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.