MacBook Pro 2020: Familiar Design with Upgraded Performance

During its online presentation on Tuesday evening, Apple unveiled the new MacBook Pro with its brand new chip called M1. This in-house chip will equip the 13-inch model with extended battery life and more graphics performances, all in an identical design.

In fact, Apple has decided to use its new M1 chip in as many of its products as possible. During its presentation, the Californian company unveiled the new 13-inch MacBook Pro equipped with the new ARM M1 Soc, alongside with the Mac mini and MacBook Air.

A PRODUCT TO SEDUCE CREATIVES

By taking advantage of the power deployed by the M1 chip with its 8-core processor (4 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores), the MacBook Pro 13 ″ wants to appeal to developers or creatives working on photo, video or music software by promising performance three times faster than the competition; as well as a more efficient graphics and applications speed for creating code or rendering 3D content.

The Apple M1 chip will be able to rely on an 8-core GPU to perfectly run video games or greedy applications, and the Neural Engine to facilitate use over time thanks to machine learning.

SAME DESIGN, MORE ENDURANCE AND PERFORMANCES

Apple decided to preserve the design of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which retains the TouchBar, large touchpad and weight under 1.5 kg. However, the mics were upgraded to accommodate three “studio-grade” mics found on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. This will be used in particular for multiple video calls. Luckly, we still find the 3.5mm headphone jack. The M1 chip also brings its advanced ISP technology to the FaceTime camera to improve quality in low light in particular.

The new MacBook Pro features a 13.3-inch Retina display (2560 x 1600 pixes, 227 ppi) with brightness up to 500 nits. The Touch ID sensor for fingerprint recognition is always present on the Touch Bar located above the keyboard. Apple has also equipped this new MacBook with a new cooling system.

The M1 chip will also provide the MacBook Pro 13″ with new possibilities by allowing to run applications designed for iPhone or iPad. It will also take advantage of the universal applications of macOS Big Sur – the new MacBook OS – which will be able to run on Macs equipped with Intel chipsets as well as the new M1 Soc.

Besides, Apple didn’t forget about autonomy for its new MacBook Pro, in fact it announced up to 20h of video viewing (17h of surfing the internet), making the 13-inch MacBook Pro “the most enduring Mac of Apple “. This is one of the specificities of the M1 chip which promises significantly improved energy efficiency and therefore better battery life.

The MacBook Pro 13 ″ natively packs 8 GB of RAM and up to 16 GB in in the highest version and a 256 GB SSD (and up to 2 TB as an option). It still relies on two Thunderbolts ports now supporting USB 4, including connecting a 6K display like Apple’s Pro Display XDR. It is also Wi-Fi 6 ready and has Bluetooth 5.0 technology.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 will be available in silver or space gray from $1,299. Pre-orders begin this Tuesday evening and the product will be in stores starting next week.


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