Apple on Wednesday unveiled the much-awaited 16-inch MacBook Pro. But with the introduction of the new model, the Cupertino giant has discontinued the current 15-inch MacBook Pro model.
Apple did not mention the departure of earlier MacBook Pro models, announcing the 16-inch MacBook Pro via a press statement. However, listings on the Apple website (both US and India) confirm that the company’s notebook portfolio is now limited to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Last refresh back in May this year, the 15-inch MacBook Pro by Apple was one of the company’s most popular laptops to date.
However, the company has finally decided to say goodbye to the 15-inch model and fill its absence with the newly launched 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple is trying to overcome its previous MacBook Pro model issues with the latest entry. Primarily, the butterfly keyboard mechanism that the company introduced back in April 2015 affects user performance on recent MacBook Pro versions. The company improved the mechanism in recent models, however.
Through the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has brought back the scissor-switch keyboard that it calls the “Magic Keyboard”.
In June, Apple announced the voluntary recall of an older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro unit due to a battery fault that could cause overheating.
With the discontinuation of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple’s MacBook family in India includes the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the MacBook Air.
US site listings reflect the same story. Earlier this year the company also dropped the 12-inch MacBook, which was known for its ultra-compact design.
The freshly arrived 16-inch MacBook Pro is designed to deliver 80 percent faster performance than previous high-end MacBook models. Similarly, Apple announced that the new MacBook Pro model will run 2.1 times faster graphics performance than the earlier standard configuration.
Apple has not revealed the launch date of the 16-inch MacBook Pro in India. Nevertheless, the new offering will start in the US market this week at $ 2,399 (about Rs. 1,72,600). Its India price will start from Rs. 1,99,900.