,799.
- MacBook Pro 2020 with 8th generation Intel Core i5, 16 GB, 1 TB SSD: from $ 1,999.
Initial shipments are scheduled for delivery between May 8 and 18. Although it will depend on the demand and availability of the first stocks.
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