The most portable MacBook Pro now packs in more power

13-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2020) is here
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Apple has announced its latest version of its 13-inch MacBook Pro, which promises  double the storage,  faster performance, and a new  Magic Keyboard for 2020.

The MacBook Pro family is one of the best photo-editing laptops (opens in new tab), and is loved by photographers and videomakers the world over. And although some of the best MacBooks (opens in new tab) have larger screens, the 13-inch baby of the Pro range has a great deal of appeal for those of us that want to carry around their laptop in a messenger bag (opens in new tab)or camera backpack (opens in new tab).

The  13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 doubles the storage offerings across the whole range, so you start with 256GB minimum, with read speeds up to 3 GB/s. But options allow you to set yourself up with a whopping 4TB of SSD storage.

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As we would have expected, Apple's new Magic Keyboard makes its way onto the 13-inch model for the first time (having already been incorporated into the latest MacBook Air and 16in MacBook Pro). This replaces the unpopular butterfly keyboard - and is generally accepted as giving a much better typing experience.

In terms of graphics, the news MacBook Pro offers Intel Iris Plus , which is promises 80 percent faster performance over the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro – which will be particularly useful when editing 4K video.

The basic 13in MacBook Pro 2020 comes with quad-core 8th-Gen processor, but there is the option of 10th-Gen quad-core chip with turbo boost speeds up to 4.1GHz. The 13-inch MacBook Pro continues to have two Thunderbolt 3  in its most budget form, and you need to opt for the £1,799/$1,799 configuration if you want four ports.

The starting price  is $1,299 / £1,299 / AU$1,999 for 13-inch model with a 1.4GHz quad-core 8th-Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. The new MacBook Pro can be bought now (opens in new tab), with shipping due to commence later this week. 

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Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.