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MacBook Pro 2020: Apple to give the 13-inch a glow up

MacBook Pro 2020 looks set to be a refresh of the smaller 13-inch model of the popular macOS device – following the rejigged MacBook Pro 16-inch towards the end of last year.

Apple likes to release 13-inch and 15-inch of the MacBook Pro at regular intervals but 2019 saw that all change for the larger model. The MacBook Pro 16-inch got some big, and welcome, changes. Fans of the smaller MacBook Pro are now crying out for the new features to be brought down to their preferred form factor.

One big difference – according to a report from Forbes – could see the new MacBook Pro 2020 mimic the reimagining of the 16-inch version. The change would see a new 14-inch display squeezed into the current 13-inch build.

Much of the rumours around the new MacBook Pro remain just that and some have already been called into question – so read on for all the latest details on the new 13-inch design.

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MacBook Pro 13 2019

MacBook Pro 13 2019

MacBook Pro 2020 release date – When will it launch? 

The MacBook Pro 2020 is yet to be given an official release date.

Rumours and analyst comments have pointed towards a release in Q2 of 2020. However, some have speculated an earlier release date could be possible – reflecting the MacBook Pro refresh that occurred in May 2019.

MacBook Pro 2020 price – How much will it cost? 

The MacBook Pro 2020 remains unconfirmed – meaning the price is still up in the air.

Apple has a long-running trend of keeping prices the same when it refreshes a product. The lack of movement in price follows Apple not discounting the product at all between its launch and the release of a new version.

The current MacBook Pro 13-inch starts at £1299 for the 1.4GHz processor base model. The 2.4GHz model begins at £1799.

MacBook Pro 2020 keyboard 

Apple fans have been long crying out for an updated keyboard. Thankfully, the company obliged with the recently released MacBook Pro 16-inch. Fans of the smaller MacBook Pro 13-inch will now be hoping the change makes its way down in 2020.

The technology saw Apple seemingly give up on its butterfly switch keyboard and return to a scissor switch-based version – called the Magic Keyboard.

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Apple MacBook keyboard

MacBook Pro 2020 design 

The biggest visual change that’s expected for the MacBook Pro 2020 is the screen. The 16-inch MacBook Pro saw the old 15.6-inch MacBook Pro get its screen size bumped up without enlarging the body.

The subtle yet impactful change was owed to slimmer bezels on the new MacBook Pro – making for a more stylish device.

This change led to rumours ramping up that the new MacBook Pro 13-inch would, in fact, become an MacBook Pro 14-inch.

However, Apple’s very own Phil Schiller seemed to shut down those rumours by suggesting customers shouldn’t extrapolate the reasoning behind the bigger screen on the MacBook Pro 16-inch down to the smaller model.

MacBook Pro 16

MacBook Pro 16

While a bigger screen may not be happening, it would seem strange for Apple to release a new 13-inch MacBook Pro without bezels as trimmed down as its larger sibling. Could this mean we get a MacBook Pro in a traditionally 12-inch body but with a new slim bezel 13-inch display? This remains pure speculation at this point.

One feature MacBook Pro 13 fans will be hoping trickles down to the 2020 model will be the new speakers. Apple really upped the ante on the sound quality on the MacBook Pro 16-inch and smaller laptop enthusiasts won’t want to miss out.

Another big rumour is that Apple could be looking towards Mini-LED for its display technology going forward. However, if it is to make its debut this year as some analysts have suggested, it seems like it would crop up on a MacBook Pro 16-inch refresh later in the year rather than a 13-inch MacBook Pro this year.

Other rumours have suggested a better battery could be on the way alongside a FaceID capable camera and WiFi but these all remain unconfirmed.

MacBook Pro 2020 performance 

The current 13-inch MacBook Pro is still sporting Intel’s 8th Gen processors so it seems likely a MacBook Pro 2020 will be upgraded to the latest 10th Gen Ice Lake processors.

All other specs options will likely remain similar to what is on offer now. There is the possibility that Apple could drop the 128GB base model for the refresh with some believing that to be a little too small of a storage solution for modern users.

There have been hushed rumours for some time that Apple intends to eventually bring its ARM-based A-series chips to its laptop line but – like the Surface Pro X showed – ARM far from seems ready for a decent desktop experience so it’s unlikely this will come to the MacBook Pro anytime soon.

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