Ther best Review MacBook Pro 2020 Silicon: Specifications, Dates, and Pricing
Apple has confirmed that the company’s first computers with ARM chips from the Apple Silicon brand will see the light before the end of the year. This is assured by sources from DigiTimes and MacRumors where they highlight that both a MacBook Air and a 13-inch MacBook Pro would arrive.
In this article, we are going to address what Apple could be reserving for its new devices, which are expected to be cheaper by incorporating the proprietary chip of the Apple Silicon brand.
Since Apple’s update to the 2020 MacBook Pro range last May, all laptops today have the new keyboard style that replaces the troublesome butterfly mechanism introduced in 2016.
Only the two mid-range MacBook Pro models were updated in May 2020. The only change to the entry-level MacBook Pro, other than the new keyboard, was that the storage capacity was doubled.
In this way, the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro still has eighth-gen processors, slower RAM, and other components that are worse off compared to the 2020 MacBook Air configuration.
This means that these two 13-inch MacBook Pro models are ready for a processor upgrade and might just be the first Macs to get the new Apple Silicon chip processors.
This same tweet also stated that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro Silicon would start with a price for the most basic configuration of $ 1,099, when the current version starts at $ 1,299 (€ 1,499). See here the full review .
We think the smaller MacBook Pro will be the first to get Apple’s new Silicon processor, and based on Apple’s own guidance, it looks likely to show up before the end of 2020.
As for when the new Silicon configuration of MacBook Pro will be launched, we estimate that it will arrive in October, although with the current situation that we continue to suffer from a generalized pandemic in 2020, there may be delays.
A Twitter user has predicted October 27 as the launch date for the new Mac. @Ihacktu (aka iHacktu Pro) tweeted the details of a possible keynote address in which, according to the tweet, Apple would introduce the iPad Pro and the first Mac with ARM chip. The July 24th tweet has been removed (of course).
Here’s what the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro carries:
- 8th Gen 1.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5 Processor (3.9GHz TB), Iris Plus Graphics 645 Graphics, 8GB 2133MHz RAM and LPDDR3, Two Thunderbolt Ports, 256GB Storage – € 1,499 ; 512GB – € 1,749
Given that the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro still uses 8th-gen Intel processors, it seems like the right time to get an update. It’s also an excellent choice for Apple’s first Silicon processor.
It’s hard to predict exactly what Apple’s new processor will bring to the MacBook Pro. The only Mac that runs on an Apple processor right now is the developer-released Mac mini, which actually only uses an iPad Pro chip.
Nonetheless, it has already shown interesting returns in tests that developers publish as benchmarks. We have compared what Apple Silicon could bring against Intel chips and you can check it out in this article .
The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air currently offers slower 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory, even the cheaper MacBook Air offers better 8GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory, which is faster. We expect Apple to line up the entry-level 13-inch models sometime in 2020.
The current entry-level MacBook Pro offers Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, which are integrated with the Intel processor. Apple has revealed that it will integrate its own GPU into the new Apple Silicon processor.
In fact, the company suggests that we can expect a “higher performance GPU” inside these new MacBook Pros and computers. In a developer document, Apple said, “The GPU built into Apple processors is optimized for high-performance graphics tasks.”
In fact, Apple hopes that the switch to Apple Silicon will open the door to more powerful games on the Mac.
Currently, the 13-inch model has a 58.2 W battery in the basic 1.4 GHz models, while the 58 W battery is part of the models with 2.4 GHz processors. real life use up to 10 hours of use.
There are rumors that Apple will introduce a 14-inch mini-LED display in a MacBook Pro in the future. However, we think it will be reserved for the mid-range MacBook Pro models.
For the entry-level MacBook Pro, we anticipate that the screen will remain at the 13-inch size. However, there is one thing we would love to see on the MacBook Pro: a touchscreen.
We’ve discussed why it’s time for Apple to start offering Macs with touchscreens and why Apple needs a touchscreen Mac to compete with the Windows ecosystem. It is one of the main reasons for the transition to the use of chips Apple Silicon will make in their computers.
Face ID and Webcam
During the period of confinement and teleworking, many users have criticized the quality of the webcam cameras on Mac computers, something that worries Apple. In fact, the MacBook Pro still offers a quality 720p camera.
As a comparison, the iPhone 11’s FaceTime camera offers 1080p HD video recording with a 12 MP camera. Without a doubt, it seems that the time has come for Apple to update the configuration of its computers and provide them with a higher resolution.
Another thing the iPhone 11 range offers is 802.11ax type connectivity also known as Wi-Fi 6. Until now, this has not appeared on any Mac laptop or desktop from the brand.
This is something we’d like to see, but it seems unlikely that the smaller MacBook Pro model will get it before the 16-inch model.