With the 16-inch MacBook Pro receiving very favorable critics, the ARM processors manufactured by Apple on the horizon and even a seemingly in-process double-screen MacBook, are interesting times for fans of Apple laptops. And with the new decade in diapers, there's a lot to see this year, but what exactly should you expect from the MacBook Pro 2020?
Price and release date
At this time, the exact release dates are speculation, but there are many indications of previous years that we can use to know with certainty when the MacBook Pro 2020 will be released.
Normally, Apple releases larger MacBook Pro updates at June or October events or minor updates through a press release in May or July. While there is no way to guarantee that it will be the same in 2020, s suggests that the earliest a new MacBook Pro will arrive in 2020 will be around May.
We have another clue: according to a MacRumors filtering, Apple has registered a new MacBook Pro model. Registered at the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), the document refers to a device with the model number A2289, manufactured by the “brand of Apple portable personal computers ”and running the“ MacOS 10.15 software version ”. That is the current software, also known as Catalina.
The fact that the report has been submitted to the Eurasian Economic Commission gives credibility to the idea that the launch date is approaching sooner rather than later. Similar records revealed the existence of new iPad in July 2019 and were released less than two months later in September 2019; It's the same story that happened with the MacBook Air and the Pro: they were leaked in June 2019 and updated in July.
This will suggest an earlier release date than usual, but then it is possible that it is an unusual MacBook Pro: a 13-inch variant of the MacBook Pro 16.
And what about the price? Well, this is even harder to predict than the release date, without firm data coming from any source. However, once again we can use some lateral thinking to make a decent assumption of what the MacBook Pro 2020 might cost.
The main clue comes from the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which maintains exactly the same price as the MacBook Pro 15, despite offering a new design and features. So, if a reduced MacBook Pro 16 is just around the corner, we expect you to follow the example of your older sister and keep her current starting price of $ 1,299 dollars, with several changes in size and specifications.
The MacBook Pro 16, but smaller
When Apple launched the 16-inch MacBook Pro in December 2019, I chose to bring its new features to this model only. This meant that the smaller MacBook Pro 13 remained the same: same thick bezels, same butterfly keyboard, all the same.
This always seemed like a temporary situation, especially when the positive critics began to arrive on the improved keyboard, the best thermal architecture and the most modern look. We find it hard to believe that Apple wants to restrict these features only to the 16-inch model; A renewed MacBook Pro 13 is surely on its way.
Returning to the archives of the EEC, there are clues that indicate that the filtered device is part of the same family as the MacBook Pro, with the model number A2289 as the main one. The MacBook Pro 16 has a model number A2141, and is the first MacBook Pro that uses a model number that starts with "A2" (previously, all recent MacBook Pros started with "A1"). Although several iPads also use model numbers starting with A2, the emphasis on “laptop brand” in the EEC classification implies that this device is a relative of the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
We think that it is very unlikely that this is a touch-up for the MacBook Pro 16, since it does not seem to make sense to update it as soon after its launch. The 13-inch MacBook Pro, however, has not been touched since July 2019, so it is much more likely that the EEC classification refers to it.
This means that we can expect a specification sheet similar to that of the MacBook Pro 16: a Magic Keyboard with an improved tour; thinner screen bezels; the Touch Bar with a physical Esc key and a touch identification button; and a new cooling system to extract more performance from internal components.
An ARM processor seems possible
Rumors that Apple changing its processors from Intel to ARM have been on the air for a long time, but it seems that 2020 may be the year when this finally comes true. A number of factors, including the excellent performance of Apple's ARM-based iOS chips, numerous and frustrating delays in Intel processors for the Mac, Apple's latest software projects and reports from reliable sources suggest that ARM processors They will arrive at the MacBook Pro sooner rather than later.
For example, both Bloomberg and Axios have reported that Apple is underway with the change, whose code name is Kalamata. At this time, Apple depends on Intel providing the processors that power its MacBooks; numerous times in recent years, Intel has been delayed in its delivery, which means that the MacBook has gone on the market without the latest and better chips inside. With the frustration that this entails, on the one hand, and the excellent performance of Apple's own mobile processors, on the other, it seems that Apple has run out of patience.
However, there is another reason, and interestingly it does not come from the world of hardware, but from software. The clue here is the Project Catalyst initiative, which involves Apple's continued effort to make iOS applications work on the Mac. The project has started with iPad applications taking the first leap, and supposedly expanding to include applications for the iPhone in 2020. The ultimate goal is to allow any application to work on any Apple platform.
According to the reports, Apple hopes to facilitate this by equipping all its devices, including the MacBook Pro, with ARM chips. On the one hand, this will greatly facilitate the lives of application developers, who can work on applications knowing that they will run in the same architecture regardless of the device.
Adding ARM processors to the MacBook Pro also gives us a possible clue as to its release date. Given the great momentum that this will give to application developers, it makes sense that Apple wants to show it at the event focused on Apple developers, WWDC, which takes place every year in June. Therefore, we have our sights set on the June 2020 release date for the MacBook Pro; Although it is much later than the EEC file would suggest, that document may refer to a device other than the ARM MacBook Pro. It is always possible for Apple to limit its initial deployment of ARM processors to basic devices such as the MacBook Air or a relaunched MacBook.
An almighty mini-LED display
Over time, the MacBook Pro has proven to have an outstanding display, with exceptional brightness, a wide range of colors and low rates of color error. According to the different transcended ones, the computer display will be even better.
Renowned analysts Ming-Chi Kuo indicates that Apple is working on a mini-LED screen, in order to significantly increase the quality of its machine panel. To put a reference, the Pro Display XDR has 576 LEDs, while the MacBook Pro can integrate up to 10,000.
In sizes of 13 and 16 inches, Apple's computer will offer exceptional performance in HDR, wide color and high contrast, while avoiding the burning problems OLED displays can experience.
Not to throw all the bells on the fly, there are some considerations. It is understood that Kuo asserts that this advanced technology is not cheap at all, so it can only be present in the high-end MacBook Pro (as well as in the iPad Pro). Also, the analyst predicts a launch by the end of 2020 or mid-2021, that is, we must wait a while to see this super screen.
MacBook Pro 2020: our wish list
To all this, what would we like to see in the new MacBook Pro? While not all of these features have been mentioned in the reports, we would like to see them on the next Apple computer.
Face ID tops the list. Apple already has a lot of experience implementing its face unlock technology on its iPhone, but it has deprived its MacBook of it. Undoubtedly, a signature machine with this development will be safer than one with Touch ID, as well as more convenient: the user will only have to sit in front of his team, look at it, to start working immediately.
At CES 2020, AMD presented its Ryzen 4 processor, which has up to eight cores and 16 wires with low power consumption, only 15 watts. Apple demands energy efficient parts for the MacBook Pro, to be silent in most operations, for which AMD chips will be an interesting option. Putting these on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, for example, could revolutionize what creative professionals can do with a small computer.
Finally, there is the matter of ports. Apple seems to have left behind the days of a single USB Type-C port now that it has "killed" the 12-inch MacBook, although it is still possible to buy a new MacBook Pro with two USB Type-C ports. That seems appropriate for the MacBook Air, but not for a device aimed at professional users with a large number of accessories, monitors and equipment to connect. The benefits of Thunderbolt 3 are known in terms of speed, however, we need enough ports to do our job and, consequently, not depend on the dongles.
* Updated on January 30, 2020 by Luis Miguel Paredes.