Apple Inc. ’s latest MacBook Pro models are already available for pre-order on the company’s website. The standout feature of the gadget is the function key that replaced the touch bar. Also, the PC has a dedicated Siri key and larger trackpads all round, and a new Radeon Pro 400 Series GPU in 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Amid all this, the burial of two of Apple’s stalwart laptops went unnoticed. The retail life of the 11-inch MacBook Air and the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro came to an end, says a report from Forbes by Ewan Spence.
A sensible move from Apple
Apple’s smaller MacBook Air may not have been the greatest loss, but “the loss of the beloved MacBook Pro was necessary,” said Spence. It was a good PC for anyone who wanted a lot of value for the money.
“With the expected update of last year’s twelve-inch MacBook to thirteen inches turning out to be a lower spec MacBook Pro,” it makes sense that the company removed MacBook Air from the portfolio, says Spence.
Now, the cheapest portable MacBook available is the 13-inch MacBook Air at $999. It will undoubtedly remain attractive in the education market and is the best buy for people looking for a cheap Mac.
MacBook Pro – why it will be missed?
The Production line has certainly been rationalized with the removal of the non-retina 13-inch MacBook Pro. The PC remained on sale for more than four years, but people who always want the latest shiny laptop would have definitely been upset with its popularity.
For all others, this MacBook Pro was the one they wanted as the value of money if offered was comparatively great, repairing it was easier and it was best suited to the needs of most users, says Spence. Also, it was Apple Inc. ’s last laptop to ship with a DVD drive, and use a standard hard disks. It also had its DRAM memory available for upgrades and had an SD card reader for easy data transfers.
It also had a magnetically attached charger that made sure that the laptop never crashed to the floor in case someone mistakenly tripped on the cable as it got pulled out. It was possible for the buyers to convert it into a MacBook Pro that had 16GB of RAM and 2 terabytes of storage for less than $1,500. Apple Inc. website offers MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM and one terabyte SSD currently at $2299.
With the newly released one, the buyers will surely get a retina screen, the magical touch bar, the latest I/O ports and the new butterfly keyboards, but they will be giving up the flexibility, reparability and value for money, says Spence.