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Apple's 13in MacBook Pro gets a Magic Keyboard and Ice Lake CPUs

Apple has refreshed its 13in MacBook Pro with a Magic Keyboard and optional 10th-generation Intel processors.

The new keyboard design, which first debuted on the 16in MacBook Pro at the end of last year, features a redesigned scissor switch mechanism that's more reliable than Apple's much-maligned butterfly keys that often failed if they came into contact with dust and debris.

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With the 13in MacBook Pro now sporting the new keyboard design, Apple has transitioned its entire laptop lineup away from the glitch-prone mechanism in just six months.

Under the hood, the upgraded MacBook Pro comes equipped with 10th-generation Intel processors for the first time, and given these comes paired with Iris Plus graphics, it appears as if Apple has opted for Ice Lake rather than Comet Lake. The CPU comes complete with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.1GHz and up to 80% faster graphics.

Apple says this enhanced GPU performance enables you to connect the MacBook Pro to its Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution.

However, it's worth noting that the 10th-gen CPU is only available on Apple's more expensive MacBook Pro models. The company also offering a variant of the laptop with 8th-generation Whiskey Lake Intel processors which come paired with Iris Plus Graphics 645.

Other improvements include up to 16GB of faster 3,733MHz RAM as standard, and this can be upgraded to 32GB for the first time on a 13in MacBook Pro. In terms of storage, models can be specced all the way up to 4TB.

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Elsewhere, the new 13in MacBook Pro sports the same 13.3in display as its predecessor, along with a built-in Touch Bar, Force Touch trackpad and Touch ID sensor for securely logging in.

The 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro is available to pre-order now. The entry-level model starts from £1,299, while the Ice Lake variant is priced from £1,799.

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