All about Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro — 2022

When it was rumored that Apple was about to launch a 14-inch MacBook Pro to replace the 13-inch one, the company did the opposite and renewed said model in May 2020. This equipment comes with interesting functional and visual novelties that we will tell you about entirely in this article.

Screen, enough or disappointing?

With exactly 13.3 inches and LED-backlit IPS technology, the screen of this MacBook Pro is capable of reproducing a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 at 227 pixels per inch, in addition to being compatible with millions of colors. Have a brightness of 500 nits and True Tone technology that adapts the brightness and colors to the circumstances of your environment.

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On paper it seems correct and we are not going to fool ourselves, it is a screen that looks very good and in which few users will be able to make a complaint. Those video or photo editors who use it will be able to enjoy realistic colors that improve their experience.

What might hold you back is not have 4K , which today is a highly required resolution in many cases. It is not a drama, but it can be a compelling reason for some users. Probably when Apple implements miniLED panels this can reach its range of laptops, but at the moment this is not possible with technologies such as those used for the panel of this equipment.

The graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 and Intel Plus Graphics are also more than enough for this device, offering good performance in this regard.

Eighth and tenth generation processors

Apple has a problem with processors and it's probably not all their fault. Its collaboration with Intel paved the way several years ago to be able to reach a greater number of users with their Macs and the consequent arrival of developers capable of creating programs present on other platforms. However, in recent years the supply chain has not been very fine and the latest generation chips take a little longer to reach the apple computers.

It is known in the company environment that they are developing their own processors to add them to the Mac range in 2021, but for the moment Intel chips are still present. In the most basic configurations of this 13-inch MacBook Pro we find the eighth generation, against the top of the range that already have the tenth generation.

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These are the possible configurations:

    8th generation Intel Core i5with quad cores at 1.4 GHz and up to 3.9 GHz with Turbo Boost and 128 MB of eDRAM. 8th generation Intel Core i7with quad cores at 1.4 GHz and up to 4.5 GHz with Turbo Boost and 128 MB of eDRAM. 10th generation Intel Core i5with quad cores at 2 GHz and up to 3.8 GHz with Turbo Boost and 6 MB of shared L3 cache. 10th generation Intel Core i7with quad cores at 2.3 GHz and up to 4.1 GHz with Turbo Boost and 8 MB of shared L3 cache.

This is perhaps one of the most difficult areas to analyze considering that everything depends on the user's use and that other components such as RAM are incorporated. In any case, it seems that any user could be satisfied with it in most of its intensive uses, also highlighting a improvement in cooling of these that avoid overheating that was present in versions of previous generations.

Internal memory

As always, Apple has various configurations in its MacBook Pro. Before, it was 128 GB of SSD that we had in the most basic version, which has now been doubled to 256 GB. Perhaps that amount is still insufficient for many, but at least it gives a greater margin and will allow those who regularly use cloud storage services such as iCloud to use the computer without any problem.

In total there are 5 capacities available: 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB Y 4 TB. all of them with SSD , which facilitates fast reading and writing of data. Regarding the 4 TB limit, it is evident that it is an amount with which 99.9% of users will not have problems, since it is a very large capacity to never be able to fill it.

RAM

Another important point of any self-respecting computer is the RAM memory, which accompanies the processor when it comes to determining good performance and fluidity when executing complex actions or performing several at the same time. In this case we find these options:

    8 GBof LPPDR3 at 2,133 MHz. 16 GBof LPDDR3 at 2,133 MHz. 16 GBof LPDDR4X at 3,733 MHz. 32 GBof LPDDR4X at 3,733 MHz.

Would 64 GB of RAM have been good for much more complex actions? Yes and no. In other words, it is an interesting RAM memory for certain users, but not for a large number, in the end, everything is better. Keep in mind that we are talking about a laptop, which in the end has a lower ventilation system than desktop computers and excessive heating could negatively affect it. Therefore, the configurations offered by Apple, with the integration of the PDDR4X is more than acceptable.

Al fin con Magic Keyboard

The butterfly keyboard added to the MacBook in 2016 will go down in Apple history with the dubious honor of being one of the systems that has left users with the most deficiencies. Now, with this new 13-inch MacBook Pro, the company has completely removed that mechanism from all of its laptops.

The new keyboard with scissor mechanism is known as Magic Keyboard and it is not a casual name. This has the same mechanism and key travel as the namesake available on iMacs or the keyboard with trackpad available on iPad Pros. The experience has improved considerably and users will no longer have the tedious problem of a key getting stuck It prevents you from writing correctly.

This also has an identical design to the 16-inch model, moving the ESC key to the left of the Touchbar and with him Touch ID on the far right. And yes, the Touchbar is still present and also aims to give much less problems than it did in the past. Goodbye to headaches.

Camera and connectors, weakest points?

