Apple on Tuesday introduced a new version of its entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro notebook, which has not seen an update since mid-2017. The new model continues to feature the renowned form-factor along with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, but it now comes with a quad-core CPU, a True Tone Retina display, a Touch Bar and Touch ID. The upgraded versions will replace existing cheap MBPs and therefore Apple will no longer offer its latest MacBook Pros without a Touch Bar.

The mid-2019 entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is based on Intel’s 8th Generation quad-core Core i5/i7 processor with Iris Plus Graphics 645 integrated GPU. It is accompanied by 8 or 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory as well as an SSD offering 128 GB – 2 TB capacity. These machines are placed between the more advanced MacBook Pros with four Thunderbolt 3 connectors and the new MacBook Airs (introduced earlier today). The more expensive 13-inch MBP models introduced earlier this year come with considerably faster quad-core processors equipped with Iris Plus Graphics 655, whereas the cheaper MacBook Air notebooks feature dual-core CPUs along with UHD Graphics 617.

Unlike the previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops, these new models have the same features as the higher-end SKUs, as they are equipped with Touch Bar, Touch ID fingerprint reader, and the Apple T2 Security Chip. Essentially, all new MacBook Pro machines will now have a Touch Bar (and no function keys), an indicator that the device turned out to be popular with software developers. Of course it remains to be seen whether Apple’s customers will be satisfied with such a design choice as many still need F keys for various special-purpose software (e.g., specific Windows programs).

MacBook Pro 13-Inch 2019 (Base Models)
Model 2019 13-Inch
2018 13-Inch
CPU 2.4 GHz/4.1 GHz
Core i5-8???U
4 CPU Cores
(Coffee Lake)
1.4 GHz/3.9 GHz
Core i5-8???U
4 CPU Cores
(Coffee Lake)
GPU Intel Iris Plus 655
(128MB eDRAM)
Intel Iris Plus 645
(? eDRAM)
Display 13" 2560 x 1600 IPS LCD
DCI-P3 Gamut
True Tone
Memory 8 GB LPDDR3-2133
Touch Bar Yes
I/O 4x Thunderbolt 3 (supports DP1.2 & USB 3.1 Gen 2 modes),
3.5mm Audio
2x Thunderbolt 3 (supports DP1.2 & USB 3.1 Gen 2 modes),
3.5mm Audio
Battery Capacity 58 Wh 58.2 Wh
Battery Life 10 Hours
Dimensions 1.49 cm x 30.41 cm x 21.24 cm
Weight 3.02 lbs (1.37 kg)
Price $1799 $1299

When it comes to I/O capabilities, the new reasonably-priced 13-inch MacBook Pro notebooks also have the same features as the fully-fledged models (with the exception of two TB3 ports vs. four TB3 ports), including 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0, a 720p HD webcam, a 3.5-mm headset jack, stereo speakers, a large touchpad.

Since cheaper versions of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops use the same chassis as other notebooks in the series, they feature the same weight and thickness (i.e., 1.37 kilograms and 1.49 cm). The machines are outfitted with a 58.2 Wh battery that enables up to 10 hours of operation on one charge.

Apple’s new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro notebooks with two Thunderbolt 3 ports are available today directly from Apple for $1,299 and $1,499 depending on the configuration. College students in the US can get a new MacBook Pro starting at $1,199.

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  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    New for you in 2019...LPDDR3...because fk you, that's why.
  • Ninhalem - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    Is there an actual low power version of DDR4? If not, then why would Apple sacrifice battery life for what might be slight increases in performance?
  • axfelix - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    There, it's just that Intel's 14nm chips never used it. Intel is like the one company still necessitating use of LPDDR3 for all of their thin laptops because LPDDR4 support always got pushed off with 10nm, when it's been in phones and everything else for years now.
  • axfelix - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    "There is," oops
  • Sychonut - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - link

    Oh I thought LPDDR4 would make it for 14+++++.
  • deil - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - link

    LPDDR4 have better wat/performance, so it WOULD end up better, but intel was like from 10+, it will be soon here.... for 5 years.
  • ingwe - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    I thought that was a Coffee Lake limitation? I am not sure though. What I hate is the 128 GB SSD. Just bump it to at least 256 GB already.
  • AdditionalPylons - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    Yup, and what's even more insulting is that the upgrade from 128 to 256 GB is $200! That's $1600/TB! This is in a world where you can buy a 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO for $170, except of course Apple doesn't have slotted SSDs because of the T2 chip.
  • Samus - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - link

    Can't tell you how many MacBooks I've installed an OWC SSD upgrade in.

    Really, I can't. I lost count years ago. Apple was still pushing 64GB models at the low end until just a few years ago, it's ridiculous.
  • tipoo - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    Because Intel won't support LPDDR4 until Ice Lake. Do people still not understand this?

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