The MacBook Pro is undoubtably one of the best (and most popular) laptops for creatives, and the line-up is due a refresh this year.
After the hugely welcome MacBook Pro 16-inch was released in November, it jumped straight to the top of several of our best laptop lists, including the best laptops for graphic design (opens in new tab). The web is now awash with rumours about how the 13-inch MacBook Pro will fare in 2020, and based on brand new leaks, it looks like we could be seeing an update to that model as early as next month, possibly with a larger screen.
What might it look like, how much will it cost, and will there finally be an update to the keyboard? Here's a freshly updated rundown of everything we know so far.
MacBook Pro 2020: Design
One design triumph with the recent 16-inch model was the reduction of the bezels around the screen, allowing for a larger display within a similar body to the previous 15-inch model. We called the new screen "gorgeous" in our MacBook Pro 16-inch review.
It looks like Apple could be taking similar approach again – according to new analyst notes shared by MacRumours (opens in new tab), we might be seeing a MacBook Pro with a 14.1 inch mini-LED display. This suggests that rather than reducing the size of the machine, Apple could once again trim the bezels, allowing for a larger display within something close to the current 13-inch body.
If there's one design change we're really excited about for the MacBook Pro 2020, it's an updated keyboard. Of all the controversies Apple has faced in recent years, the butterfly keyboard saga has been the stickiest (quite literally – we've enjoyed many a trip to the Genius Bar with stuck keys). Not only has Apple issued a rare apology (opens in new tab) for the defect-prone design, but it was even targeted during a speech (opens in new tab) by director Taika Waititi at this year's Oscars.
Thankfully, a better typing experience seems to be on the horizon. Last year's 16-inch MacBook Pro saw a return to the traditional scissor switch mechanism beneath the keys, so we hope (and pray) that Apple will see fit to update the keyboard across its entire MacBook Pro line.
MacBook Pro 2020: Tech specs
Until Apple officially reveals the new MacBook Pro, we can only speculate about what it will offer internally. That said, leaked benchmarks reported by our sister site TechRadar suggest we might be getting a new model armed with a 10th-generation Ice Lake processor, one of the best-performing mobile chips around. The least we'd hope for with a refreshed MacBook Pro is a performance boost, and these leaks suggest that's exactly what we'll be getting.
MacBook Pro 2020: Release date and price
Right now, rumours are pointing to March 31 (opens in new tab) for the next Apple Event, which means the new MacBook Pro could make its first appearance at the end of next month, alongside reported updates to the iPad Pro (opens in new tab) and iMac Pro (which we hope resembles this amazing concept (opens in new tab)).
While the release dates for new iPhones are easy to predict (they're nearly always revealed at Apple's September event), the last four years have seen MacBooks released in October, June, July, May and November. The latter was the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which didn't even get a release event. While we can't rule out Apple announcing the new model via a simple press release, we're holding out hope that we'll see it at the rumoured March event – if not before.
Pricing details are similarly vague. The only thing we probably shouldn't count on is a price drop. Apple is known to keep prices the same when a product is refreshed. The current MacBook Pro 13-inch starts at $1,299/£1,299 for the 1.4GHz processor base model, and the 2.4GHz model begins at $1,799/£1,799. We're not expecting to see prices drop any lower than that, so it's definitely time to start saving.
MacBook Pro 2020: What we'd like to see
In terms of screen size, we'd prefer to see a 14-inch display within a similar sized machine than a reduced overall footprint. That extra inch of screen would make all the difference for creatives – and if portability is paramount, there's always the much slimmer MacBook Air.
But most of all, we want to see the 16-inch model's lovely new keyboard come to the smaller MacBook Pro. And the Air. The sooner we can brush this butterfly business under the carpet and move on with our lives, the better.
We'll update this post as and when more news drops on the new MacBook Pro 2020. But if you can't wait that long to get your hands on one, you can currently get some great deals on the current MacBook Pro models. Here are the best prices in your area: