A feature that Apple had acquired from the newer MacBook Pro is Touch Bar and Touch ID. Nearly three years on, the Touch Bar utility is still highly suspected. It's actually pretty handy when apps support it well, like Safari, Photos, App Bear Notes and a few others do. But even when it's best, it offers just another way to get things done. Whether it's really faster or more intuitive, it's still up for debate. I've got used to having it and sometimes miss it when it's gone and it's not like I used the function keys on my older laptops for much more than adjusting the screen brightness and volume. But it was nice that you could buy a MacBook Pro without it. Now, if you want a modern Mac laptop sans Touch Bar, it's Air or Bust. Nothing I said above concerns Touch ID, but: It's a great feature, full stop.
Performance and Battery Life
The other major feature that has come down from the more expensive MacBook Pro models is quad-core processors. The MacBook Pro I tested has a quad-core, eighth generation Intel Core i5 1
While the MacBook Pro listing is processor is clocked much slower than the more expensive options (1.4GHz vs. 2.4GHz), that difference didn't slow me down in practice. Given that Apple is targeting students and more general-purpose users, it is not a big surprise to go with a less powerful alternative. Most of what I do is not very intense, but we all know that modern browsing with a dozen or more tabs can still hurt an otherwise powerful computer. Benefits that make them edit photos and videos or encode large projects will probably spend their money on a faster MacBook Pro. But enthusiasts who like to push their computers a little, will find that they have more space for it with this new Pro compared to Air.