Finally, the last notebook to hold on to those Butterfly keyboards is safe to buy. As to be expected, this rendition of the Magic Keyboard (alongside the 16-inch and Air) isn’t covered by the Keyboard Service Program. In addition to reliability, the keyboard brings back the inverted-T arrow layout and physical escape key to the left of the Touch Bar.
Let’s take a look at the new base models.
The storage has doubled. For example, the $1,299 model comes with a 256 GB SSD, which is much more reasonable than 128 GB. This has been a pattern among Mac refreshes lately.
The lower-end (1.4 GHz, 8th-gen, quad-core i5) processors remain unchanged. That only gives prospective buyers another reason to bump up to the four-port models, as they got 10th generation chips (like the MacBook Air), and “up to 80 percent faster graphics performance”. I’m looking forward to seeing benchmark comparisons between those three machines. There could be an expensive price-performance gap between the $1,299 Pro and $999 Air, considering the former is two generations behind Intel’s latest Core architecture.
The new high-end models now start with 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory, which can now be upgraded to 32 GB (a first for Apple’s 13-inch notebooks). The inclusion of LPDDR4 RAM puts it on par with both the 2020 MacBook Air and the latest offerings from Wintel laptop makers.
At the time of this writing, Apple’s website claims a free shipping delivery date of May 8th at the latest for the dual-port, 1.4 GHz models. However, the four-port models could arrive between ten and twelve days later.