Apple released its latest 13-inch MacBook Pro yesterday as expected. To confirm that all the leaks about the laptop are true, Apple has provided upgradability options for choosing up to 4TB of storage.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is built with the latest 10th gen Intel processors. Users are given the option to choose between Intel i5 and i7 processors. But there is a specific thing about which the public is upset is that the cheapest model of this new MacBook equips 8th gen Intel i5 and i7 processors.
Even though these processors are not so bad, considering the fact that Apple is releasing laptops with these processors still, even after 2 years of existence of these processors in the market, might be a bit upsetting but if the capabilities of these processors are considered, you can conclude whether to buy them or not.
What’s the difference?
To know what this laptop is capable of doing, first, we need to know the difference between the 8th gen and 10th gen processors. Obviously, 10th gen CPUs are capable of outperforming their predecessors, but 8th gen CPUs are pretty good too.
One of the famous tech reviewers, Dave 2D presented a benchmark result of these processors on which it is clear that both CPUs are performing at an almost equal level on the multi-core testing. The difference in the results of single-core performance test is also not so significant, considering the score actually tells us that these processors are more than enough for almost all the essential tasks any MacBook is capable of doing.
But somewhere the 8th gen processors have to fall behind in the performance of 10th gen, which is where there is a task that requires higher graphic requirements. But still, we cannot say that it would struggle so badly but it will perform decently.
Who is it for?
The answer to this question depends upon the usage. If your work involves graphic-intensive tasks like gaming or video editing, then this is not the ideal laptop for you. Saying this doesn’t mean that it is not capable of handling such workload, instead, it means it is not the optimal device for such tasks.
This laptop would be a good fit for content creators who have projects like photo editing and multitasking. This is the ideal machine for developers who need access to Apple Xcode for pushing their codes to create apps and software for the Apple products. Video editing can also be done, but in words of Dave Lee, the performance of this 13-inch MacBook Pro seems to be inconsistent.
With this new MacBook, the users get to access all the Apple-exclusive perks like the above mentioned Xcode, Touch bar, Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, and a lot more.
Apart from this, existing MacBook users are willing to upgrade their old MacBook with this for one reason, the new keyboard. Say goodbye to the annoying Butterfly Keyboard. All the future MacBooks will officially have the new Magic Keyboard which is a bit more tactile and good for maintenance.
Price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) with 8th gen Intel i5 and i7 CPUs are priced at $1,299 and $1,599 respectively and the 10th gen i5 and i7 CPU variants cost $1,799 and $1,999 respectively. All the controversy about Apple using Intel’s 8th gen CPUs started considering the price of the laptops. But still, these prices for the base model MacBook seem pretty usual as it is an Apple product. It is clear that the price hike in the high-end models of this base level MacBook Pro is because of the latest CPUs. Apple has tried to bring down the price in order to make the device accessible to eveyone, especially to those who want to upgrade.