Apple Adds Magic Keyboard to MacBook Pro 13-inch

Apple's MacBook Pro 13-inch has more storage, memory, and a faster CPU

Almost six months after Apple fixed the MacBook Pro 16-inch's keyboard, it's finally bringing the much-improved typing experience to its smaller and more affordable 13-inch Pro model. Between that and the improved specs, this could be a popular Apple offering.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch.  Apple

Apple just refreshed its 13-inch MacBook Pro with a better CPU, more storage, more memory, and, most important of all, the excellent Magic Keyboard.

The key elements: While Apple's new MacBook Pro doesn't do much to alter the existing design, it does replace the often-derided butterfly keyboard with the Magic Keyboard Apple introduced with the MacBook Pro 16-inch last year and brought to the new MacBook Air in March. The new keyboard replaces the mechanism underneath to improve both typing feel and travel. When I reviewed the MacBook Air, I described the keyboard as "sure and satisfying." Above the new keyboard is the OLED Touch Bar. It's now narrower to accommodate the returning Escape key.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch and the Magic Keyboard. Apple 

More like a Pro: Although Apple doubled the base storage of the $1,299 and $1499 MacBook Pro 13-inch models to 256 GB and 512 GB respectively, it left the rest of the lower-end configurations the same. The higher-end configurations now come with double the RAM and storage. Those higher-end configurations also come with a 10th Gen quad-core Intel Core processor. While the higher-end configurations still use integrated graphics, Apple promises the Intel Iris Plus Graphics silicon can perform 80% faster than the graphics in the last MacBook Pro 13-inch (the two base configurations remain the same as the previous generation).

Still familiar: Unchanged from the last MacBook pro 13-inch are the back-lit, 2560 x 1600 Retina display, stereo speakers, Touch ID button, and T2 Security Chip.

How to get it: The new Apple MacBook 13-inch is on sale today and should ship sometime this week.

Bottom line: This updated MacBook Pro 13-inch laptop is good news for those who wanted portable Apple power with the most-up-to-date components and design in a more affordable package.

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