The base 13" MBP (Air successor) uses MBA components

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  1. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    While everything suggested a 13" MacBook, Apple introduced a 13" MacBook Pro as the successor to the 13" MacBook Air. However, it has everything that was expected for a 13" MacBook: A 15W processor and 2 USB-C ports.
    Along with the 15W processor and 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, it uses the same RAM found in the MacBook Air. So it baffles me why Apple would market this as a MacBook Pro, as that could be confusing for consumers.
     
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  3. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    Probably because it's all relative. What are the alternatives? The MacBook Air is being discontinued, which leaves the only MacBook below the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro the MacBook with Retina Display. And since that uses a Core M processor, the non-Touch Bar MBP can be considered "pro" next to Apple's other offerings.
     
  4. profets macrumors 68040

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    And for $500 USD more. Good point though. Internally it does sound more like a MacBook Air, but it's designed as a MacBook Pro.

    Honestly they should have made something like a 14" MacBook (larger version of the 12") with these specs. Would have been a more suitable replacement.
     
  5. Appleaker thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I understand where your coming from, although they are still selling the 13" Air.
    The 7th gen Core M processors are labelled under the i5 and i7 names so would fit with 15W processor naming if they made a 13" MacBook.
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    Yeah, i think they would go with 13" though, but the problem with going with that size is the battery life with using a 15W processor because they would go for the tapered design. The design would also be inconsistent because of the speakers.
     

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