MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) design and ports
Unfortunately, the refreshed MacBook Pro 2020 doesn’t offer a sleek new design. It’s the same 3-pound aluminum unibody design as before. And the bezels around the display look chunky compared to the likes of the new Dell XPS 13. We’d like to see Apple redesign this laptop, but this is just a refresh.
More color options would be nice, too. The 13-inch MacBook Pro comes in the same silver and space gray options as before. The 13-inch MacBook Pro also has the same two Thunderbolt 3 ports to start, and you need to step up to the $1,799 configuration if you want four ports
MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) display
The MacBook Pro 2020 has the same Retina display as before, but it’s a good one. You get a sharp 2560 x 1600 pixels of resolution along with 500 nits of brightness, plus wide color (P3) support. The panel also supports Apple’s True Tone technology, which changes the color temperature of the display based on ambient lighting conditions.
MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) keyboard
This is easily the biggest upgrade for the MacBook Pro 2020 13-inch. Just like the MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) and MacBook Air 2020, Apple has ditched its troubled butterfly keyboard for a Magic Keyboard in this laptop. The Magic Keyboard uses a redesigned scissor mechanism with 1mm of key travel.
In our testing we’ve found the Magic Keyboard to be comfortable, fast and reliable. The layout also includes an inverted-T arrangement for the arrow keys that makes them easier to find. The Touch Bar is still here, too, along with a Touch ID sensor and a physical Esc key
2020 MacBook Pro price and availability
Right now the Apple Stores are all closed due to Coronavirus, however, you can order a new MacBook Pro online here. Alternatively check out our round up of the best MacBook Pro deals if you want to get a bargain.
Apple hasn’t knocked anything off the starting price – when it launched the 2020 version of the MacBook Air in March 2020 it reduced the entry-level price by £100 – that model now starts at £999 (here).
MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) battery life
Apple rates the MacBook Pro 2020 with 10 hours of wireless web surfing and up to 10 hours of Apple TV app movie playback. That’s really good endurance on paper. We’ll be putting the new MacBook Pro 13-inch through our own web surfing battery test to see how it fares
MacBook Pro 2020 release date
The MacBook Pro 13-inch was announced on Monday, May 4, and the first shipments appear to be scheduled for Thursday, May 7, although some higher-end configurations won’t deliver until a later window: May 18 to May 20. Since the MacBook Pro 16-inch launched in December – taking place of the 15-inch laptop – this 13-inch version may be Apple’s last major Pro update for 2020.