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  • Jody K. Deane
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13" and 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar Cases

It's not everyday that Apple redesigns their laptop line. It's even more rare that Apple introduces both new 13" and 15" laptops at the same time. Well this is exactly what we got at the last Apple Event. A brand spanking new 13" MacBook Pro and an equally brand spanking new 15" MacBook Pro, both with the new Touch Bar feature. 

The Touch Bar adds an actual screen where the function keys used to be. This feature is the biggest advancement for Apple portables and keeps Apple out front in the competitive world of portable computing. 

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

13" and 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pros - How Did We Get Here?

The launch of the new 13" and 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar laptops coincided with the 25th anniversary of the launch of the first Apple laptop ever. During the launch event, Apple showed the history of their portable computers with images and video of each milestone model over the last 25 years. It was amazing to see how early on in this timeline MacCase was involved.

We created the Apple specific case market with our design for the original clamshell iBook. Our company was born out of a need to protect Apple portables. We wanted to offer not only custom fitted protection, but Apple specific cases that were as beautiful, well designed and functional as the computers they were designed to carry. 

It was the vision of MacCase founder, Michael Santoro, that Apple users would want design as a specific quality in their bags, cases and sleeves just as they did in their computers and operating system. This vision turned out to be true and MacCase has been at the forefront of Apple specific case design for almost 20 years. 

Which bring us right up to the present and the 13" and 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar cases, bags, sleeves and backpacks that will protect these exciting new models. 

Holding Our Breathe When the New Models Roll Out

Despite being one of the oldest Apple third party manufacturers, we are not privy to any information about new models like Adobe might be. While this is understandable, it makes any product update or introduction very stressful for us. The introduction of the new 13" and 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar laptops was such a time. 

The Touch Bar MacBook Pro models are slightly smaller overall than the models they will replace. Both the 13" and 15" are much thinner. Both models will fit in our current stable of 13" and 15" MacBook Pro cases. In essence, these models will become the new 13" and 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bag cases

What do the new smaller laptop form factors mean to customers looking for dedicated 13" or 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bag cases, bags, sleeves or backpacks? Let's take a look. 

MacBook Pro Touch Bar Cases

For a long time, we have been going back and forth between case designs that were too tight (hard to get the computer in and out but a secure fit) or too loose (easy to get the computer in and out but sometimes the fit is not to every customers liking). 

For the most part, over these last 20 or so years, we've gotten it just right. Otherwise, I would not be here writing this! Our customers are too demanding. The smaller form factors mean the fit will once again move back towards the easy in, easy out end of the spectrum. This is a positive thing as the majority of our customers over the years have preferred this fit to the tighter alternative. 

One of the benefits is that the 13" or 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar cases will sit lower inside each respective case or sleeve. This allows a better seal of the open end of the case, providing better protection. We had a few generations of 15" MacBook Pro models that came right up to the top of the 15" Flight Jacket. Having the computer sit down inside the bag a bit is much safer. This will be the case with the 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar cases. 

MacBook Pro Touch Bat cases from MacCase

The Future of 13" and 15" Touch Bar  MacBook Pro Cases

So now that we have the laptops of the future in the form of these new Apple portables with their sleek exteriors and their thin, elegant Touch Bar screens, what might the cases look like?

MacCase is like any other product based business: The product line is always in flux. Yes, we have some models that seems to have been around forever, like our Flight Jackets, but just under the surface things are shifting, changing and constantly being redesigned. 

One of the great things about working at a company like MacCase is how passionate our customers are about our products. This passion takes many forms. One of which is the laundry list of suggestions customers send us to improve current models.

These suggestions are being implemented as I write this in our forthcoming, updated Premium Leather Messenger Bag. The somewhat awkward buckles are being replaced by silent, easy to use magnets. This will take the user experience to the next level on one of our most popular models. 

We have collected a long list of improvement for our 13" and 15" MacBook cases. The new Touch Bar MacBook Pro models will allows us to add these features while perfecting the fit for the Apple newest portable computers. If you have a suggestion to improve any of our current design, please write or leave a comment below and let us know. 

As 2016 winds down, everyone at MacCase is looking ahead towards 2017 as a year of renewal, growth and the chance to provide the world with best 13" and 15" Macbook Pro Touch Bar cases. It's going to be a fun ride. Please join us. 

 "In essence, these models will become the new 13" and 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bag cases...." 


  • Jody K. Deane

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  • Jan 23, 2017

    I’d like to be notified when the new Jacket/briefcase for the MBP 13 touch bar becomes available.

    — eli

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