2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) vs. 2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina: Full specs comparison

The following is a comprehensive comparison of the 2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) and 2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina specifications, including details on CPU, memory, storage, battery life, display quality, and other features.

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) Pros

Reasons that 2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) is better than 2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina.

Much newer manufacturing

2020 vs. 2015

Much faster CPU performance

Intel Core i7-8557U inside 2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) has a 128% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-5557U inside 2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) - Intel Core i7-8557U
3,804
2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) - Intel Core i5-8257U
3,740
2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina - Intel Core i7-5557U
1,663
2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina - Intel Core i5-5287U
1,619
2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina - Intel Core i5-5257U
1,542
Supports faster memory

The 2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) supports a faster memory speed than the 2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina. It supports up to 2133MHz versus 1866MHz of system memory on the 2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina.

Memory type and speed
2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) - LPDDR3
2,133 MHz
2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina - LPDDR3
1,866 MHz
About 11% lighter

The 2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) weighed 3.1 pounds, 11% lighter than the 3.48 pounds 2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina.

Weight2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
Pound
3.1 lbs.
3.48 lbs.
Kilogram
1.41 kg
1.58 kg

2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina Pros

Reasons that 2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina is better than 2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3).

Upgradable storage

The 2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that you can replace and upgrade in the future.

Slots2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
M.2
Onboard
Yes x1
Has five more ports and slots

The 2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina has more ports and slots count than the 2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3). It has eight versus three amount of ports and slots on the 2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3).

Ports2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
full-size SD card slotNoYes
HDMINoYes
headphone jackYesYes
power portNoYes
Thunderbolt 2NoYes x2
Thunderbolt 3Yes x2No
USB-ANoYes x2
Total38
More versatile connectivity

The 2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina has better versatile I/O connectivity than the 2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3). It has five versus two commonly used ports and slots on the 2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3).

Ports2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
headphone jackYesYes
full-size SD card slotNoYes
HDMINoYes
power portNoYes
Thunderbolt 3YesNo
USB-ANoYes

Key Similars

Similar characteristics share between 2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) and 2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina.

Supports the same maximum memory size of up to 16GB

Both laptops supports up to 16GB of system memory.

Max system memory size
2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)
16 GB
2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
16 GB

Prices

Here are the latest price updates and offers for both devices.

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) Price
2020 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.0GHz Intel Core i5 (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Renewed)
2020 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.0GHz Intel Core i5 (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$589.69
$629.99 6% OFF
2020 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) Space Gray (Renewed)
2020 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$669.95
Apple 2020 MacBook Air with M1 Chip 13-inch, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD - Space Gray (Renewed)
Apple 2020 MacBook Air with M1 Chip 13-inch, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD - Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$658.39
$704.60 7% OFF
2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina Price
Apple MacBook Pro Retina MF843LL/A 13” Laptop, 3.1GHz Intel Core i7, 16GB Memory, 512GB SSD, macOS 10.14 Mojave (Renewed)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina MF843LL/A 13” Laptop, 3.1GHz Intel Core i7, 16GB Memory, 512GB SSD, macOS 10.14 Mojave (Renewed)
By Apple
$348.98
$399.99 13% OFF
Apple 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter for MacBook Pro with 13-inch Retina Display
Apple 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter for MacBook Pro with 13-inch Retina Display
By Apple
$72.00
$79.00 9% OFF
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display - Intel Core i5 Dual Core 2.3GHz, (13-inches, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD) - Silver (Renewed)
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display - Intel Core i5 Dual Core 2.3GHz, (13-inches, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD) - Silver (Renewed)
By Apple
$399.00

Availability

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
Released20202015
Release Date
  • Announced on May 4th, 2020
  • Available on May 4th, 2020
  • Announced on March 9th, 2015
  • Available on March 9th, 2015
Pricing
  • $1,299 - Intel Core i5 | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD
  • $1,499 - Intel Core i5 | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD
  • $1,299
    Intel Core i5 5257U | 8GB RAM | 128GB SSD
  • $1,499
    Intel Core i5 5257U | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD
  • $1,799
    Intel Core i5 5287U | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD
Generations

Exterior

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
Size Comparison
2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
Dimensions
  • Width: 11.97 inches (30.41 cm)
  • Depth: 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)
  • Height: 0.61 inch (1.56 cm)
12.35” x 8.62” x 0.71” (314 mm x 219 mm x 18 mm)
WeightStarting at 3.1 pounds (1.4 kg)Starting at 3.48 lb (1.58 kg)
Colors
Space Gray Silver
Silver
Keyboard and TrackpadBacklit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 65 (U.S.) or 66 (ISO) keys including 4 arrow keys in an inverted‑T arrangement
  • Touch Bar
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure‑sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure‑sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures
  • Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement) with ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures

