The MacBook Pro 2020 is now available to buy, packing everything that made 2019’s 16-inch MacBook Pro great into a sleek 13-inch ultrabook design.
The keyboard arguably sees the most exciting upgrade, with Apple finally ditching the controversial butterfly switches in favour of the new scissor switches, resulting in deeper and more satisfying key presses.
Apple has also introduced the new Intel 10th Generation processors to the 13-inch MacBook range. However, you have to pay at least £1799 for this CPU refresh, which is an pleasant surprise given most Windows laptops feature 10th Gen chips for hundreds of pounds less. Buy the the £1299 base model instead, and you’ll be stuck with Intel’s outdated 8th Gen CPU.
One feature that didn’t survive the jump from the rumour mill was a larger 14-inch screen, as many theorised Apple would slim down the bezel in order to accommodate more screen space. We still expect Apple to make this move, but we may have to wait until 2021 for the upgrade.
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MacBook Pro 2020 release date – When will it launch?
You can buy the MacBook Pro 2020 right now from the online Apple store.
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MacBook Pro 2020 price – How much will it cost?
The 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 has a £1299 starting price, featuring Intel’s 8th Generation i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage.
If you want a configuration with Intel’s 10th Generation i5 processor, you’ll have to spend at least £1799. That will also bag you 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD.
If you’re thirsty for maximum power, you can buy a configuration with Intel’s 10th Generation i7 processor, 32GB RAM and a 4TB SSD for an eye-watering £3599. That will be overkill for the majority of people, though.
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MacBook Pro 2020 keyboard
The MacBook Pro 2020 has been updated with the Magic Keyboard, which features the new scissor mechanism for improved 1mm key travel for a more comfortable typing experience.
The MacBook Pro 16 saw an identical upgrade when it launched in 2019, so this comes as no surprise. Still, it’s great to Apple ditching the Butterfly switches, which have been heavily criticised for lacking decent key travel.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro also features a Touch Bar and Touch ID while introducing a physical Escape key too.
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MacBook Pro 2020 display
The MacBook Pro 2020 had widely been expected to see a new 14-inch screen size by slimming down the bezel. Unfortunately, this has not been the case, with Apple sticking to the 13-inch panel instead.
Not much is new here, with Apple opting for the usual 2560 x 1600 resolution, with a claimed 500-nit brightness and wide P3 colour coverage. Apple has consistently made excellent screens for its laptops, so we expect no different here.
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MacBook Pro 2020 performance
Apple has finally equipped the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel’s 10th Generation processors, but there’s a big catch – the entry-level configurations are still sporting the 8th generation chips, so you’ll have to pay at least £1799 for the pleasure.
If you do stump up the cash, the Ice Lake processor will allow you to dabble with casual gaming and video editing work without being lumbered with the weight a graphics card typically brings. If you’d rather have a discrete graphics card for more GPU power, you’ll need to buy the 16-inch MacBook Pro instead.
The entry-level MacBook Pro also sees 8GB RAM, but that can be upgraded up to 16GB or 32GB. Apple is also offering a lot of storage options, starting off at 256GB and climbing all the way up to an incredible 4TB if you throw enough cash Apple’s way.