Apple finally discontinues the 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro

Apple’s Scary Fast event was an unexpected but welcome gift to Mac fans this season. And in true Halloween slasher movie fashion, Apple has officially ended the life of one of its most controversial laptops: the 13-inch MacBook Pro. For years, this model was an absolute star with its pro-level specs and impressive build quality. However, as Apple updated and released new laptops, the 13-inch MacBook Pro began to look less attractive, especially as Apple’s own chips made their way into Macs. At this point, Apple’s move to discontinue the 13-inch MacBook Pro comes as no surprise.

The laptop faced a tough phase in 2016 with the introduction of the Touch Bar, which came as a part of a major redesign. The new look includes a thinner chassis, changes to the keyboard, a larger trackpad, Touch ID and the removal of all ports except the Thunderbolt port and headphone jack. As you may recall, the Touch Bar was a complete hit or miss with the public. Some people liked the innovation and “magical” Touch Bar, while others found it clunky and not very useful. Apple eventually removed the Touch Bar by introducing the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, but kept it on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks under a graphic of the new MacBook Pro during an Apple media event in Cupertino, California, US, on October 27, 2016.  Reuters/Beck Dieffenbach TPX Images of the Day
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In 2023, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is a good laptop but it’s no longer worth the investment. The base model comes with Apple’s M2 chip, which has a nice little boost. It has an 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU and comes standard with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, both of which can be expanded at additional cost. For day-to-day tasks and light tasks, it still performs well enough, but good enough that it’s no longer a drawback for a “pro” laptop. Especially when the new MacBook Air offers so much more and the 14-inch MacBook Pro has a better screen and more ports that pro users really need. Nevertheless, Apple has claimed for years that the 13-inch MacBook Pro remains one of its best-selling models. This has more to do with its low price point.

Apple presumably positioned the model as a budget-friendly Pro option, with prices starting at $1,299, while the cheapest 14-inch model was $1,999. But with the debut of the M3 14-inch MacBook Pro tonight for $1,599, the 13-inch no longer makes sense — which would explain Apple’s decision to move away from this MacBook.

Keep track of all the news from Apple’s “Scary Fast” October event right here,

This article was originally published on Engadget

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