13-inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar is DEAD! Apple kills it off following M3 launch

After introducing two new M3-powered MacBook Pros, Apple has quietly killed off the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar. Know all about it.

| Updated on: Oct 31 2023, 10:07 IST
iPhone 15 done and dusted, check what is likely coming in iPhone 16
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1/11 Exciting rumors surround the iPhone 16 already - solid-state buttons, larger displays, under-display Face ID, Wi-Fi 7, and the potential for a port-less iPhone 16 Ultra model.   (Apple)
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2/11 1. Dynamic Island Standard: Building on the iPhone 14 Pro models, Dynamic Island is now a standard feature across all iPhone 15 models, enhancing user interactions and multitasking capabilities.  (Apple)
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3/11 2. USB Type-C Port: Apple has bid farewell to its proprietary lightning connector, opting for a USB Type-C port in the iPhone 15 series, aligning with industry standards for charging and connectivity.  (Apple)
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4/11 3. Action Button and Titanium Frame: Notable design changes include the introduction of the action button and a titanium frame, enhancing both aesthetics and durability. (Apple)
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5/11 4. Periscope Camera: The iPhone 15 series introduces a periscope camera, likely improving zoom capabilities and overall photography experiences. (Apple)
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6/11 Now, let's delve into the rumored upgrades expected in the iPhone 16: 1. Solid-State Buttons: While the iPhone 15 series retained physical volume buttons, it's rumored that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max models will introduce haptic solid-state buttons, replacing the physical volume buttons for a sleeker design. (Apple)
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7/11  2. Bigger Displays: Apple analyst Ross Young has claimed that even bigger iPhones will come next year. Apple may continue its trend of larger displays, with the iPhone 16 Pro featuring a 6.3-inch screen and the iPhone 16 Pro Max boasting a massive 6.9-inch display.  (Apple)
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8/11 3. Under-Display Face ID: Apple is considering incorporating under-display Face ID technology, eliminating the need for a notch or visible sensors for a cleaner, full-screen design, possibly arriving in 2024. Notably, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple may introduce a full-screen iPhone in 2024.   (Apple)
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9/11 4. Wi-Fi 7: The iPhone 16 Pro models might feature Wi-Fi 7 technology, offering faster data transmission across 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz bands, with speeds of up to 40 Gbps, promising improved connectivity performance.  (Apple)
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10/11 5. Port-Less iPhone 16 Ultra: There's speculation that the iPhone 16 Ultra may eliminate the USB Type-C port entirely, further simplifying the design. Additionally, this model might feature a faster processor and enhanced camera capabilities.  (Apple)
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11/11 6. Potential New iPhone Lineup: Some reports suggest that the iPhone 16 Ultra could be a completely new addition to the lineup, distinct from the existing four models, offering unique features and capabilities. (Apple)
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Apple has phased out the Touch Bar by discontinuing the 13-inch MacBook Pro. (Apple)

Apple Scary Fast Event: The third Apple event of the year took place today, October 31, and we finally got a look at the new Apple Silicon chip, the M3. Alongside this new chip, the Cupertino-based tech giant also unveiled its latest iMac, which hadn't been updated in nearly 3 years. Two new MacBooks also came out in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes. All of these devices are powered by the M3 chip under the hood. While new Macs were proudly introduced during the event, Apple also quietly killed off one of its older MacBooks with the unique Touch Bar technology.

Apple kills off 13-inch MacBook Pro

Following the Scary Fast event, the new MacBook Pros were immediately available for pre-order on the Apple website. However, eagle-eyed Apple fans also spotted something missing - the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Launched in 2020, the 13-inch MacBook Pro featured the Apple M2 chip with up to 10 GPU cores. It also featured the revised Touch Bar which originally came out in 2016 and promised a dynamic experience along with ease of use.

However, that did not happen as Apple phased out the Touch Bar with its 2021 lineup of MacBook Pros, although the 13-inch variant was still on sale. But now, the tech giant has driven the final nail in the coffin of its Touch Bar feature that did not even get any additional features since its launch. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is officially dead, with the new M3-powered MacBook Pros forming Apple's latest lineup of Macs.

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New MacBook Pros

The new MacBook Pros come in two sizes - 14-inch and 16-inch, both running on the M3 chip. Apple says the 14-inch MacBook Pro that runs on the M3 chip is 60 percent faster than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1. Similarly, the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M3 Pro is 40 percent faster than its predecessor.

All MacBook Pro models support up to 128GB of unified memory, a Liquid Retina XDR display, a built-in 1080p camera, an immersive six-speaker sound system, and a wide array of connectivity options. The company also claims it to have a 22-hour battery life. It also comes in a new Space Black colorway.

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First Published Date: 31 Oct, 09:54 IST