Today has been a pretty rough day for many Apple users out there. So I'll try to be as objective as possible. After hours of reading thread posts and comments here and on other sites, it's obvious that the community is a bit shaken by the decisions made by Apple regarding the new MacBook Pros. Some people are calling it quits for Apple, others are considering it, and there are those that are simply satisfied with the new products. The new MacBook Pros do have a higher price point than earlier generations. But this was coming eventually to the MacBooks. Think about it, and look at the iPad line-up lately. Apple used to come up with newer generations/hardware updates at the same price points of earlier ones and replace them, thus making older ones cheaper. But in the last few years, Apple has been adding newer generations (i.e. 9.7" iPad Pro) with a premium over a device that's been in the market for over a year (i.e. iPad Air 2), instead of simply replacing it. Now, this new way of doing things has hit the MacBook line, and it hit hard. But to try and simplify this mess, let's have a general look at the specs and pricing options. We can see that it all comes down to the $300 premium that accompanies the famous/infamous touch bar. Please note: I've modified some specs to get the closest resemblance between models to compare prices. I'm no computer genie, so excuse the basic knowledge of some spec comparisons. 13" MacBook Pro (2015) vs. 13" MacBook Pro (2016): As we can see here, the new model (w/o touch bar) replaces the old one at the same price point. It features the new butterfly keyboard, bigger trackpad, new color option, slightly better graphics, less CPU power, and exchanges existing ports in favor of TB3 ports (among many improvements under the hoods). In brief, apart from the lowered CPU power, everything about the new version is future driven and updated. At the same price point. Whereas the 13" MacBook with touch bar is $300 extra. But let's analyze this as if we're upgrading the 2015 model on the check out page. CPU: 2.7GHz dual-core i5 -> to 2.9GHz quad-core i5. Wouldn't that be a $100 upgrade? Graphics: Intel Iris 6100 -> to Intel Iris 550. Wouldn't that be a $100 upgrade? RAM: 8GB 1866GHz -> 8GB 2133MHz. It's an upgrade, but let's say it's not worth $100. Touch Bar and Touch ID addition: Wouldn't that be a $100 upgrade? Plus factor the new design and architecture of the whole device. Looking at it this way, I guess $300 doesn't seem that much any more. 15" MacBook Pro (2015) vs. 15" MacBook Pro (2016): As for the 15" model, it's a different story because Apple didn't give the users the option to opt-out of the touch bar premium. So I've added only two configurations. Let's do the same analysis, as if we're upgrading the 2015 model on the check out page. CPU: 2.5GHz quad-core i7 -> 2.6GHz quad-core i7. Wouldn't that be a $100 upgrade? Graphics: Intel Iris Pro -> Radeon Pro 450 w/ 2GB. Wouldn't that be at least a $100 upgrade? RAM: 16GB 1600MHz -> 16GB 2133MHz. It's an upgrade, but let's say it's not worth $100. Touch Bar and Touch ID addition: Wouldn't that be a $100 upgrade? Plus factor the new design and architecture of the whole device. Looking at it this way, I guess $300 doesn't seem that much any more. Bottom Line/Personal Opinion: Yes, Apple used to introduce newer models at old models' prices, and now it's adding a premium to newer models while keeping old ones intact. But like I said, look at the iPad line and you'll see what I mean. And I haven't seen that many threads over the iPad Pro with the same hatred and trash talk the MacBook Pro has received in the last 12 hours. (Honestly, regarding most subjects, the negative talk and nagging on these forums lately has become blatant and repetitive). One more thing I believe Apple should have done was introduce a 15" MacBook Pro model without the touch bar, making it lose the $300 premium like the base model 13" MacBook Pro (2016). I guess they know it would've cannibalized the 15" w/ touch bar sales. So they're simply pushing people towards newer tech. I might add that the 2015 MacBook Pro models are not bad computers at all for those looking to save some money. Finally, I believe it's an exaggeration that people are looking at the the new MacBooks as the end of Apple. Negative comments were made about the first iPod, the first iPhone, the first iPad, the lightning ports replacing 30-pin ports, or any other drastic change in technology. I guess we as humans, are afraid of change. Apple isn't meeting the needs of the ultra-high-end-pro market? Apple doesn't update all its countless products twice a year? Apple doesn't add this or that feature? Then go look for another company that does. Stop agonizing over every single update or refresh. That specific high-end market represents less than 10% of the general market. Apple is evolving, its customers are evolving, and the world is evolving around us.