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Apple made big promises for the Butterfly keyboard when it debuted on the Macbook Pro in 2015. The company promised to be slightly thinner, slimmer and better overall. But the keys broke quickly and often, and were prone to picking up debris (such as food). It was a nightmare.
The company went from some of the best laptops on the market to some of the worst, simply because one of its main components (keyboard) tended to break. But now, in just under six months, the company has straightened the ship. We can confidently say that the Macbook line is again one of the best laptops on the market.
You even get an added benefit with the switch to the Magic keyboard – the physical escape key is back (but you'll still have a Touch Bar). But of course the new 13-inch Macbook Pro is not just any keyboard upgrade. It also sees the usual spec bump you'd expect with a refreshed laptop.
Apple went with 10th generation Intel processors for the highest model, but got stuck with 8th generation processors for the mid and entry-level models. Speaking of the base model, at $ 1,300, it's nice to see Apple double the storage from 128 GB to 256. That model also gets 8 GB of RAM, although you can increase it to 16 GB if you need it. You also get two Thunderbolt USB-C ports for all your power and device needs.
The mid-level model starts at $ 1,499 and comes with 8 GB of RAM as well. It matches the base level on spec-per-spec until you get to the storage, this model jumps to 512 GB.
The high-end model is where you see the real change. In addition to the 10th generation Intel processor, you get 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage, four Thunderbolt USB-C ports and more upgrade options for RAM and storage.
The new Macbook Pro is being sold on Apple's site today, and the company says it will be in select Apple Stores and authorized Apple resellers later this week.