Before most anticipated, Apple has introduced a brand new 13-inch MacBook Professional with a Magic Keyboard. It options Intel 10th-Gen processors and begins at $1,299. In a single sense, it’s a minor spec-bump improve for the present lineup of 13-inch MacBook Execs. Nevertheless it additionally represents the top of an period: Apple now not sells any new laptops with the much-maligned butterfly keyboard mechanism.
Apple has moved comparatively rapidly to cycle out the butterfly keyboard from its lineup. The 16-inch MacBook Professional was introduced in November 2019, adopted by a refreshed MacBook Air with Magic Keyboard this previous March. Within the span of six months, Apple has fully swapped out its whole laptop computer lineup with fashions that use higher, scissor change keyboards. Evaluate that to the 5 years it spent making an attempt to make the butterfly keyboard mechanism work because the 2015 MacBook (now-discontinued).
As with the final MacBook Professional, Apple is sticking with Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C connectors, 4 of them in complete (plus a headphone jack). The Contact Bar additionally stays for higher or worse, alongside a TouchID fingerprint sensor and — reward be — an actual, bodily ESC key.