The long-awaited 13 “MacBook Pro laptop has arrived and brings a lot of innovations with it. If you are looking for a macOS music production laptop in 2020 then this new model can be a good acquisition or upgrade for you.
While Apple only improved the entry-level model in 2019 and only slightly revised the keyboard. The new keyboard is actually no longer as sensitive to dust, and dust that has entered the keyboard has caused errors in MacBook models in recent years, such as repeated-pressing keys.
With the latest update, Apple also introduced True Tone technology in the entry-level model. True Tone automatically regulates the white point portion of the display in order to adapt it to the ambient light and thus protect the eyes.
The 13.3-inch retina display continues to have a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and covers the large P3 color space. The MacBook Pro 13″ 2020 model integrates the new Intel Ice Lake processors with new graphics units. This is accompanied by a significant increase in performance.
The basic version with its 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM is somewhat sparse as usual, it is clocked at 2,133 MHz. With the build-to-order options, Apple is also giving its customers the option of installing up to 32 GB of RAM for the first time with the 13.3-inch model.
In terms of storage space, the basic version offers double the SSD storage from 128 GB to 256 GB. However, other versions can be equipped with up to 512 GB as standard.
Each model can optionally be configured with up to 4 TB SS storage. If you want to store more data, you can alternatively use cheaper external storage solutions.
The well-known Touch ID sensor brings additional convenience and security, which can unlock both the MacBook Pro and password-protected files using fingerprint recognition. Use in Safari to enable online payments via Apple Pay or other payment gateways.
In addition to two Thunderbolt 3 ports of the basic version, Apple even offers four Thunderbolt 3 ports for the more expensive model, which allows more flexibility when connecting external devices and the power supply.
Furthermore, the small Pro model is equipped with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and has stereo speakers and three microphones for better sound quality – Apple advertises “studio quality”.
Meanwhile, 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth 5.0 ensure smooth and, above all, wireless communication. You won’t find Wi-Fi 6 in the MacBook Pro in 2020 either.
With the new model, Apple promises up to 10 hours of battery life, while the 58 watt-hour battery can be quickly charged using the included 61W USB-C power supply.
If you are looking for a high-performance laptop, based on the macOS system (macOS Catalina version included), but also compact and easy to transport to live events or from home to the studio, then the new 13″ MacBook Pro 2020 is perfect for any music producer, sound engineer or musician.
The MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) starts at $1,299 for consumers and $1,199 for education customers. The $1,299 model includes an older 8th-gen, quad-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage (up from 128GB on the last model). This configuration includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports.
The $1,499 MacBook Pro 2020 brings the storage up to 512GB. The $1,799 model packs a 10th-generation Core i5 processor, which is paired with 16GB of faster RAM and 512GB of storage, four Thunderbolt 3 ports. For $1,999, the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 gives you 1TB of SSD storage.
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