With the MacBook Pro 16-inch receiving rave reviews, Apple-made ARM processors on the horizon, and even a dual-screen MacBook apparently in the works, these are exciting times for fans of Apple’s laptops.
That’s doubly so with the MacBook Pro, where a lot of Apple’s high-end development takes place. And with the new decade upon us, there’s plenty to look forward to this year. So what exactly should you expect from the MacBook Pro in 2020?
Price and release date
The previously rumored spring event of 2020 has been canceled, but according to industry analyst Jon Prosser, we’ll still get the products that were due to launch at this event. Prosser was proved at least partially correct when Apple did just that for the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro. But when will the next MacBook Pro update come?
Well, most sources say there are actually two updates to the MacBook Pro in the works. The first is a modest update to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which could be scheduled for this spring. Prosser says the refresh could come in April 2020, though he recently restated that it could come in mid-May. The second update is more substantial, which involves moving to a larger 14-inch MacBook Pro to replace the 13-inch. Prosser claims this more significant update could replace the 13-inch model at WWDC in early June.
The other school of thought comes from well-regarded Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has also predicted that Apple will launch a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro later this year. Interestingly, Kuo — who is known for the accuracy of his predictions — says it’ll launch alongside a refreshed MacBook Pro 16.
And what about the price? Well, this is even more elusive than the release date, with no firm data coming from any sources. However, once again we can use a little lateral thinking to make a decent guess at what the MacBook Pro 2020 might cost.
An all-powerful, eye-burning Mini-LED display
Over time, the MacBook Pro has built up a reputation for its stellar display, which boasts exceptional brightness, a wide color gamut, and low color error rates. Recent rumors suggest that those screens are set to get even better.
According to reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is working on a Mini-LED display that will dramatically ramp up the quality, and we are already seeing this technology proliferate in high-end monitors launching in 2020. Apple’s Pro Display XDR — its highest-quality, most luxurious monitor so far — contains 576 LEDs; a Mini-LED MacBook Pro could boast up to 10,000 LEDs.
Apple couldswitch to AMD — or even ARM
It’s no secret that Apple has become frustrated with Intel, as the chip manufacturer has often struggled to meet deadlines, resulting in MacBooks launching without the latest and greatest processors inside them. It seems that Apple has just about run out of patience, and could well be looking elsewhere for its MacBook Pro processors. The question is which alternative it’ll settle on.
Though sticking with Intel is most likely, the leading replacement candidate is AMD. In February 2020, MacOS beta code was unearthed that made reference to numerous AMD processors and graphics chips, including “Renoir,” which is a code name for AMD’s Ryzen 4000-series processors. The U series chips offer up to eight cores and 16 threads while using a tiny 25 watts of power. While it’s possible Apple was just testing them out and has no intentions of using them in future Macs, Renoir’s power-to-performance ratio seems absolutely perfect for a top-end machine like the MacBook Pro
We’d also be remiss if we didn’t talk about the ports. Apple thankfully seems to have left behind the days of the single USB-C port now that it’s killed the 12-inch MacBook, but it’s still possible to buy a brand-new MacBook Pro with just two USB-C ports. That’s appropriate for the MacBook Air, but for a device aimed at professional users with a plethora of accessories, monitors, and devices to connect up, that’s just not enough. We’re all for the super-speed benefits of Thunderbolt 3, but we need enough ports to be able to get our work done without drowning in dongles.
Finally, we’d love to see better battery life. We were disappointed with the MacBook Pro 13’s battery life, and even the MacBook Pro 16 didn’t give as much juice as we were hoping for, despite its enormous battery. Our prayers could be answered, though, as MacOS Catalina 10.15.5 contains a new Battery Health Management feature that actively measures your charging habits and your battery temperature in order to prolong its lifespan. We’re hopeful this means the MacBook Pro 2020 should last longer than its predecessor.
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