Nobody should buy the new 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar


Apple’s MacBook Pro event last Thursday was going well — as well as making a Touch Bar sound exciting could go — until Phil Schiller, the company’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, announced a low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro with a regular row of function keys for its “other customers” (his words) who would normally choose a MacBook Air.

It was a confusing product announcement made worse when he announced its $1,499 price tag. The laptop makes no sense in Apple’s lineup except to fill a price point gap between the $999 13-inch MacBook Air and the $1,799 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Read more…

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