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MacBook Pro

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Model
MacBook Pro
Release Date
November 2020

Features

• 256GB / 512GB
• 13.3" LED-Backlit Retina Display with IPS Technology
• Apple M1 chip
• 8GB / 16GB unified Memory
• Up to 17 Hours Wireless Web

Description

The brand-new 13-inch MacBook Pro uses Apple's best-ever chip on its most advanced MacBook model. Designed for speed, power, and excellence, the 13-inch MacBook Pro improves all the features that make the MacBook Pro one of the most popular and capable laptops out there. The M1 chip, macOS Big Sur, and a host of upgrades make this MacBook truly a Pro.

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Overview

The MacBook Pro has been around for years. Still, the newest iteration introduces the next generation of MacBook Pros, unlike anything before. This time, the MacBook Pro incorporates Apple Silicon, Apple's own processing chip designed for optimal Mac performance.

Apple's November 2020 event "One More Thing" introduced the first Apple Silicon chip: the M1 chip. The M1 chip is now being used in Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Air, Mac mini, and 13-inch MacBook Pro. Apple promises that this chip can unlock the MacBook Pro's full potential.

This chip also uses the Neural Engine, which is the first time that Macs will use this feature. Initially only available on iOS and iPadOS devices, the Neural Engine will enhance the MacBook Pro's Machine Learning capabilities.

When it comes to battery, the MacBook Pro lasts longer than ever before. With probably the most robust battery ever on a MacBook, you'll likely be able to go a whole day without charging your laptop once because of how energy-efficient it is.

For optimal performance on the new M1 chip, Apple has released a new macOS. macOS Big Sur not only tweaks and redesigns your Mac's interface; it changes everything. You'll find the Mac experience to be different but much better than it ever was.

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Features

Design and Size

The MacBook Pro has dimensions of 30.41 x 21.24 x 1.56 cm, and it weighs 3 pounds. It's easy to carry around, and it'll fit in virtually any bag or backpack you have. The MacBook Pro is also made from 100% recycled aluminum cases due to Apple's net-zero carbon goal.

As the name suggests, the MacBook Pro has a 13.3-inch display. The screen has a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution at 227 PPI, making some stunning visuals and graphics. It also comes with True Tone and P3 Wide Color technology for fantastic color support. The display also has a maximum of 500 nits of brightness.

The MacBook Pro comes with a Backlit Magic Keyboard that includes a Touch Bar, Force Touch trackpad, and a Touch ID sensor. The laptop comes with stereo speakers with support for Wide stereo sound and Dolby Atmos playback in terms of audio. There's also a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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One perhaps unexpected feature to get upgraded is the MacBook Pro's front camera. While it remains a 720p FaceTime HD camera, Apple has enhanced several features such as noise reduction, white balance, face detection, and advanced camera ISP.

Apple MacBook Pro's have used SSD storage for some years now, and the newest MacBook Pro is no different. You can choose from storage options of 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB.

Currently, the MacBook Pro comes in two colors: Silver and Space Gray.

Battery

The MacBook Pro's battery is the best-ever of a MacBook. Thanks to its upgraded battery and the M1 chip's efficiency, you can use your MacBook Pro all-day without interruption.

The MacBook Pro offers up to 17 hours of wireless web browsing. It also provides up to 20 hours of video playback, which is 10 hours better than the previous MacBook Pro. This improvement is the most extended battery life of any Mac, ever.

In each MacBook Pro box, you'll get a 61W USB-C power adapter for charging.

Processing Chip

Apple Silicon has been in the rumors for months since Apple announced that this was the year the tech company would move away from its partnership with Intel to make its own chips. In November 2020, those plans came to full fruition.

Apple introduced the M1 chip at its third event of Fall 2020, "One More Thing." This chip is Apple's first in-house processing chip for Macs, and it unlocks a vast number of possibilities.

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The M1 chip is primarily comprised of an 8-core CPU and an 8-core GPU. The 8-core CPU is made of four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. The four high-efficiency cores alone could rival the MacBook Air's entire dual-core processing system (2019). So, adding another four cores only makes the MacBook Pro better.
With its CPU, the MacBook Pro has the best performance of any MacBook. It's 2.8x faster than the previous MacBook Pro model. And good news for developers, the MacBook Pro can build apps at up to 3x the old version's pace. When compared to the best-selling Windows laptop of this kind, the MacBook Pro outperforms it by 3x.

With its CPU, the MacBook Pro has the best performance of any MacBook. It's 2.8x faster than the previous MacBook Pro model. And good news for developers, the MacBook Pro can build apps at up to 3x the old version's pace. When compared to the best-selling Windows laptop of this kind, the MacBook Pro outperforms it by 3x.

