When Apple launched their 2016 MacBook Pros, only the lowest-end configuration of the laptops, which was a 13-inch model, came without the Touch Bar. This seemed to suggest that the Touch Bar would be more or less a staple for MacBook Pros in the future, but that may no longer be the case.
In a report from OS News (via AppleInsider), they have heard that the next update to the MacBook Pros could see the higher-end 15-inch laptop launched without the Touch Bar. This doesn’t mean that Apple will be killing the Touch Bar, but rather Apple will be giving 15-inch MacBook Pro customers the option of whether or not they want the feature.
Apparently this is due to poor professional response to the laptops, and based on that feedback Apple reportedly plans to give their customers that option. Presumably the model without the Touch Bar will be cheaper, so for those who aren’t willing to shell out so much money could potentially save themselves a couple of hundred. This is also in line with the rumors that 2017’s MacBook Pro refresh could see prices reduced.
As it stands the cheapest 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar is priced at $1,500, with the version with the Touch Bar priced at $1,800, although there are differences in specs that would also justify the difference in price. Take it with a grain of salt for now, but how do you guys feel about a 15-inch MacBook Pro model that won’t come with a Touch Bar? Yay or nay?