❌ Lower-End Models Are Still Lower-End
Almost all of the new goodness on the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro comes only with the more expensive model — the unit that starts at $1,799.
By contrast, the entry-level $1,299 MacBook Pro gains only the improved keyboard, the doubled storage capacity, and the speaker and mic improvements. Everything else remains exactly the same from its last refresh in July. To be clear, this was the model of the MacBook Pro that originally didn’t include a Touch Bar either, and can still be identified by the presence of only two Thunderbolt 3 ports, rather than the four ports that can be found on the higher-end model.
This means that unless you’re willing to jump up to the higher-end model, you’ll be limited to an Intel 8th-gen Intel CPU and a maximum of 16GB of slower RAM and a 2TB SSD, as opposed to the shiny new 10th-gen 2+ GHz chips and fast 3,733MHz LPDDR4X memory that be upgraded to 32GB. You also won’t be able to connect these lower-end models to a 6K display.