The 8-Core GPU is just as impressive, and it uses nearly 25,000 threads at a time. Thanks to the CPU's four high-efficiency cores, the GPU also doesn't consume too much power. Meanwhile, your graphics performance will be up to 5x faster than non-Apple Silicon MacBook Pros.

For the first time, Mac chips will now come with Apple's famous Neural Engine, a feature designed for machine learning (ML) processes. 11x faster at ML processes than the previous iteration, you'll be able to run up to 11 trillion operations per second with the Neural Engine.

The standard MacBook Pro comes with 8GB of memory, which is enough for almost anyone. You'll be able to play video games, play 4K videos, and run essentially any program with ease. However, if you need the extra capacity, you can upgrade to the 16GB memory option.

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macOS Big Sur

macOS Big Sur is Apple's new operating system for its Macs, explicitly designed for the M1 chip. In addition to changing the interface, you'll also get completely new features that redefine what it means to use a MacBook Pro.

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Read more about macOS Big Sur in its own article. Still, in essence, the new system adds support for all the things the M1 chip enables, such as support for iPhone and iPad apps. For the apps that were already a part of the Mac system, you'll get upgrades on those as well.

Combined with the M1 chip, macOS Big Sur will not only ensure your Mac experience is truly unique but also that it's genuinely Apple.

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MacBook Pro (2020) vs. MacBook Pro (2019)

Key Differences

MacBook Pro (2020) MacBook Pro (2019)
Dimensions 30.41 x 21.24 x 1.56 cm 30.41 x 21.24 x 1.56 cm
Battery Up to 20 hours of battery Up to 10 hours of battery
Processing Chip Apple Silicon M1 Chip GHz quad-core Intel Core i5

Design and Size

The overall design of the MacBook Pro hasn't changed much. Although the MacBook Pro (2020) may be ever-so-slightly lighter, the dimensions and weight remain nearly identical for both models.

Similarly, the display is also the same. Both MacBook models have a 13.3-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. They also use True Tone and P3 Wide Color technology for exceptional visual performance.

Both MacBook Pros use Magic Keyboards with the scissor-switch keyboards for a comfortable, smooth typing experience. At the top of the keyboard are Apple's Touch Bar and Touch ID sensor. In terms of audio, they are also equipped with studio-quality mics and stereo speakers.

If you want to connect your MacBook Pro to a display, both models have Thunderbolt 3 ports, which can reach speeds of up to 40Gb/s. These will allow your MacBook Pro to support 6k resolution displays. You also get a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, and a DisplayPort.

Battery

The second most significant difference between the MacBook Pro (2020) and the MacBook Pro (2019)—the first being the processing chips—is the battery life. The MacBook Pro's extended battery life is made possible by the M1 chip.

The MacBook Pro (2019) offers up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing and video playback. The 10 hours is already a decent battery life, capable of high-level performance throughout the day. Also, most laptop users keep their chargers around anyways, so you likely won't have to worry about your MacBook Pro (2019) dying.

However, the MacBook Pro (2020)'s battery life is simply on another level.
It offers 17 hours of wireless web browsing. Already, this 85% increase in battery life is impressive on its own. But it also provides 20 hours of video playback, doubling the MacBook Pro (2019)'s battery life in that department.

This upgrade is possible because of Apple's new M1 chip. With its upgraded cooling system and the four high-efficiency cores, the M1 chip allows Apple's system to run at a high level without compromising power.

With up to 20 hours of usage, you really won't have to worry about your MacBook Pro (2020) dying.

Processing Chip

The next upgrade that the MacBook Pro (2020) gets is its processing chip. Whereas previous Macs use Intel chips, the MacBook Pro is one of three Macs to be the first equipped with Apple's processors.

Introduced alongside the MacBook Pro (2020), MacBook Air (2020), and Mac mini (2020), the M1 chip is the first Apple Silicon chip, Apple's own, in-house processor for Macs. Optimized for Apple systems and devices, the M1 chip unlocks a new world of possibilities.

Firstly, compared to the MacBook Pro (2019), the MacBook Pro (2020) has 2.8x faster CPU performance and 5x faster graphics performance, thanks to the 6-core CPU and GPU. As mentioned before, this upgrade in performance won't destroy the MacBook Pro (2020) battery life either, as the CPU comes with four high-efficiency cores.

In addition to the CPU and GPU, the M1 chip also comes with the Neural Engine. Already introduced on iPhones and iPads, the Neural Engine helps with machine learning (ML).

The MacBook Pro (2020) uses Apple's latest Neural Engine, capable of up to 11 trillion operations per second, making it 11x faster than the MacBook Pro (2019) when it comes to ML tasks.

Of course, the MacBook Pro (2019)'s i5 chip from Intel is still a top-notch chip. It performs fantastically, and the previous MacBook Pro's customer reviews are all the testament to the i5 chip needs.

