According to a rumour currently doing the rounds, new MacBooks are about to appear in the wild as soon as next month. The rumour originates from a somewhat credible leaker – Jon Prosser. He claims Apple will refresh its 13-inch laptops by changing the problematic Butterfly keyboard to the reliable Magic Keyboard mechanism introduced with the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Speaking of screen sizes, it is quite possible that Apple will bump the display diagonal to around 14 inches on the new laptops. This model has been consistently referred to in previous rumours, so it is indeed a possibility.
Additionally, the 2020 models will use Intel’s 10th-generation Ice Lake processors and probably feature extended RAM memory and SSD storage sizes. The prices will likely stay the same as the current 13-inch models, starting at USD 1300 for the base model.
A New MacBook Pro in May?
Such a refresh will be most welcome, as the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the freshly released MacBook Air are the only portable options in Apple’s current line-up that feature a reliable keyboard mechanism. Back in the day, purchasing a 2018 MacBook Pro ended up being one of my silliest decisions with the stiff Butterfly keyboard going haywire in about 8 months of light use (I didn’t use it as my writing machine). I can’t say I wasn’t warned, either.
Still, I sold it to a friend of mine at a heavy financial loss and bought the 16-incher when it came out. That one has been rock-solid, especially after the latest Catalina update. So I genuinely hope those in a similar situation or looking for a smaller MacBook Pro will be given the opportunity to switch to a future-proof machine as soon as possible. If not, Apple’s extended keyboard repair program has them covered for a good while, I guess.
The Macbook Pro’s long-term future will see Apple switch to in-house designed ARM processors as soon as 2021, according to reports. Now this will be an interesting development for sure!