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MacBook Pro 2020: MacBook Air release adds fuel to the Ice Lake fire

Wherefore art thou, MacBook Pro 2020? Fans of the 13-inch version of Apple’s flagship laptop still eagerly await a reveal of the new device – with any official details yet to be revealed and the cruel tease of the MacBook Pro 16 and MacBook Air 2020 being released in the intervening months. 

Those wanting to know what the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 will look like are likely to be watching on in envy as its larger sibling and more student-friendly cousin gained features that many have cried out for since the last version of the 13-inch.

Both of these new devices dealt with one of the most publicised and loathed Apple design choices of recent years — the butterfly switch keyboard. In light of the upgrade, there’s been plenty of rumours and reports regarding the switcheroo coming to a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. The same goes for a new size display, with the 16-inch MacBook Pro being bumped up an inch from its 15-inch predecessor while still remaining in the same form-factor.

Whether we end up with a 14-inch MacBook Pro, a much-improved keyboard or a surprise feature that no one even guessed at, there’s a ton of info that needs dissecting. Thankfully, we here at Trusted Reviews have brought together all the details you need to know deciphering the speculation from the trusted reports. Read on for a full guide on what to expect from this year’s MacBook Pro.

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MacBook Pro 2020 release date – When will it launch?

There’s no specific release date yet for a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) has reportedly said that he expects a release in Q2 of this year.

A Q2 release date would line up with last year’s MacBook Pro refresh which occurred in May 2019. A refreshed MacBook Air is also expected to be released alongside the revamped 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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MacBook Pro 2020 price – How much will it cost?

The MacBook Pro 2020 price is unconfirmed – with the release of the laptop itself not yet announced.

With rumours of a significant display upgrade (via analyst Ming-Chi Kuo), we could be set for a price rise – however, this remains speculation at this stage.

Conversely, Apple is known for keeping the prices of new models the same as the previous generation – having refrained from lowering the cost throughout the products lifecycle.

The current 13-inch MacBook Pro pricing begins at £1299 for the 1.4GHz processor model with the 2.4GHz version starting at £1799.

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MacBook Pro 2020 keyboard

MacBook Pro 13 2019

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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MacBook Pro 2020 display

A report from Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac) has reiterated the notion that the MacBook Pro 2020 will feature a new 14.1-inch display.

Along with the change in screen size, Kuo says Apple is set to adopt new Mini LED display technology across a variety of its products – including the new 14.1-inch MacBook Pro. Mini LED enables the development of thinner and lighter devices with little effect on screen quality.

The rumours and analyst reports of this change are widespread and come from some notable sources. However, it must be noted that Apple exec Phil Schiller appeared to somewhat contradict these rumours by suggesting customers shouldn’t extrapolate the reasoning behind the bigger screen on the MacBook Pro 16-inch down to the smaller model. 

Schiller’s meaning isn’t crystal clear though, and that’s why the 14-inch rumours show no sign of slowing down.

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MacBook Pro 2020 performance

Apple’s current 13-inch MacBook Pro is lagging in the processor stakes, sporting an Intel 8th Gen processor. Thankfully, a new leak has further reaffirmed what many already believed – that 10th Gen Ice Lake processors are coming to MacBook Pro 2020.

The recent release of the MacBook Air 2020, which sports the 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake specs, further adds weight to the notion that the new 2020 MacBook Pro model is sure to adopt these latest chips.

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.

While it should maybe be reserved for a piece on a MacBook 2021, Apple has long been expected to release an ARM-based MacBook and a report this week from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reaffirmed that it’s on the horizon.

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