Display

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
Size13.3 Inches13.3 Inches
InfoRetina display
  • 13.3‑inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
  • 2560‑by‑1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1440 by 900
    • 1024 by 640
  • 500 nits brightness
  • Wide color (P3)
  • True Tone technology
Retina display
  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1440 by 900
    • 1024 by 640
  • 300 nits brightness
  • Standard color gamut (sRGB)
  • 900:1 contrast ratio

Ports

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) Ports
Image Source: Apple
Left (2)
2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) Ports - Left
Image Source: Apple
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3
    40 Gpbs, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Charging, Displayport
Right (1)
2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) Ports - Right
Image Source: Apple
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina Ports
Image Source: Apple
Left (5)
  • 1 x power port
    MagSafe 2
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2
    DisplayPort, 20Gbps
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Right (3)
  • 1 x full-size SD card slot
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)

Internal Specs

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
Processor
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8257U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.40 → 3.90 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8557U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.70 → 4.50 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  1. 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-5257U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.70 → 3.10 GHz, 3MB Cache, 28W
  2. 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-5287U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.90 → 3.30 GHz, 3MB Cache, 28W
  3. 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-5557U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 3.10 → 3.40 GHz, 4MB Cache, 28W
Integrated Graphics
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8257U
    Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 645
    48 Execution Units with 128 MB eDRAM, 300 → 1050 MHz
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8557U
    Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 645
    48 Execution Units with 128 MB eDRAM, 300 → 1150 MHz
  1. 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-5257U
    Intel® Iris® Graphics 6100
    48 Execution Units, 300 → 1050 MHz
  2. 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-5287U
    Intel® Iris® Graphics 6100
    48 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  3. 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-5557U
    Intel® Iris® Graphics 6100
    48 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
Memory
8GB
configurable to 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
8GB
configurable to 16GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
Storage
256GB 512GB
configurable to 1TB or 2TB SSD
256GB 512GB
configurable to 1TB SSD

Connectivity

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 wireless technologyBluetooth 4.2 wireless technology

Battery

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
Size58.2 Wh lithium‑polymer battery74.9 Wh lithium‑polymer battery
Battery Life
  • Up to 10 hours wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours Apple TV app movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
  • Up to 10 hours wireless web
  • Up to 12 hours of iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
Power Supply61W USB‑C Power Adapter60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter
With cable management system; MagSafe 2 power port.

Software

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
OSShipped with macOS CatalinaShipped with OS X Yosemite
Built-in Apps
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview iTunes iBooks App Store Time Machine

Camera & Audio

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
Camera720p FaceTime HD camera720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
  • Wide stereo sound
  • Support for Dolby Atmos playback
  • Three-mic array with directional beamforming
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
    • Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone
    • Support for audio line out (digital/analog)

Misc

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
Sensors
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
Security
  • Touch ID sensor
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In the box
  • 13‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 61W USB‑C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)
  • 13‑inch MacBook Pro
  • MagSafe 2 Power Adapter
  • Power cord
  • AC wall plug
WarrantyYour MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one‑year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.Your MacBook Pro with Retina display comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple‑authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple Support or call 800-823-2775.
More-
Video Support
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 3840 by 2160 pixels on up to two external displays, both at millions of colors.
  • Thunderbolt digital video output
    • Native Mini DisplayPort output
    • DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and HDMI output supported using Mini DisplayPort adapters (sold separately)
  • HDMI video output
    • Support for 1080p resolution at up to 60Hz
    • Support for 3840-by-2160 resolution at 30Hz
    • Support for 4096-by-2160 resolution at 24Hz

Key Features

2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3)2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina
At Glance
Released in
2020
16:10 WQXGA
13.3”
1600p 60Hz
Weight
3.1 lb
1.41 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-8557U
4C/8T, 1.70 → 4.50 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,018
Single Core
Geekbench 5
3,804
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 645
48 Execution Units with 128 MB eDRAM, 300 → 1150 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
2133 MHz LPDDR3
2020 MacBook Pro 13 (2TB3) Ports
Released in Early
2015
16:10 WQXGA
13.3”
1600p 60Hz
Weight
3.48 lb
1.58 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-5557U
2C/4T, 3.10 → 3.40 GHz
Geekbench 5
795
Single Core
Geekbench 5
1,663
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Graphics 6100
48 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3
2015 MacBook Pro 13 Retina Ports

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