New 13-inch MacBook Pro, Windows 10X puts Surface Neo/Duo on hold, plus more
Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter , for Monday, May 4. Yes! May the fourth! ( DGiT Daily was published that iconic crawling text as an optional read!)
1. Apple refreshes the 13-inch MBP, Windows 10X halts dual-screen PCs
First, Apple announced a refresh of the 13-inch MacBook Pro . The main change is that Apple did away with the controversial butterfly keyboard, putting back the old/new Magic Keyboard with scissor switches. But it didn’t launch a new 14-inch MBP, either, making this a tweak/polish refresh.
Enough words have been let out regarding Apple’s attempts to make a new thin butterfly keyboard work. It just didn’t. It was a sorry chapter mostly for consumers battling too-regular keyboard issues.
Finally all Apple MacBook Pros now avoid the pain of the butterfly keyboard.
Although it’s not over: if you own a MBP with a butterfly keyboard right now, you’re still stuck. So, should you upgrade now if you’ve been waiting for a 13-inch MBP? Hard to say.
The rumored 14-inch MacBook Pro is still coming, based on the reports that said it’d be a laptop with next-gen mini-LED display. That alone may well be good enough to consider upgrading, but that’s down the line.
The current spec bumps aren’t quite game changers though. Useful, but need explaining: Intel’s new 10th-gen CPU is on board higher-end models, and Apple’s doubled the storage for all models, plus made 16GB of RAM standard on higher-tiers. But price-points matter a lot.
No reviews yet, so we’ll be keeping an eye out to see what insights emerge from those.
The $1300 model is not what it seems :
Apple says the 13-inch MBP now starts at $1,299. And that is true. But that money gets you a new keyboard only: otherwise, you’re back with Intel’s 8th-gen CPUs, 8GB of older RAM, and 256GB SSD storage, and just two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
You’re much better off pretending that doesn’t exist, and going for at least a $1,799 model: four Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 10th-gen 2.0GHz quad-core Core i5 CPU, 16GB of faster LPDDR4X RAM, and 512GB SSD.
Maybe you’d add 1TB for another $200, or $200 for a 2.3GHz quad-core Core i7 chip. It depends on the fit for purpose, but spending the extra cash above the entry-level will see you with a device that ages better.
But also: the pricing and wider Apple ecosystem changes had more than a few people saying that if you don’t want to pay over $1300 for a laptop, but must have Apple, get the iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard. I can’t say if that makes sense or not, but it’s an argument that is becoming louder.
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s promised Surface Neo dual screen Windows tablet (above) is on hold , as Windows 10X grows in importance:
The new Windows 10X, originally announced as being designed for dual-screen devices like the Neo, will now be focused on “single-screen” devices. And that shift...