Tech giant, Apple may have just released the best MacBook Pro laptop in recent history. The new machine has little changes to the 13-inch MacBook Pro in terms of physical design but still packs a punch when it comes to power and features.
The touch bar strip remains and the expected move to a 14-inch screen did not happen as earlier assumed. The use of your iPad as a second screen and graphics tablet is prominently on show.
Massive changes underneath the hood have been made to the new laptop where by the company has added Intel’s new tenth (10th) generation chipset, an integrated graphics card upgraded from the Intel Iris to the Intel Iris Plus, and the butterfly keyboard has been finally replaced five years after its debut with the scissor-switched Magic Keyboard.
However, you’ll have to cough up to $1,799 (UGX 6,836,764) to get that one with a beastly configuration, while the entry-level model is at $1,299 (UGX 4,936,607) and remains with an 8th gen CPU and the same speed RAM as before.
Apple managed to update just enough of the hardware to be ‘new’ but in reality, everything is just the same with a few tweaks. A similar tactic Dell has been using with its XPS laptop brand. Those who needed a new MacBook Pro can now switch but the value offering remains unchanged.
Apple is popularly known for making changes to its iPhone and iPad’s but now, it seems that they have done a good job with the MacBook Pro that many techies and professionals that do heavy work can be happy with. It’s tailored to the work that the existing user base is focused on.
The MacBook Pro has had some changes to its CPU and GPU to match the demands of heavy users
Many critics are saying that although Apple has done a tremendous job in improving the MacBook, the “Pro” element of things is not well earned. This is the MacBook that most Mac owners want. That’s not enough to be pro machine though.
Being pro is more than just having slightly higher specs than the mainstream model. For tech critics, they believe that a ‘Pro’ machine needs to have the ability to push beyond boundaries, to not only meet the expectations that users have, but to meet the expectations they didn’t know they had. It has to be ready for the future and face it with confidence.
It still has a 13.3-inch Retina display with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution and Apple’s True Tone tech, which automatically adjusts the color temperature based on the ambient light.
The MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) starts at $1,299 (UGX 4,936,607) for consumers and $1,199 (UGX 4,556,576) for education customers. The $1,299 model includes an older 8th-gen, quad-core Core i5 processor, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The $1,499 (UGX 5,696,670) model brings the storage up to 512GB while the $1,799 (UGX 6,836,764) model comes with a 10th-generation Core i5 processor, which is paired with 16GB of faster RAM and 512GB of storage.
If you’re feeling lucky, you can go for the more expensive 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 model which is valued at $1,999 (UGX 7,596,827), and offers you 1TB of SSD storage.
You can place an order for any model of your liking, which is now available at Apple.com and in the Apple Store app.
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