Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2020): Pros And Cons

By Amit Chowdhry ● May 13, 2020
  • Are you thinking of buying an Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2020)? Here are some of the Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2020) pros and cons for you to consider before buying one

Apple recently revealed the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro, which features the “Magic Keyboard” rather than the less popular butterfly keyboard (more on that below).

Pro: Magic Keyboard

The 13-inch MacBook Pro has the new Magic Keyboard, which was first introduced on the 16-inch MacBook Pro and added to the MacBook Air in March.

The Magic Keyboard features a redesigned scissor mechanism with 1mm of key travel for a comfortable and stable key feel. And the new inverted-“T” arrangement for the arrow keys makes them easier to find. And the Magic Keyboard features a physical Escape key.

Pro: 10-Generation Intel Processors

The 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with 10th generational Intel processors along with new Intel Plus graphics. This means that the new MacBook Pro line-up has 80% faster graphics performance.

Pro: Base Model Has Double The Storage

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has double the storage. The standard storage starts at 256GB and it goes all the way up to 1TB. And for those of you who need more storage capacity for large photo libraries and video projects, the 13-inch MacBook Pro now offers up to a 4TB SSD.

Pro: Base Model Has Double The Memory

The New MacBook Pro lineup features 16GB of faster 3733MHz memory as the standard on select configurations. And for the first time on a 13-inch Mac notebook, customers are able to select a 32GB memory option. With 32GB of memory, users will notice better performance while running multiple virtual machines and up to 50% faster performance when editing gigapixel images in Photoshop.

Pro: Touch Bar and Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar and Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is an underrated feature since it is easier to make purchases on websites and the App Store along with making it easier to log into websites and apps. And the Touch Bar provides shortcuts and quick actions to the apps you are using.

Con: Premium Price

The MacBook Pro line is known for its premium starting price of $1,299 ($1,199 for education). While considering all the alternatives in the market, I think it would be time for Apple to start making the base models of its Pro laptops at a sub-$1000 price point.

Con: Webcam Is 720p

Given the premium price of the MacBook Pro, I would have expected the FaceTime HD camera to be bumped up to 1080p instead of being a 720p.

Pulse 2.0 Score

The 13-inch MacBook Pro has received a Pulse 2.0 score of 4 out 5. It would have received a higher score if the price was more favorable and it had a greater bump in specs from its predecessor.