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Get started with Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020: keyboard and performance are the biggest highlights

May 8th news, recently, Apple officially launched a new 13-inch MacBook Pro notebook, like the previous 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple did not hold a press conference this time but updated directly on the official website. Compared with the previous generation products, the overall change of the 13-inch new MacBook Pro is not much. It mainly upgrades the Intel 10th-generation Core processor. The keyboard is replaced by a scissor-type keyboard. The foreign media Macrumors brings the 13-inch new MacBook Pro. Experience, Sina Digital will compile for you.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro has always been one of Apple’s best notebooks, but users’ feedback on the butterfly keyboard is not particularly good, which has affected the reputation of the MacBook Pro to a certain extent. So this time, the 13-inch MacBook Pro did not upgrade the 13-inch screen to 14 inches as expected but focused on the keyboard and configuration.

Like the new MacBook Air, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro canceled the butterfly keyboard and switched to a wonderful keyboard with a traditional scissor key.

Another major improvement of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the use of Intel’s tenth-generation Core processor. However, the low-end models of MacBook Pro are still equipped with eighth-generation processors, starting at $ 1,299. If you have relatively high performance requirements, you can buy a 13-inch MacBook Pro equipped with a ten-generation processor for $ 1799.

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▲ 13-inch new MacBook Pro

Design maintains the previous level

From a design perspective, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro looks the same as the 2019 model because Apple has not made any external changes except for the new keyboard. It continues to use the same 13-inch body, which many people are a bit disappointed because there are rumors that there is a 14-inch version.

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▲ The design is basically the same as the previous generation product

Apple chose to keep the MacBook Pro ’s display size at 13 inches, the new model ’s body size is 0.59 x 11.97 x 8.36 inches, and the body weighs 3.1 pounds, the same as the previous version. At the same time, because Apple has not updated the shape design of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, it retains the thicker borders of the previous generation products.

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▲ The border is still so thick

The interface is the same as the previous version. Low-end models have only two Thunderbolt 3 input ports and a headphone jack, while models priced at $ 1799 and above are equipped with four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

It is worth noting that high-end ‌MacBook Pro models with four Thunderbolt 3 ports can now support 6K Pro Display XDR displays, but low-end models with only two Thunderbolt 3 ports are limited to one 5K or two 4K displays.

The display of the 13-inch new MacBook Pro has not changed, and the 13.3-inch retina display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 is used as in the previous version. In this regard, macrumors editors believe that many people will be disappointed that Apple will keep the panel at 13.3 inches instead of increasing to 14 inches.

In fact, there is no regrets. After all, the screen of the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro is very good-it has a wide color gamut and a brightness of up to 500 nits. Use it well.

Magic keyboard is the biggest highlight

The biggest highlight of the 13-inch new MacBook Pro is the new magic keyboard. The previously controversial “butterfly keyboard” has finally become history, because the 13-inch new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air have already adopted the magic control of the scissors keys. keyboard.

▲ The magic keyboard is the biggest highlight

The Miaokong keyboard has a redesigned scissor mechanism with 1mm key travel, which provides a comfortable and stable key feel, and the new inverted “T” shaped arrow key structure allows users to browse spreadsheets or play games Are easier to find them. Another improvement is that the magic keyboard also has a physical Esc button

In actual use, the wonderful keyboard can bring a more comfortable and stable operating experience than the butterfly keyboard.

Performance and battery life

The highest version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro can be equipped with a 10-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of memory, and 4TB of storage space. This processor should be a 10nm Ice Lake processor, which means it will be equipped with integrated graphics. The performance may not be as good as a notebook equipped with a 14-nanometer Comet Lake processor.

Previously, the 13-inch MacBook Pro had the highest Core i5 processor available, so these new specifications represent a huge leap in performance. Interestingly, the entry-level MacBook Pro is still equipped with outdated eighth-generation Intel processors.

▲ Geekbench performance test score

At present, the Geekbench performance test results of the new 13-inch new MacBook Pro have been released. The basic 13-inch MacBook Pro is still equipped with the same 1.4GHz quad-core eighth-generation Core i5 processor as the previous generation, with average scores of 933 and 3952 for single-core and multi-core, respectively.

The high-end 13-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with a 2.0GHz quad-core 10th-generation Core i5 processor. The average score of single-core and multi-core is 1236 points and 4455 points, 16.5% faster than the basic version. At the same time, the performance is 14% higher than the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro (Intel’s eighth-generation 2.4GHz quad-core processor).

The highest-end 13-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with a 2.3GHz quad-core 10th-generation Core i7 processor, and its benchmark results have not yet appeared.

In terms of battery life, Apple claims that the 13-inch new MacBook Pro has a battery life of up to 10 hours. At present, we do not know how it actually performs in battery testing. If it is really as Apple said, this will be a good endurance performance.

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▲ A conservative update

Summary: a conservative update

Although the new MacBook Pro 13 contains fewer upgrades than the older models, it also eliminates the butterfly keyboard while improving performance, and uses a more reliable and comfortable keyboard.

Another upgrade to the 13-inch new MacBook Pro is equipped with a ten-generation Intel Core processor, up to i7, but this requires you to spend extra money.

Overall, the new MacBook Pro seems to be a conservative update, but it may be able to impress some of the “fruit powder.”

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