21st May 2020

Which 13-Inch MacBook Pro Should You Choose?

You can always count on Apple to provide a little normality in life –  even during the most difficult times. Something that really cheered us up as Mac enthusiasts was the recent release of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. However, whilst this was welcome news to the Apple community, it’s left many with a tough decision: do you choose a standard base model or a top of the range one that naturally comes with a higher price tag?

It pays to look at the differences of each. On first appearances, the devices are almost identical. They also both have the new Magic Keyboard and Touch Bar. When it comes to the likes of RAM and graphics, that’s where you’ll see the differences. Read on for our 13-inch MacBook Pro review, which will determine the one you should choose.

The specifications

Let’s begin by comparing the similarities and differences of these two devices:

13″ MacBook Pro – 1.4GHz with 256GB SSD (refreshed/lower-end model) 13″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar – 2.0GHz with 512GB SSD (new/higher-end model)
Intel Quad Core i5 1.4GHz Intel Quad Core i5 2.0GHz
Intel Iris Graphics 645 Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Magic Keyboard Magic Keyboard
Touch Bar and Touch ID Touch Bar and Touch ID
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports Four Thunderbolt 3 ports


RAM and storage

The refreshed 1.4GHz model has remained the same in that it only has 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory. The new 2.0GHz one, however, has been upgraded: 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory to be precise. That’s ultra-fast RAM. Previously, if you had wanted more than 8GB of RAM, you would have had to pay for additional memory.

Before these 13-inch MacBook Pros were released, the lower-end model came with 128GB SSD storage and the higher-end one 256GB. However, both now have double the storage. This means the top of the range device now has 512GB SSD storage. Alongside its 16GB of memory, this will save you a serious amount of money compared to the previous high-end model – which would have needed to be configured, resulting in a lengthy lead time. Now, you get these as standard through next-day delivery.


If you were to opt for the new model, you’d get the 2.0GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor. This is the most recent one, and it’s a fantastic advancement from its predecessor. With the refreshed lower-end 13-inch MacBook Pro, the processor is literally the same: the 1.4GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor.

In our opinion, the 10th-generation processor is more than worth its weight in gold. It’s more efficient, plus it’s significantly faster than the refreshed model. In terms of single-core, it’s approximately 30% quicker.


Graphics have been improved too for the new 2.0GHz model. It comes with the newer Intel Iris Plus Graphics card, whereas the refreshed 1.4GHz 13-inch device still has the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 card.

Alongside the 10th-generation Intel processor, the Iris Plus Graphics card offers significantly swifter graphics rendering. The graphics performance can be as much as 80% faster than previously. It’s a clear winner!

How to decide on your 13-inch MacBook Pro

Ultimately the 13-inch MacBook Pro you choose depends on your business needs and budget. We’re definitely impressed with the savings that come with the new 2.0GHz model. If you were to upgrade the standard 1.4GHz refreshed device from 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage to 16GB and 512GB, then you’d only be £1.20+VAT per week shy of getting the 2.0GHz device. Therefore, with the improved graphics and processor speeds, going for the higher-end new model really is a no-brainer.

If you need some help with your decision, we’re happy to go through the details of these devices further. Some worry about the premium price that Macs naturally come with, however this doesn’t have to be a concern. You can maintain a positive cash flow by leasing – spreading the cost over a longer period of time, giving you peace of mind.

MacBook Pro business leasing

Leasing has a number of additional benefits. For starters, you get the opportunity to use the most recent Apple products like these, and they’re tax-deductible. Once you’ve decided to lease, your next step will be choosing your leasing partner.

At Lease Loop, we support you at every step – from choosing the Mac to providing an incredibly simple process. We build long-term relationships that last as our clients go from strength to strength. In short, we truly love watching inspiring businesses succeed.

To speak to us about your business and its needs – whether you’re considering a 13-inch MacBook Pro lease or not – get in touch with our friendly team today.