End of an era: Apple scraps the 15-inch MacBook Pro

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2019 MacBook Pro
So long, old friend.
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It’s the end of an era. Apple no longer sells a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The former favorite was today discontinued following the introduction of an all-new 16-inch model. The 13-inch model remains in the lineup, but you probably won’t want it now.

Apple has offered 15-inch notebooks since the introduction of the PowerBook G4 way back in 2006. It’s a staple size option that continues to be the go-to for most laptop manufacturers.

But with today’s introduction of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple is changing the game.

So long, 15-inch MacBook Pro

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is gone. It was last refreshed in May, but that option is no longer available to purchase directly from Apple.

You will still be able to purchase the 15-inch MacBook Pro from third-party retailers for some time. And now that it has been replaced, you should soon find some terrific deals on it.

Apple is still offering the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which was also refreshed in May. But you should probably avoid that option if you can. The next-generation machine is better in every way.

Why you shouldn’t buy a 13-inch MacBook Pro

The new model features the sharpest Retina display Apple has ever packed into a portable machine. It also packs significantly faster processors and graphics chips.

Apple has introduced a new thermal system that reduces throttling. It also promises a much-improved six-speaker system for mind-blowing sound, and studio-quality microphones.

One of the most important changes the new MacBook Pro makes is with its Magic Keyboard. Gone are those dreaded butterfly switches that everybody hated, in favor of new scissor switches.

All these things make the 13-inch MacBook Pro look incredibly outdated. And you’ll regret buying one today just as soon as Apple makes the same improvements to the smaller machine next year.

Pick up a 16-inch MacBook Pro today

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is available to order today from the Apple Online Store, starting at $2,399. You’ll find it in Apple retail stores throughout the U.S. later this week.