MacBook Pro 13 (2020): overview and specifications

The silent counter-rev­o­lu­tion is com­plete — the Mac­Book Pro 13 (2020) is the lat­est lap­top from Apple to return the scis­sor key­board. Per­haps this is almost the main inno­va­tion. And about every­thing else — in our mate­r­i­al
MacBook Pro 13 (2020): overview and specifications
Mac­Book Pro 13 (2020). Pho­to: Apple

Rumors are rumors, but Apple did not dare to increase the screen in the younger Mac­Book Pro to 14 inch­es. Appar­ent­ly, the big changes that the “tag” has already under­gone, which turned into the Mac­Book Pro 16, will be imple­ment­ed in the future. In the mean­time, we have what we have — a minor update, which is unlike­ly to be of inter­est to those who have, say, a 2019 Mac­Book Pro 13 in their hands.

MacBook Pro 13 (2020) review

Price and release date in Russia MacBook Pro 13 (2020)

It’s even point­less to men­tion the “qui­et” for­mat for pre­sent­ing new Apple prod­ucts now – the com­pa­ny began to present its devices this way long before the pan­dem­ic. The Mac­Book Pro 13 (2020) appeared on the com­pa­ny’s web­site on May 4th. In the States, pre-orders start­ed almost imme­di­ate­ly, and sales of the lap­top will begin in the first half of May. The lap­top appeared on the Russ­ian Apple web­site, but above it there is a “will be on sale lat­er” sign. That is, the start date of sales in our coun­try has not yet been deter­mined.

But the prices are already known. Of course, Apple could­n’t help but raise the price of its prod­uct. The basic ver­sion of the Mac­Book Pro 13 (2020) for our mar­ket with the eighth gen­er­a­tion i5, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of per­ma­nent mem­o­ry will cost 119.9 thou­sand rubles. For a 512 GB dri­ve with exact­ly the same con­fig­u­ra­tion, they will already ask for 139.9 thou­sand rubles. A lap­top with four Thun­der­bolt 3 ports, a tenth-gen­er­a­tion i5 proces­sor, 16/512 GB already costs 173.9 thou­sand rubles. And the max­i­mum (so far) ver­sion of the “tri­nash­ki” with a ter­abyte SSD already costs like an air­plane wing — 193.9 thou­sand rubles. But if this doesn’t shock you, then in the US a ver­sion with Core i7 Ice Lake, 32 GB of RAM and a 4 TB SSD is avail­able at a price of $ 3,600 (270.7 thou­sand rubles).




Dis­play 13.3 inch­es, 2560 × 1600 pix­els, 500 cd/m2 bright­ness, IPS Reti­na dis­play, True Tone
OS macOS
CPU 1.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) (Tur­bo Boost up to 3.9GHz) / 10th Gen 4‑core Intel Core i5 2.0 GHz (Tur­bo Boost up to 3.8 GHz) / 1.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) (Tur­bo Boost up to 3.8 GHz) / Quad-Core Intel Core i7 (10th gen­er­a­tion) @ 2.3 GHz (Tur­bo Boost up to 4.1 GHz)
Graph­ics sys­tem Inte­grat­ed: Intel Iris Plus Graph­ics 645 / Intel Iris Plus Graph­ics
Mem­o­ry RAM — 8/16/32 GB DDR4. Stor­age – SSD up to 4TB
Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and inter­faces Blue­tooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, two (four) Thun­der­bolt 3 (USB-C) ports, 3.5mm audio jack
Key­board and touch­pad 65-key back­lit Mag­ic Key­board, Touch Bar with Touch ID, Force Touch
auton­o­my Built-in 58 (58.2) Wh Lithi­um Poly­mer bat­tery, 61 W USB‑C pow­er adapter
Dimen­sions, weight 304.1 x 212.4 x 15.6 mm, 1.4 kg


The lap­top dis­play remains the same as in the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. This is an IPS-matrix Reti­na with a res­o­lu­tion of 2560 × 1600 pix­els, cov­ered with glass. The screen bright­ness is a sol­id 500 cd / sq.m, there is sup­port for True Tone tech­nol­o­gy and a wide P3 col­or gamut.

Housing and keyboard

As you might guess, the lin­ear dimen­sions and weight of the case remained unchanged — 304.1 x 212.4 x 15.6 mm at 1.4 kg. The lat­ter fig­ure is no longer a record — in the world of Win­dows there are “tri­nash­ki” weigh­ing less than a kilo, and lap­tops with a diag­o­nal of 14 inch­es fit into the same 1.4 kg. Of course, the case of the Mac­Book Pro 13 (2020) is made of alu­minum, and the user is unlike­ly to be able to dis­as­sem­ble it with­out dam­ag­ing the device.

Of course, the biggest new addi­tion to the 2020 Mac­Book Pro 13 is the key­board. The Mag­ic Key­board with the “old-new” scis­sor mech­a­nism has already been test­ed by buy­ers of Air and Mac­Book Pro 16. The rejec­tion of the extreme­ly unfor­tu­nate “but­ter­fly”, which thor­ough­ly tar­nished Apple’s rep­u­ta­tion, clear­ly ben­e­fit­ed lap­tops from this com­pa­ny. Togeth­er with the 65-key Mag­ic Key­board, the Touch Bar and Touch ID work in the lap­top. One of the best track­pads on the mar­ket, the glass Force Touch, also remained in place.

Processor, memory, communications

Every­thing is not easy with the proces­sor con­fig­u­ra­tions of the new “tri­nash­ki”. Note­books with two Thun­der­bolt 3 ports can only be equipped with eighth gen­er­a­tion Core i5 chips, or, option­al­ly, i7 of the same 8th Gen. The new 10nm Ice Lake CPUs from Intel have gone to the much more expen­sive quad-port Mac­Book Pro 13. These are quad-core i5 or i7 proces­sors.

The same “seg­re­ga­tion” is asso­ci­at­ed with RAM. The younger ver­sion received in the “base” 8 GB of RAM, made on a slow LPDDR3 2133 MHz. Lap­tops on new proces­sors have from 16 GB of LPDDR4X 3733 MHz RAM.

Final­ly, Apple in the basic ver­sion of the Mac­Book Pro 13 became gen­er­ous with a 256 GB sol­id-state dri­ve. How­ev­er, the pric­ing of the inter­nal vol­ume is such that for 512 GB you will have to pay 20 thou­sand rubles, so if you want to save mon­ey, buy exter­nal SSDs. In total, the “tri­nash­ka” can have up to 4 TB of inter­nal mem­o­ry. In addi­tion to the already named 5G, which will only work where it is launched, the smart­phone sup­ports almost all the nec­es­sary inter­faces: Wi-Fi ac, Blue­tooth 5.0, NFC and USB‑C.

As men­tioned above, there are two lap­top con­fig­u­ra­tions that dif­fer in the num­ber of Thun­der­bolt 3 (USB‑C) ports — two and four, respec­tive­ly. Of course, each of them can be used to charge or con­nect an exter­nal video card. What pleas­es, the 3.5 mm audio jack remained in place. Of the wire­less inter­faces, the Mac­Book Pro 13 (2020) has dual-band Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth 5.0.


The bat­tery has not changed in the new gen­er­a­tion of Mac­Book Pro 13. These are the same lithi­um-poly­mer bat­ter­ies with a total capac­i­ty of 58 (58.2 in a four-port con­fig­u­ra­tion) Wh. The man­u­fac­tur­er claims that the lap­top will last 10 hours on a sin­gle charge when brows­ing the web or watch­ing stream­ing video. A 61-watt pow­er sup­ply is respon­si­ble for charg­ing.