Apple has just announced the update of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with its Magic Keyboard. The brand also promises improvements in performance and new technical specifications.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro features mostly new scissor-type keys, marking the end of the MacBook’s butterfly keyboard era.
The release issued yesterday by Cupertino around the 13-inch MacBook Pro puts an end to weeks of speculation and rumors of all kinds.
While many commentators were announcing a new 14-inch MacBook Pro, the big news of the day is the elimination of its controversial butterfly keyboard.
The news wasn’t exactly a surprise given Apple’s recent keyboard policy, such as the new Magic Keyboard that has been part of its new MacBook Air since March, but it’s already starting to generate a lot of reaction online.
In view of the reactions aroused by this news, we can speak of relief for some users (I include myself because I am currently writing this article from a MacBook Pro with the famous keyboard in question).
Launched in 2015 on the 12-inch MacBook in order to produce thinner laptops, the butterfly-type keyboards have never ceased to attract strong criticism from users.
There is a long list of people complaining of recurring problems with the butterfly keyboard over the years, including keys that register twice when pressed once, or keys that do not work at all when press it.
Apple seems to have thrown its much-criticized keyboard into oblivion and now offers a MacBook Pro with the following features:
- 13.3-inch Retina display with 2560×1600 resolution
- 256 GB storage capacity
- Apple T2 Security Chip
- MacOS Catalina + classic applications (Safari, Mail, Photos, Pages, Numbers, etc.)
- Faster memory of 16GB at 3733 MHz is now standard on some models, and for the first time on a 13-inch Mac laptop, customers can choose a 32GB memory option.
- The 13-inch MacBook Pro line now offers up to the 10th generation of quad-core Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.1 GHz.
- The 13-inch MacBook Pro now offers twice the storage capacity of the previous generation, with standard storage ranging from 256GB to 1TB, allowing customers to store even more photos, videos, and files.
- The Magic Keyboard features a redesigned scissor mechanism with 1mm keystroke for a comfortable and stable feel. The new inverted “T” layout of the arrow keys makes them easier to find when users are searching for information on spreadsheets or playing games. Magic Keyboard also features a physical escape key, as well as a touch bar and touch identification feature.
All in all, the new MacBook Pro appears to be a modest refresh of the 2019 version, except for the new Magic Keyboard.
It’s interesting to note that this update comes at a time when rumors of major new features are becoming more and more pressing due to the brand’s processor capabilities.
For the time being, Apple remains within its guidelines despite the corrections made to the keyboard, as confirmed by Tom Boger, Apple’s Senior Director of Product Marketing for Mac and iPad:
Whether you’re a student, developer, or creative professional, the 13-inch MacBook Pro delivers powerful performance, a stunning Retina display, and all-day battery life in our most portable professional notebook. Today we’re adding the new Magic Keyboard, which doubles standard storage capacity and improves performance, making the 13-inch MacBook Pro an even better product for our customers. With these updates, our entire notebook line-up now features the Magic Keyboard for the best typing experience ever offered on a Mac notebook, offers twice the standard storage capacity as before, and delivers even more performance.
This release comes just after Apple launched a MacBook Air with its new Magic Keyboard last March.
You can find the new product on the official website of the brand for a starting price of 1499 euros.
According to recent rumors, Apple has new plans for its MacBook range in the near future.
In particular, we will follow whether or not Cupertino manages to develop a first laptop running on its own chips instead of Intel’s, like its iPad and iPhones.
In any case, the annoying butterfly keyboard is no more and this is very good news for many users around the world.