Today, Apple issued an update for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The updated model maintains the same 13.3-inch screen size but has twice the storage capacity across the entire lineup, as well as the Magic Keyboard, which features an improved scissor-switch mechanism.
The high-end models feature a 10th Gen Core processor with a standard 16 GB RAM and 1TB SSD hard drive.
Pre-ordering has begun and prices have been posted for the Japanese market.
In the new lineup, the lower-end models use the same quad-core 8th Gen Core i5 CPU and 8 GB RAM, but the SSD capacity has been expanded to 256 GB or 512 GB.
The high-end models feature a quad-core 10th Gen Core i5 CPU, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB or 1 TB SSD. RAM can optionally be upgraded to 32 GB and storage up to as much as 4 TB.
Naturally, the keyboard is the same scissor-switch Magic Keyboard featured in the new MacBook Air and the 16-inch MacBook Pro. It also features the same 1-mm keystroke and backlight included in those two models. The famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the entire MacBook series would move to scissor-switch keyboards in 2020 and beyond
, and Apple certainly seems to be continuing in that direction.
The updated models come in silver and space grey, the same coloring options as previous versions. The new 13-inch MacBook Pros are already for sale on the online store, where high-end 512 GB models sell for 188,800 yen and 1 TB models for 208,800 yen.
In the past, the lower-end 128 GB model sold for 139,800 yen and the 256 GB model for 159,800 yen, while the high-end 256 GB model sold for 198,800 yen and the 512 GB model for 220,800 yen. So despite the fact that the new models are a powerful upgrade, the lower-end models are 5,000 yen cheaper and the high-end models 10,000 to 12,000 yen cheaper.
As of the announcement, the high-end models were scheduled to begin shipping on May 15-19.This article was originally written in Japan. The images and content are as they were in Japan at the time of writing.