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MacBook Pro without Touch Bar = updated MacBook Air

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I was reading Macworld’s review of the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar the other day, and a very nice, one-sentence review of this version of the MacBook Pro, in their words, would be,

This entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2GHz Core i5 and function keys is a great replacement for my 13-inch MacBook Air.

That is what my first thought about this version of Apple’s pro line of notebooks was too. With its middle of the road specs, just two USB-C ports and the lack of the next-big-thing Touch Bar, this MacBook Pro, while the perfect replacement of the 13-inch MacBook Air, isn’t that big a ‘pro’. And the ‘pro’ name doesn’t do it justice either. When they say MacBook Pro, you set your expectations a certain way and with this device, there is a high chance that you’ll come out wanting more. As I was saying the other day, Apple should have just called this version the 13-inch MacBook. That way, the expectations would be ‘portability’ and not ‘power’ and it would create a very distinct differentiation between the ‘consumer’ and ‘pro’ MacBook lineups. Well, for what it’s worth, this is Macworld’s conclusion about this awkward-middle-child MacBook Pro.

For someone in my shoes, this 13-inch MacBook Pro is preferable to the 12-inch MacBook in Apple’s current lineup, and a solid replacement for my aging 13-inch MacBook Air. Its speed gains over the early 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro are marginal, but the graphics performance is much improved. If this machine isn’t Pro enough to do your best work, the Touch Bar models (especially the 15-inch version) have better specs—or you could try to hold out even longer for next year’s models, which will hopefully have Kaby Lake processors and perhaps 32GB of RAM.

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