With the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro being refreshed with a Touch Bar and other new features today, Apple no longer sells a MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar in its current lineup. In other words, it is no longer possible to buy a new MacBook Pro with a physical escape key directly from Apple.

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The Touch Bar has been a controversial feature since its debut on the 15-inch MacBook Pro in October 2016, with some critics describing it as a gimmick. The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro was until now a way around the Touch Bar, with its physical escape key earning it the nickname of "MacBook Escape."

A physical escape key remains available on MacBook Air models.

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Top Rated Comments

HappyDude20 Avatar
37 months ago
Mark my words, I will never buy a Mac with a Touch Bar.

Glad I got the 2017 non-Touchbar model.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bladerunner2000 Avatar
37 months ago
Get RID of the touch bar Sell and sell a MacBook with a decent keyboard.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JetTester Avatar
37 months ago
If only they sold one with a decent keyboard. Hopefully next year...
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
caliguy Avatar
37 months ago
While I think the Touch Bar is a mostly useless gimmick, I love a cleaner product line.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mpick92 Avatar
37 months ago
I like how the MacBook Air has Touch ID with function keys. Should go ahead and make that the standard.

I much prefer physical keys for quickly changing volume/brightness on my Mac laptops.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ikir Avatar
37 months ago
Mark my words, I will never buy a Mac with a Touch Bar.

Glad I got the 2017 non-Touchbar model.
I hope Touch Bar is here to stay, is very very handy to create shortcut, F keys are quite useless.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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