Sooner than most expected, Apple has announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Magic Keyboard. It features Intel 10th-Gen processors and starts at $1,299. In one sense, it is a minor spec-bump upgrade for the existing lineup of 13-inch MacBook Pros. But it also represents the end of an era: Apple no longer sells any new laptops with the much-maligned butterfly keyboard mechanism.
Apple has moved relatively quickly to cycle out the butterfly keyboard from its lineup. The 16-inch MacBook Pro was announced in November 2019, followed by a refreshed MacBook Air with Magic Keyboard this past March. In the span of six months, Apple has completely swapped out its entire laptop lineup with models that use better, scissor switch keyboards. Compare that to the five years it spent trying to make the butterfly keyboard mechanism work since the 2015 MacBook (now-discontinued).
As with the last MacBook Pro, Apple is sticking with Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C connectors, four of them in total (plus a headphone jack). The Touch Bar also remains for better or worse, alongside a TouchID fingerprint sensor and — praise be — a real, physical ESC key.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro now has 16GB of faster, 3733MHz RAM in its base configuration alongside a 256GB SSD. The RAM can be upgraded to 32MB and the storage can be specced all the way up to 4TB. Apple says that 10th-Gen Intel processors have a turbo boost up to 4.1Ghz and that the new Intel Iris graphics support the Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution.