Apple just announced a new MacBook Pro with a much better keyboard

  • Apple just announced a new version of its 13-inch MacBook Pro that comes with its new Magic Keyboard and more storage.
  • The new laptop starts at $US1,300 and is available to order immediately.
  • The launch also comes after rumours had suggested Apple would be launching a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro with its new Magic Keyboard.
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Apple just launched a new version of its 13-inch MacBook Pro that comes with its new Magic Keyboard and additional storage, the company announced on Monday. The release comes just after Apple debuted a MacBook Air with its new Magic Keyboard in March.

The new MacBook Pro starts at $US1,300 and is available starting today. Its addition means Apple’s revamped keyboard is now available across its entire notebook lineup: the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air.

The new laptop runs on Intel processors, with the base level offering quad-core 8th generation chips with the option to upgrade to 10th-generation processors. It also comes with 256GB of storage at the base level, which is double the capacity of the previous-generation’s entry-level model. It features the same 13.3-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2560 by 1600 as last year’s model, coming after rumours had suggested that Apple was working on a 14-inch laptop to replace the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

With the launch of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple appears to have completely phased out its controversial butterfly mechanism keyboard. That keyboard, which Apple debuted back in 2015 on the 12-inch MacBook, has a flatter design that helped the company achieve a thinner overall profile for its laptops. But many consumers and reviewers reported issues with the butterfly keyboard over the years, such as keys that would register twice when only tapped once or keys that wouldn’t work at all when pressed.

Overall, the new MacBook Pro seems like a modest refresh to the 2019 version that brings the Magic Keyboard to Apple’s smaller-sized MacBook Pro.

Based on recent rumours and reports, it sounds like Apple has other big plans for its MacBook line in its pipeline in the near future. The company is also rumoured to be working on a new laptops with a mini-LED screen and a larger 14-inch display, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple is also said to be readying the first laptop that runs on its own chips instead of Intel’s by next year, according to Bloomberg.