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Apple's non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro gets lower starting price

Aside from a new seventh-generation Intel processor, the 13-inch laptop doesn't change from last year's model.

Joshua Goldman Managing Editor / Advice
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Of all the updates to Apple's laptop lineup made at WWDC 2017, the 13-inch MacBook Pro was perhaps the most interesting.

The entry-level MacBook Pro -- the one without the special Touch Bar strip that replaces the function keys -- was updated with a newer seventh-generation Intel Core i5 processor (Kaby Lake) and related integrated graphics. But Apple also lowered the starting price $200 to $1,299 by reducing the SSD storage from 256GB to 128GB. (See chart below for UK and Australian prices.)

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That in and of itself isn't particularly fascinating. However, that new starting price makes it the same as the more streamlined, but less powerful 12-inch MacBook. Basically, for the same amount of money, you can now choose mobility over performance or vice versa whereas before you had to spend a minimum of $1,500 to get the extra performance. 

Here's how all the 2017 MacBooks compare:

2017 Apple MacBooks

12-inch MacBook13-inch MacBook Pro13-inch MacBook Pro (w/TouchBar)15-inch MacBook Pro (w/TouchBar)
Starting price (USD) $1,299$1,299$1,799$2,399
Starting price (GBP) £1,249£1,249£1,749£2,349
Starting price (AUD) AU$1,899AU$1,899AU$2,699AU$3,499
Materials AluminumAluminumAluminumAluminum
Display 12-inch 2304x1440-pixel13.3-inch 2,560x1,600-pixel13.3-inch 2,560x1,600-pixel15.4-inch 2,880x1,800-pixel
Pixel density 226 PPI227 PPI227 PPI220 PPI
Dimensions (imperial) 11.04 x 7.74 inches11.97 x 8.36 inches11.97 x 8.36 inches13.75 x 9.48 inches
Dimensions (metric) 28 x 20 mm304 x 212 mm304 x 212 mm349 x 241 mm
Thickness 0.14–0.52 in (3.56-13.2mm)0.59 in (14.9mm)0.59 in (14.9mm)0.61 in (15.5mm)
Weight 2.03 lbs (0.92kg)3.02 lb (1.37kg)3.02 lb (1.37kg)4.02 lb (1.83kg)
Operating system Mac OS SierraMac OS SierraMac OS SierraMac OS Sierra
Processors 1.2GHz 2-core Intel m32.3GHz 2-core Intel i53.1GHz 2-core Intel i52.8GHz 4-core Intel i7
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 615Intel Iris Plus 640Intel Iris Plus 650AMD Radeon Pro 555 (2GB)
Up-spec 1.4GHz 2-core Intel i7 2.5GHz 2-core Intel i73.5GHz 2-core Intel i73.1GHz 4-core Intel i7, Radeon 560 (4GB)
Storage 256GB / 512GB 128GB/256GB / 512GB / 1TB256GB / 512GB / 1TB256GB / 512GB / 1TB / 2TB
RAM 8GB / 16GB8GB / 16GB8GB / 16GB16GB
Battery (Apple estimate) 10 hours10 hours10 hours10 hours
Networking 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Ports 1x USB-C, can charge; 1x 3.5mm headset2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), any can charge; 1x 3.5mm headset4x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), any can charge; 1x 3.5mm headset4x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), any can charge; 1x 3.5mm headset
Cameras 480p FaceTime HD720p FaceTime HD720p FaceTime HD720p FaceTime HD
Touch Bar/Touch ID NoNoYesYes
Trackpad Force TouchForce TouchForce TouchForce Touch
Colors Rose Gold, Space Gray, Gold, SilverSpace Gray, SilverSpace Gray, SilverSpace Gray, Silver