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Apple brings two new 28 W processors to MacBook Pro with up to 32 GB of RAM and a 4 TB SSD; no 14.1-inch display upgrade though, while two Thunderbolt 3 models remain on Coffee Lake architecture

The new MacBook Pro starts at US$1,299, but not if you want Ice Lake processors. (Image source: Apple)
The new MacBook Pro starts at US$1,299, but not if you want Ice Lake processors. (Image source: Apple)
The new MacBook Pro is here, but it may not quite be what you had expected. Starting at US$1,299, Apple has included its new Magic Keyboard, up to 32 GB of RAM and 4 TB of SSD storage and a choice of four processors. There is no 14.1-inch display though or any Ryzen 4000 Renoir processor options. Surprisingly, there are two quad-core 8th-generation Coffee Lake processors and two new 28 W Ice Lake processors from which to choose. An Ice Lake MacBook Pro 13 will set you back at least US$1,799, though.
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The new MacBook Pro is here, but it may not quite be what you had expected. Primed with Apple's Magic Keyboard, the MacBook Pro is the last of the company's laptops to move away from its controversial Butterfly switches. Reflecting 3DMark, you can now equip the baby MacBook Pro with up to 32 GB of RAM and 4 TB of SSD storage. Both are soldered to the Pro's Logic Board, though.

Likewise, the new MacBook Pro can be configured with a Ice Lake-U series processors, which Apple claims will deliver up to 80% faster graphics performance than the last MacBook Pro, and 2.8x faster performance than the most-recent dual-core MacBook Pro.

So, Jon Prosser is two for two, first with the release of the iPhone SE and now the refresh of the MacBook Pro. However, Apple has not upgraded the small MacBook Pro to a 14.1-inch display as people, including Prosser, claimed was likely to be the case. So, while the MacBook Pro remains a 13-inch machine, it has received several upgrades.

Apple continues to offer the MacBook Pro 13 in two tiers, which it distinguishes with two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports. It is worth keeping in mind that the two Thunderbolt 3 port models are stuck with a choice between last-generation processors. Specifically, these can be configured with either a Core i5-8257U or Core i7-8557U, the same 8th generation chips that the company included with the last two Thunderbolt 3 port MacBook Pro 13.

In short, Apple has changed the keyboard and made 256 GB the entry-level storage option for the two Thunderbolt 3 port models. Starting at US$1,299, the two Thunderbolt 3 port model tops out at US$2,399 for 16 GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM, a 2 TB SSD and a Core i7-8557U processor.

If you want an Ice Lake-U MacBook Pro 13, then these start at US$1,799 with a Core i5, 16 GB of LPDDR4X-3733 RAM and 512 GB of storage. We can confirm that the entry-level Ice Lake-U series processor is the Core i5-1038NG7, a reference to which we saw courtesy of @TUM_APISAK in February. A 28 W part, the Core i5-1038NG7 can clock up to 3.8 GHz. The Core i5-1038NG7 is joined by the Core i7-1068NG7 as 3DMark recently confirmed also. Another 28 W chip too, the Core i7-1068NG7 can reach up to 4.1 GHz. Both CPUs integrate an Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 GPU. We have included a table below of the differences between the two Ice Lake-U CPUs:

All SKUs are available to order now on Apple.com. Apple will begin shipping orders in 3-5 working days.

CPU Core i5-1038NG7 Core i7-1068NG7
Base clock 2.0 GHz 2.3 GHz
Boost clock 3.8 GHz 4.1 GHz
L3 cache 6 MB 8 MB
GPU Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7
TDP 28 W 28 W
The Magic Keyboard on the new MacBook Pro 13. (Image source: Apple)
The Magic Keyboard on the new MacBook Pro 13. (Image source: Apple)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-05- 4 (Update: 2020-05- 5)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.