The MacBook Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line laptop. It offers top-notch performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to spend top dollar for it. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading about its main features below.
Editor’s note: Updated 4/6/20 with a report that a upgraded 13-inch MacBook Pro could ship in May 2020.
The latest rumor about the MacBook Pro: New 13-inch model coming in May?
The new 16-inch MacBook Pro was released in November 2019, replacing the 15-inch model with a larger screen and other updates. The 13-inch model wasn't updated at that time, and the model that Apple is selling now was originally released in July 2019, so it's due for an update.
The latest rumor about the 13-inch MacBook Pro comes from Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech. On Twitter, Prosser says that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro will be released in May, "If everything goes well." In another tweet, Prosser says that the new laptop could have a 14-inch display, which would follow a similar upgrade path as Apple did with the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is happening in June, and there was some speculation that the new MacBook Pro could be revealed during the keynote. But with the event being held entirely online due to the coronavirus situation, maybe Apple has decided to take a different approach with product releases.
Processor, memory, graphics, and SSDs
The MacBook Pro uses Intel’s Core processors. The 13-inch models use LPDDR3 RAM and support a maximum of 16GB. The 16-inch models use DDR4 RAM and the maximum amount of RAM supported is 64GB.
The 13-inch models have only an integrated graphics processor, either the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 or Graphics 655. The 16-inch models have the integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 processor, as well as a discrete AMD Radeon Pro 5300M or AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics card.
The solid state drives (SSDs) range from 128GB to 512GB in the standard configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. In the 16-inch models, you start with either 512GB or 1TBB. You can upgrade the SSD to up to 2TB on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, or up to 8TB on the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar, a strip that’s located where the function keys are usually at the top of the keyboard. The Touch Bar is an OLED screen that lights up with different icons, buttons, and functions you can use relative to the tasks and app you are using on your Mac. For example, if you are using Messages, the Touch Bar will show a set on emoji, and you can tap the emoji you want to use. Learn more about the types of controls the Touch Bar offers.
For a better idea of how the Touch Bar integrates into your daily use, read our review of the 2016 MacBook Pro, when the Touch Bar made its debut. You can also watch the video below.
Models and prices
Apple offers four standard configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and two of the 16-inch MacBook Pro. All laptops are available in Space Gray or Silver. Here’s the rundown on each model. (Each model can be customized at an additional cost.)
13-inch MacBook Pro
$1,299: 1.4GHz quad-core eighth-generation Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 128GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 (integrated graphics), two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports
$1,499: 1.4GHz quad-core eighth-generation Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 (integrated graphics), two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports
$1,799: 2.4GHz quad-core eighth-generation Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (integrated graphics), four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports
$1,999: 2.4GHz quad-core eighth-generation Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 512GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (integrated graphics), four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports
16-inch MacBook Pro
$2,399: 2.6GHz 6-core ninth-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, 512GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 630 (integrated graphics), 4GB AMD Radeon Pro 5300M (discrete graphics), four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports
$2,799: 2.3GHz 8-core ninth-generation Core i9 processor, 16GB of memory, 1TB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 630 (integrated graphics), 4GB AMD Radeon Pro 5500M (discrete graphics), four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports
How to buy a MacBook Pro
Apple has refurbished MacBook Pro models available in the company’s Refurbished and Clearance Store. Refurbs offer a modest savings over new models.
Apple tests and certifies all products in the Refurbished store. Supply is limited, so Apple could run out of refurb stock, and you’ll have to check back if you missed your opportunity to buy. But once Apple receives your payment, the company guarantees your purchase.
Refurb products come with a one-year warranty.