“The first of the long-awaited updates to Apple’s pro-level laptops is on our teardown table, but what the heck is it? MacBook Pro Without Touch Bar? MacBook Pro With Function Keys? MacBook Pro With Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports?” iFixit writes. “No one quite knows what to call it—but we know exactly what to do with it.”

“While we are dying to send emojis with a tap of the Touch Bar, this ‘Book is missing the headlining feature of the 2016 MacBook Pro series—it sports physical function keys instead,” iFixit writes. “However, we do spy an XL (extra-long) escape key that sets this row of function keys apart.”

“At 54.5 Wh, this battery doles out ~27% less power between charges than last year’s edition—although with just three cells instead of six, it might be a tad easier to remove. That said, this Pro actually packs more oomph than its Touch Bar-equipped sibling, whose battery clocks in at 49.2 Wh,” iFixit writes. “Plus, Apple claims this battery’s good for 10 hours of wireless web browsing, equivalent to both last year’s 13″ MacBook Pro and the 41.4 Wh Retina MacBook 2016.”

Tons more info and gruesome photos in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Remember: “The RAM is soldered to the logic board. Pay for the upgrade now, or be stuck with 8 GB forever. There is no chance of upgrade.”

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