The New MacBook Pro 13 Isn’t Quite a ‘Pro’ Device

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Image: Joanna Nelius/Gizmodo – The ‘Pro’ features that appeared on the 14-inch and 16-inch devices will not be available on the entry-level model. A new iPhone SE, iPad Air, and potentially a more expensive Mac mini are likely to be unveiled during an event “on or around” March 8th. If you can’t wait until later in the year to get your hands on an M2-powered MacBook, don’t worry; there are plenty of reports out there.

In his coverage of the March 8th event, Bloomberg writer Mark Gurman predicts that Apple will offer a new entry-level MacBook Pro in 2020 to replace the 13-inch M1. By removing the Touch Bar, it will join the likes of its more expensive siblings in the same cemetery as the Butterfly keyboard.

The new 14-inch and 16-inch versions, on the other hand, will come equipped with additional cutting-edge technologies. Even while the 13-inch MacBook Pro is still the “entry-level” model, it won’t come with a 120Hz miniLED ProMotion display, faster CPUs, or more storage. Instead, it will use the same 60Hz LCD screen and an M2 processor, Apple’s fast entry-level CPU’s successor to the M1.

A mandatory processor update is expected for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, but the Touch Bar, which was heavily panned, will be gone. If Apple does nothing, we can only hope for a notch, slimmed bezels, and a return of MagSafe charging, an HDMI connector, and an SD card slot—three features that were resurrected on last year’s models—to be included.

Otherwise, it will continue to fall behind other “Pro” models and become more similar to the MacBook Air in terms of specifications if it does not get these CPU upgrades. While the miniLED screens on the more costly MacBook Pro 13s are brighter and more colorful, Apple’s basic M processor on the 13-inch MacBook Pro lacks the capability to keep up with the M Pro and M Max models’ more powerful CPUs. In theory, the 13-inch laptop should stay more cheap than the bigger versions, but the performance and feature difference raises the issue of whether or not this entry-level model is all that “Pro.”

According to Gurman, Apple’s face recognition function, Face ID, would likely come on an iMac before it makes its way to laptops, which is good news for those using MacBooks. As for Face ID, Gurman believes the technology isn’t yet available to put it on a laptop bezel.

According to the most recent speculations, the new MacBook models are scheduled to be released in the second half of 2022. We’re expecting a steady stream of leaks and forecasts, and the first wave of new Apple items is expected to arrive in early March.