Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Today’s 13-Inch MacBook Pro Update Ends the Butterfly Keyboard on the Mac

Apple PR:

Apple today updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard for the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook and doubled the storage across all standard configurations, delivering even more value to the most popular MacBook Pro. The new lineup also offers 10th-generation processors for up to 80 percent faster graphics performance and makes 16GB of faster 3733MHz memory standard on select configurations. With powerful quad-core processors, the brilliant 13-inch Retina display, Touch Bar and Touch ID, immersive stereo speakers, all-day battery life, and the power of macOS, all in an incredibly portable design, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is available to order today, starting at $1,299, and $1,199 for education.

Joanna Stern:

Also, yay for 256GB! Love that this is now the base storage.

In the last year-and-a-half, the starting price for a 256 GB MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar has dropped $500 in the United States. As with the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the Touch Bar has been shortened to accommodate a physical escape key, and the keyboard has returned to an inverse-T arrangement for the arrow keys.

The last several months of MacBook updates have rolled back the worst aspects of the 2016-era models, while losing none of their gains. The Touch Bar’s relevance may still be a personal preference for many, and I know a lot of people were hoping for a 14-inch model to match the size increase of the bigger MacBook Pro, but you can now buy an Apple laptop without reservations or asterisks. The last three years have been embarrassing in that regard; but, now, things seem to be back on track.