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Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard, twice the storage

Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard and doubled the storage across all standard configurations.

The new lineup also offers 10th-generation processors for up to 80% faster graphics performance and makes 16GB of faster 3733MHz memory standard on select configurations. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is available to order today, starting at US$1,299, and $1,199 for education.

The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro now features the new Magic Keyboard, first introduced on the 16-inch MacBook Pro and added to MacBook Air in March. The keyboard features a redesigned scissor mechanism with 1mm of key travel for a comfortable and stable key feel, while the new inverted-“T” arrangement for the arrow keys makes them easier to find, according to Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing.The Magic Keyboard also features a physical Escape key, along with Touch Bar and Touch ID.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro now comes with double the storage of the previous generation, with standard storage starting at 256GB all the way up to 1TB. For pro users who need even more storage capacity, you can order one with a 4TB SSD (though this will cost you an extra $1,200).

The 13-inch MacBook Pro lineup now offers up to 10th-generation quad-core Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.1GHz. Boger says that customers who are upgrading from a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a dual-core processor will see up to 2.8 times faster performance. The integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics deliver up to 80% faster performance over the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro for 4K video editing, faster rendering, and smoother gamepla, he adds. The new graphics also enable users to connect to Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution.

16GB of faster 3733MHz memory is now offered as a standard configuration on select models. For the first time on a 13-inch Mac notebook, customers can choose a 32GB memory option. 

The laptop’s 13-inch Retina display delivers more than 4 million pixels and millions of colors, along with 500 nits of brightness and support for the P3 wide color gamut. With True Tone technology, the display offers a more natural viewing experience for design and editing workflows, as well as for everyday tasks such as browsing the web and writing email, says Boger. 

The 13-inch MacBook Pro also comes with speakers that provide iwide-stereo sound, Touch ID for login and secure online purchases, Touch Bar with dynamic and contextual controls, and the Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and Multi-Touch navigation.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with the Apple T2 Security Chip, Apple’s own custom-designed second-generation silicon, which checks to ensure that software loaded during the boot process hasn’t been tampered with and provides on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.