New 13-inch MacBook Pro brings Magic Keyboard, double storage and 10th-gen Intel chips

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Apple unveiled a new 13-inch MacBook Pro on Monday, bringing a slew of upgrades to its smaller high-end laptop.

It’s available to order today, starting at $1,299 for regular customers or $1,199 for students and teachers.

The 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro boasts a 10th-generation quad-core Intel Core processor with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.1GHz. That should mean up to 80% faster graphics processing for anyone who leans on their laptop for that sort of thing.

It also offers twice the storage of the previous model. Standard storage starts at 256GB and goes all the way up to a 4TB hard disk, depending on configuration.

2020 13-inch MacBook Pro: Wave goodbye to the hated butterfly keyboard
Wave goodbye to the hated butterfly keyboard!
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As expected, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with Apple’s new Magic Keyboard, introduced with the 16-inch MacBook Pro last year and added to the MacBook Air in March. It replaces the hated butterfly keyboard with a scissor switch mechanism, and adds a physical Escape key.

It also features new model Thunderbolt 3 ports, making it compatible with Apple’s Pro Display XDR.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is available to order via the Apple Online Store. They should appear in brick-and-mortar Apple Stores once those reopen.

A few upgrades that appeared with the 16-inch MacBook Pro seem to be missing from the new 13-incher, though. These new MacBooks apparently lack the bigger model’s improved thermal design, studio-quality mics and upgraded speakers. However, it’s possible Apple simply did not mention these features in its press release.