Apple discontinues 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro as 14-inch M3 model becomes base variant: See the price difference

Apple on Tuesday introduced its new line of MacBook Pro models, powered by the company’s latest M3 chip. At its ‘Scary Fast’ showcase event on the eve of Halloween, the Cupertino, California-based company took the wraps off 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops running on the new 3nm chipset. The new Apple laptops are already available for pre-order in 27 countries, including India, and will go on sale from November 7. Meanwhile, Apple has already discontinued its lineup of M2-powered MacBook Pro models.

While M3-powered Mac models are now available for pre-order, the new laptops’ M2 cousins ​​are no longer listed on Apple’s website. This, of course, is not surprising as Apple usually discontinues select older generation products after launching their refreshed versions. For example, the iPhone 14 Pro models were put on hold after the company introduced the iPhone 15 series at its ‘Wanderlust’ showcase in September. Similarly, the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra were removed from Apple’s site when the Series 9 and Ultra 2 models were unveiled at the same event.

However, this time the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops have replaced the previous three models. The M2-powered 14-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro, launched earlier this year in January, have been discontinued as expected. Additionally, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 model has also been removed from its website. First Tipster Ishan Agarwal spotted Development and more about it posted on Tuesday on X.

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An earlier Apple Store page with the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro models
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This also means that the entry point pricing for the MacBook Pro in India has increased significantly. The price of the now discontinued 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro starts at Rs. Rs 1,29,900 for the 256GB SSD storage variant. On the other hand, the 512GB storage variant came at Rs. 1,49,900. Now, with no 13-inch MacBook Pro models available, the lineup starts with a base variant of the new 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro, which has an 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage . At Rs 1,69,900 Apple Store, This represents a difference of Rs. The starting prices of the previous and current entry-level MacBook Pro models in India are between Rs 40,000.

Both the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models come in M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max powered variants. The 14-inch variant with the M3 Pro chip starts at Rs. 1,99,900, while the M3 Max variant of the laptop comes at Rs. 3,19,900.

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The current Apple Store page with the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models
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While the price of the entry-level MacBook Pro has increased, the new 14-inch Apple laptop represents quite an upgrade over its M2-powered 13-inch predecessor. Built on 3‑nanometer technology and featuring new GPU architecture, the M3 lineup brings processing and graphical improvements over the previous generation.

The company’s M3 family of processors are equipped with up to 16 CPU cores, 40 GPU cores, and 16 Neural Engine cores. All the new Apple laptops come with Liquid Retina XDR (3,024×1,964 pixels) displays with a 120Hz refresh rate. Apple claims that the base 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M3 chip can deliver up to 22 hours of battery life on a single charge.

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