Anyone who has purchased a MacBook Pro in the past couple of years has likely encountered some sort of issue with the butterfly keyboard design that Apple offered up on the notebook. Said design has resulted in poor typing experiences, and in some cases, the need for recall and repair.
Hopefully that will be a thing of the past as Apple has debuted a new 13″ MacBook Pro yesterday, with the freshly minted device sporting a redesigned keyboard. The firm is calling it the Magic Keyboard, which it is dubbing the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook.
“With these updates, our entire notebook lineup features the Magic Keyboard for the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook, offers twice the standard storage than before, and delivers even more performance,” Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad product marketing, Tom Boger, boasts.
Whether it can deliver on that promise remains to be seen, but Apple says the keys should prove more comfortable and stable.
As for the other components that Apple has added to the mix, up to 10th Gen Intel Core quad-core processors will be on offer, along with 4.1 GHZ Turbo Boost, to offer an estimated 2.8 times better performance, according to the Cupertino-based firm. There’s also an Intel Iris Graphics setup that yields an 80 percent improvement too, compared to the previous generation.
In terms of storage, Apple has opted for SSDs in the new MacBook Pro, with standard storage starting at 256GB. This doubles the previous availability for the base model, and this new offering tops out at 4TB, should you really need all that space. Shifting to RAM, users can set up their MacBook Pro with up to 16GB, as well as having the Touch Bar with Touch ID on the model.
For now, no local pricing or availability is confirmed, but those Stateside will be able to purchase the new 13″ MacBook Pro from today, starting at $1 299 (~R23 872).
With build quality coming into question on the MacBook lineup in recent years, if the Magic Keyboard does the trick, Apple fans may have a reason to upgrade now.