For optimal performance in an Apple device, the MacBook Pro (2020)'s M1 chip does it all. You can use iOS apps on your MacBook now, use a brand-new interface, and get enhanced Apple apps.

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13-inch MacBook Pro (2019)

If you're in the market for a new laptop, the MacBook Pro 2019 (13-inch) model is an outstanding laptop. Apple's 2019 MacBook Pro is a benchmark laptop that can serve both personal and professional needs.

The MacBook Pro 2019 features three significant upgrades from its previous models: the new Magic Keyboard, Touch Bar with Touch ID, and Force Touch trackpad. The new Magic Keyboard is a re-invented scissor-switch keyboard that provides the ultimate typing experience.

Meanwhile, the Touch Bar with Touch ID is a brand new addition to the standard MacBook Pro line. Now, the base model MacBook Pro will come equipped with Touch ID and its extra security measures.

Finally, the Force Touch trackpad has significantly more surface area than previous MacBook Pro generations. It uses the same, ubiquitous haptic feedback technology to emulate mouse clicks that Apple laptops are known for.

These new improvements are perfect for taking notes in class, multitasking for work, and pure entertainment. The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch uses a 4-core Intel Core i7 Processor, which provides 80% faster graphics performance than before.

Without a doubt, the MacBook Pro 2019 is an industry-standard for professionals in every field and a favorite amongst students.

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Features

Design and Size

The 2019 MacBook Pro screen size is 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit with IPS technology and 2560 x 1600 high-resolution Retina display with True Tone technology.

What this means is that the display has more colors than before with these upgrades. You can now view crisp, high-definition movies, videos, and photos in all its glory on the MacBook Pro.

Additionally, with True Tone technology, the MacBook Pro will always display the most accurate colors. It automatically adjusts the screen's white point and illumination.

Whether you are in a dark room or natural sunlight, never worry about manually changing your display settings ever again.

If you plan to carry your laptop around to different workspaces, rest assured, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is quite portable. Weighing in at 1.4 kg (3.1 lb), it is a compact 21.24 x 30.41 x 21.24 cm (8.36 x 11.97 x 8.36 inches) personal device.

The MacBook Pro is also available in classic Apple colors—Space Gray and Silver. For extra protection, consider investing in a MacBook Pro 13-inch case, too.

2019 MacBook Pro users can also enjoy typing on the updated Magic Keyboard, which finally returns to the MacBook Pro lineup after Apple removed it several generations ago. The beloved scissor-switch keyboard provides a comfortable, classic typing experience.

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On top of that, Apple increased user accessibility by installing the Touch Bar in all the 13-inch model. Until now, the Touch Bar was only available in the larger MacBook Pro 16-inch model.

Depending on which model you choose, the MacBook Pro 13-inch has up to four USB ports. It can deliver up to 40Gb/s for twice the bandwidth of the Thunderbolt 2. The versatility of the Thunderbolt 3 port extends to support 6K, 5K, or two 4K displays and also connects with eGPU.

In short, the Thunderbolt 3 port is a combination of ultra-high bandwidth and ultra-versatility of the USB-C port. It combines data transferring, charging, and video outputs all into one connector.

Having the Thunderbolt 3 port means you can project and tether high-definition graphics, presentations, videos to an external screen without lag delay.

Performance and Chip

In terms of hardware performance, the MacBook Pro runs on the 4-core Intel Core i7 processor. The Intel Core i7 is one of the leading CPU processing chips available on the market. As a result, the 2019 MacBook Pro has 80% faster graphics performance than before.

The mighty Apple laptop has up to 32GB (3733MHz) of memory and up to 4.5GHz Turbo Boost. These specifications give the 13-inch MacBook Pro capacity for users expecting to run heavy-duty software such as video editing or programming.

Furthermore, the 13-inch device has up to 4TB of SSD storage and the SSD read speeds up to 3.0GB/s. The SSD (solid-state drive) replaces traditional HDD (hard drives), where the SDD provides faster and more power-efficient performance.

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As for security, Apple doesn't take your data lightly. The T2 Security chip is Apple's secure second-generation custom silicon design for the MacBook Pro. Feel reassured that all your data, passwords, and payment information saved on the SSD is fully encrypted.

On top of the secured storage space, the T2 chip processes functions and loads applications faster than before.

In addition to two-factor authentication, to unlock the MacBook Pro, users can use Touch ID located in the Touch Bar. These security measures are critical to protecting your personal information and for secure online payments with Apple Pay.

Accessories

Whenever there's a new Apple device launch, it usually means new features to explore and try. Whether it's taking goofy photos or blasting music to test out new speakers, there will always be an aspect of excitement with new MacBook devices.

