Apple announces new lower-end 13-inch MacBook Pro shipping today, thinner, lighter, faster, no Touch Bar

As part of its event, Apple has announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro as a premium successor to the MacBook Air. It’s twelve percent thinner with 12% less volume. Unlike the more expensive models, it lacks a Touch Bar display above the keyboard. It still features the standard function key row. Just to be confusing, the lower-end MacBook Pro shares its name with the ‘new’ Touch Bar MacBook Pro.

The cheaper MacBook Pro starts at $1499. To get a Touch Bar, you need to upgrade to at least the $1799 mark. Apple is killing off the 11-inch Air, keeping the 13-inch Air as the only ‘budget’ model.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro has a 6th generation dual-core processor, new Iris Graphics, Thunderbolt 3 and a Force Touch trackpad.

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