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MacBook Recommendation: Q2 2020

Earlier this month, Apple updated its 13-inch MacBook Pro, and while there weren’t too many changes under the hood, there were some significant improvements that I felt would be great to take note of.

This also isn’t meant to be a detailed review, for that, you may check out some decent reviews at:

The butterfly keyboard is finally gone

The issues with Apple’s horrible butterfly keyboard are well-documented, but Joanna Stern’s famous article is probably the best example of the whole issue.

All I can say is that the replacing the flawed butterfly keyboard with the new Magic Keyboard is the biggest selling factor of this updated machine. I previously refused to recommend any MacBook that used the butterfly keyboard.

The confusion over naming

While the current line is called the 13-inch MacBook Pro, it’s important to know that there are two very different variants of it. Basically the version touting the 8th-generation Intel Core processor with 2 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, and more powerful model with the 10th-generation Intel Core processor with 4 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports.

There are other differences between then, but it’s definitely something to take note of.

Storage and RAM

These were sticking points for me, as my current 13-inch MacBook Pro is feeling the strain with its 250GB storage and 8GB of RAM. If I were to upgrade this round, I’d stretch to include 32GB of RAM and 1TB (ideally 2TB) of storage.

For the average user, I’d recommend to get at least 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, especially when you take into account that you can’t really upgrade the storage and RAM at a later date, so get what you need for the next few years.

Conclusion

It’s lacking a dedicated graphics card, but this is basically the machine I’ve been waiting for. If you don’t feel the need to get the extra bit of power that this machine provides, the current MacBook Air might be a cheaper and lighter option, otherwise, this is definitely my choice for 2020.

By matt

A tech enthusiast who spent his first paycheck ever on a mobile phone. Over a decade later, he's still throwing all his money at mobile technology, much to the chagrin of his wife.