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The latest MacBook Pro features screen sharing and pairing external accessories to enhance your MacBook Pro experience.

You can now share screens and your work immediately without delays nor frustration with Sidecar. This feature enables you to connect your MacBook Pro seamlessly with any iPad device.

Another feature that can increase your productivity is to pair your MacBook Pro with an iPad and the Apple Pencil. This experience will extend your workspace and enable you to doodle immediately.

Never worry about losing important notes or documents ever again.

Battery

The MacBook Pro has a long battery life than before. It has a built-in 58.0 watt-hours lithium-polymer battery that lasts up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing and Apple TV app movie playback.

With so many upgraded features, the MacBook Pro 13-inch requires more power than previous models, which is why Apple equipped the MacBook Pro with the Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C power adapter.

If you own a MacBook laptop or the latest iPad devices, you can use the same USB-C cable for the 2019 MacBook Pro.

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MacBook Pro (2019) vs. MacBook Air (2019)

Key Differences

MacBook Pro 13-inch MacBook Air
Price Starting at $1299 Starting at $999
Dimensions 1.56 x 30.41 x 21.24 cm 0.41-1.61 x 30.41 x 21.24 cm
Screen 13.3-inch Retina 13.3-inch Retina
Resolution 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600
Battery Up to 10 hours of battery Up to 11 hours of battery
Processor 1.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Touch ID and Touch Bar Touch ID and Touch Bar Touch ID
Color Silver and Space Gray Silver, Space Gray and Gold

Design and Size

At first glance, the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air look nearly identical as they are both 13-inches. However, there are significant differences in terms of practical functionalities.
The MacBook Pro comes in three model options:

  • MacBook Pro 13-in. with two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • MacBook Pro 13-in. with four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • MacBook Pro 16-in. model with several port options.


Whereas, the MacBook Air is limited compared to the MacBook Pro models. The MacBook Air only has two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Depending on your needs, the number of ports and external connectors is an essential factor to consider.

In terms of design and size, the MacBook Air is 0.3 pounds lighter than the MacBook Pro. The 2019 MacBook Air also has the same Retina display and True Tone technology. So, both Apple Mac laptops offer the same pixel resolution for high-quality viewing experiences.

Moreover, one of the s most attractive feature of the new 2019 MacBook Pro is the Touch Bar. This addition to the smaller MacBook Pro model has pleased many Apple fans.

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The MacBook Pro's Touch Bar gives users quicker access to basic functions like audio volume and displays brightness. The Touch Bar allows you to make certain adjustments on a slider, giving you more choice on adjustments. 

For instance, you can customize the Control Strip and add accessibility features for the ultimate efficient workspace.

Unfortunately, the MacBook Air does not include the Touch Bar. Nonetheless, Apple ensures your personal information is secure by having the Touch ID on the MacBook Air. There is a small Touch ID button on the right side of the function keys on the keyboard.

Performance, Chip, and Battery

Despite the similarities between the MacBook Pro 13-inch and MacBook Air 13-inch, the Air's processor is not as fast or power efficient.

The Apple MacBook Air has a limited Turbo Boost that goes up to 3.8GHz. In comparison, the MacBook Pro 13-in. can reach 4.5GHz and a maximum of 1.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7. So, in terms of "pro" performance, the MacBook Pro 13-in. is the more appealing device with its 1.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7.

If you want an even more powerful processor, the larger MacBook Pro 16-in. has Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz. Its most robust processor uses the 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9. The MacBook Pro 16-in. also holds more data on its hard drive than the smaller model.

As for battery life, surprisingly, the MacBook Air lasts the MacBook Pro 13-inch—albeit by one hour only. The extra hour of battery could be due to the absence of a Touch Bar on the MacBook Air, but that detail is unconfirmed by Apple.

The MacBook Air has a lower USB-C Power Adapter of 30W than the 61W in the MacBook Pro 13-in. Despite this detail, the MacBook Air can last up to two hours longer streaming the Apple TV app's movie playback.

When it comes to the devices' processing power, the MacBook Pro 2019 holds a significant advantage over the MacBook Air 2019.

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The MacBook Pro 13-inch's base model comes with a 1.4 GHz Intel i5 quad-core processor. In comparison, the MacBook Air base model comes with a 1.1 GHz Intel i3 dual-core processor.

Although there is an option to upgrade to the i5 quad-core processor on the MacBook Air, you'll have to pay more, and the 1.1 GHz remains the same despite the core upgrade.

It's also a massive advantage that the MacBook Pro has a better graphics card. The Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 card is an upgraded version of the MacBook Air's Intel Iris Plus Graphics card. The upgraded graphics card gives you smoother visuals and seamless transitions to look at on your MacBook Pro.

With extra processing power and additional practical features, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019) can run more programs and process data faster than the MacBook Air (2019).

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