Count today and today with a resolution of 720p HD on a computer it is almost unthinkable, but this team has it. In fact, the entire range of Apple Macs has this resolution. It is clear that no one can claim to take professional photographs or videos with a laptop, but in the midst of a technological era in which video calls are in such high demand, it is strange not to have at least one 1080p revolution with which we can be seen in better quality. Therefore this is a weak point, although it should not overshadow the rest of the great features that the laptop has.

The connectors are another weak point in our opinion. We understand that the era of classic USB is over and having USB-C may be the most convenient, although sometimes you have to resort to external adapters. What seems incomprehensible is that in the most basic versions you only have two Thunderbolt ports , especially considering that on many occasions one will be busy with the charging cable. Luckily, in the more expensive versions, there are 4 connectors.

13-inch MacBook Pro prices

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As you may have already verified by now, this equipment has several configurations available. In most cases, increasing benefits entails an increase in money, so prices will vary.

From 1,499 euros

  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports: does not change the price.
  • Processor:
    • 8th Generation Intel Core i5 Quad-Core 1.4GHz Processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz): does not change the price.
    • 1.7GHz 8th Generation Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz): + 375 euros .
  • RAM:
    • 8 GB of LPDDR3 memory at 2,133 MHz: does not change the price.
    • 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory at 2,133 MHz: + 125 euros.
  • Internal memory:
    • 256 GB SSD: does not change the price.
    • 512 GB SSD: + 250 euros.
    • 1 TB SSD: +500 euros.
    • 2 TB SSD: + 1,000 euros.
  • Pre-Installed Software:
    • Final Cut Pro X: + 329.99 euros.
    • Logic Pro X: + 229 euros.

From 1,749 euros

  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports: does not change the price.
  • Processor:
    • 8th Generation Intel Core i5 Quad-Core 1.4GHz Processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz): does not change the price.
    • 1.7GHz 8th Generation Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz): + 375 euros .
  • RAM:
    • 8 GB of LPDDR3 memory at 2,133 MHz: does not change the price.
    • 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory at 2,133 MHz: + 125 euros.
  • Internal memory:
    • 512 GB SSD: does not change the price.
    • 1 TB SSD: +250 euros.
    • 2 TB SSD: + 500 euros.
  • Pre-Installed Software:
    • Final Cut Pro X: + 329.99 euros.
    • Logic Pro X: + 229 euros.

From 2,129 euros

  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports: does not change the price.
  • Processor:
    • 2GHz 10th Generation Intel Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz): does not change the price.
    • 2GHz 10th Generation Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz): + 250 euros .
  • RAM:
    • 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory at 3,733 MHz: does not change the price.
    • 32 GB of LPDDR4X memory at 3,733 MHz: + 500 euros.
  • Internal memory:
    • 512 GB SSD: does not change the price.
    • 1 TB SSD: +250 euros.
    • 2 TB SSD: + 750 euros.
    • 4 TB SSD: + 1,500 euros.
  • Pre-Installed Software:
    • Final Cut Pro X: + 329.99 euros.
    • Logic Pro X: + 229 euros.

From 2,379 euros

  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports: does not change the price.
  • Processor:
    • 2GHz 10th Generation Intel Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz): does not change the price.
    • 2GHz 10th Generation Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz): + 250 euros .
  • RAM:
    • 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory at 3,733 MHz: does not change the price.
    • 32 GB of LPDDR4X memory at 3,733 MHz: + 500 euros.
  • Internal memory:
    • 1 TB SSD: does not change the price.
    • 2 TB SSD: + 500 euros.
    • 4 TB SSD: + 1,250 euros.
  • Pre-Installed Software:
    • Final Cut Pro X: + 329.99 euros.
    • Logic Pro X: + 229 euros.

Product guarantee

If you buy it in Europe you will enjoy a 2-year warranty, the first being covered by Apple itself. If you also buy it from the company, they will be 26 months which you will have covered. A year appears on the Apple website, but the truth is that this is due to a translation problem that does not conform to the reality of European laws. In fact, it will be enough for you to contact the company to confirm that this is an error.

In addition you can add the AppleCare+ Extended Warranty , which will reduce the coverage period to 24 months. However, it could compensate when repairing the device for accidental damage not covered by the legal guarantee, since in many cases this can be done free of charge or in exchange for the payment of a small deductible.

overall performance

The compendium of specifications of this MacBook Pro is very broad and there could be many combinations that result in better or worse performance. In general, and regardless of these configurations, everything works very smoothly and the ‘Pro’ spirit is recovered of these small computers that in recent years had played a less relevant role in favor of the high-end 'Air' and also the 15-inch 'Pro'.

Obviously, problems or mistakes can always arise when choosing one or another configuration adapted to your use, but the truth is that as a general rule you will not have any problem with this device if you decide to buy it.