It's official — the new 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 has slain the 13-inch MacBook Pro, bringing an end to the Touch Bar.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro stuck around in Apple's lineup for years after anyone expected it to. The aging design and Touch Bar served as a reminder to Apple's historically bad butterfly MacBook Pro era.
That changes with Apple's Scary Fast event held on October 30. The 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at a lower price with the M3 processor.
Apple chose the most obvious path available. Rumors suggested the 13-inch MacBook Pro would get some kind of redesign and continue to be sold at its entry $1,299 price point. Instead, the company ditched the outdated model entirely and brought its $2,000 14-inch MacBook Pro down to $1,499 with M3.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is truly removed from Apple's lineup too. It isn't hidden away on the website to hold some kind of awkward price point for education, it's just been buried.
Apple has commented before that the MacBook Air is its most popular MacBook, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro was the most popular pro model because of its price. People who didn't know better bought it for the pro name, not knowing its feature set was limited and any other Mac would be a better option.
Customers interested in the 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 can pre-order starting October 30. Initial shipments begin the week of November 6.