MacBook Pro Sleeve
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- Custom designed specifically for each size Apple MacBook model
- Choose from 13" or 15" sizes
- 13" model - Choose from horizontal or vertical orientation
- Custom designed specifically for the 13" MacBook Pro TouchBar
- Durable, waterproof, Black diamond weave exterior nylon fabric
- Pure Cyan Blue accents
- Ultra thin, ultra light, ultra protective
- High impact seam tape pipping protects against unwanted contact
- Fully padded, layered protection
- Proven, top loading, short axis design provides the highest level of protection
- Protection far superior than typical zippered neoprene sleeves
- Zipperless design will not scratch like sleeves with zippers
- Soft touch velvet interior liner will not harm laptop finish
- Optional matching Accessory Pouches available for cables, chargers, adapters, etc
- Lifetime Warranty / 14 Day Return Policy / Flat Rate $10.05 Ground Shipping
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Our MacBook Pro Touch Bar Sleeve is for any 13" pr 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar owner looking for proven protection in a lightweight, highly functional Mac Pro case. Perfect when used with a larger bag or pack, the Sleeve will protect your ultra thin, ultra light MacBook Pros.
- 13": 13 x 10 x .50 / 6oz
- 15": 15 x 11 x .75 / 14oz
MacBook Pro Touch Bar Sleeve - Behind the Design
The latest in a series of interviews about the story behind the design of MacCase products. For this interview, we are again speaking to MacCase President and Chief Creative Officer Michael Santoro about the company's new MacBook Pro 13" and 15" Touch Bar Sleeve. This is the first redesign of the nylon version of the MacBook Pro Sleeve since the MacCase first launched their iconic Powerbook sleeve back in the early 2000s.
A New Lightweight, Protective MacBook Pro Sleeve
JKD: Not counting the development of the leather MacBook Pro Sleeve, this is the first time you've redesigned a MacBook Pro Sleeve since since the PowerBook days. What were the goals for the new design?
Ms: The main goals were to address the direction the market is going and to let the form we're trying to protect dictate the design. Gone are the days of bulky, heavy, somewhat cumbersome Apple portables. Everything is sleeker and much lighter in weight.
Less mass to protect allows us to create a MacBook Pro Sleeve that is much less bulky, much sleeker. We were able to reduce the weight as well. Customers care about protection, but they don't want a bank vault in their backpack. This new MacBook Pro Sleeve strikes a great balance between excellent protection and ultra light weight.
JKD: Was there a reason the old design has such a long product lifecycle?
I love our original sleeve. It was around so long because it worked so well. The history of MacCase can be told through the story of that sleeve. Every iPhone case that has a cutout in the rear panel so you can see the Apple logo owes a big thank you to our original sleeve design.
Our iBook Briefcase that first introduced the idea of a window to show off the Apple logo to the world never sold in the numbers that our sleeve did. Those 13" and 15 Sleeves brought the idea of a logo window to the mainstream with our tier one retail distribution.
Around the time MacCase invented the Apple specific case market there was one school of sleeve design: neoprene and zippers. These are the last 2 things you want around your Apple portable. This is why our original PowerBook Sleeve and the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar Sleeve has neither.
Neoprene traps heat, which is why they make wetsuits out of it. But what is good for surfers and divers is bad for computer processors. As for the closure, dragging your Apple laptop over zipper teeth a few times a day will eventually scratch the temperamental finish. The product you purchased to protect your computer is actually causing the very damage it's supposed to prevent!
These types sleeves are cheap to make and that's why the market is flooded with them. Cheaper is not better. Better is better. At MacCase, we designed our MacBook Pro Touch Bar sleeve to be superior. So much so in fact, they're used by the U.S. Secret Service. Each element of our MacBook Pro Touch Bar Sleeve was carefully thought out and adds to it's protective nature.
The Old MacBook Pro Sleeve: Saying Goodbye
JKD: There was a lot of design content in that old design...
MS: Yes. Our design looked and worked like no other. I'm shocked that we were not knocked off at some point. I guess our design was too expensive or just too difficult to make compared to the neoprene stuff that was out at the time.
We had the window, the vent, the velcro, the expensive nylon, embroidery and the layers of padding along with the perimeter bumper pipping that made them so well at protecting everyone's Apple laptops. I do think the race to the bottom (in price and design) that we have seen with sleeves over the last decade started with the industry's reaction to our sleeve design.
JKD: What do you mean?
MS: We went one way, the way of quality, protection, intelligent design, respect and innovation and the industry went another. They went the way of cheap, a product that damaged your laptop, trapped heat, oh and did I mention, cheap? Our non neoprene, non zippered solution was better and still is. Sometimes the market buys what's jammed down their throats, not what's better. Betamax anyone?
Those neoprene sleeves were super cheap and easy to make, that's why they were everywhere. They weren't better for the customer or better at protecting their hardware. They were super cheap and easy to make so they were better for all the Chinese companies who were turning them out by the tens of thousands trying to find them a home.
For the new design, we choose a material that was just as waterproof as neoprene but doesn't trap heat like neoprene does. Then we layer it with foams and a liner to create a impact absorbing sandwich which keeps your MacBook Pro Touch Bar safe.
13" and 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar Sleeve : In With the New
JKD: The new MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar Sleeve seems like a departure from your original design. Why the dramatic change?
MS: The market has changed so much. What was important 10 or even 5 years ago is not anymore. Apple users used to happily pay for quality design and most still will. After all they are buying the most expensive consumer electronics, phones, tablets and laptops out there. Most of the them understand that protecting these things is an investment due to the high resale value.
Some Apple users don't make that connection. The purchase a very special, non-commodified laptop and then their brain shifts to finding the most commodified way to "protect" it: a $5 sleeve on amazon or eBay. So the mass market for what do has gone away to a certain extent. Younger buyer have been trained to buy on discount not on value.
When it came time to do a new MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar Sleeve, we had to ask a lot of hard questions. Many of them I didn't particular like the answers to.
JKD: Such as?
MS: Who is the customer for this MacBook Pro Sleeve? How are they different than the customer for our Premium Leather MacBook Pro Sleeves? Why might this person purchase a MacCase MacBook Pro Touch Bar Sleeve vs a super cheap neoprene sleeve on amazon? How can we offer the best value to all our nylon customers through these new 13" or 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar Sleeves?
JKD: What were your conclusions?
MS: That we needed to put just as much thought and consideration into the person that buys our 15" MacBook Pro Messenger Bag as we do to the person who will be buying the new MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar Sleeve.
JKD: Why is that?
MS: Because we are selling a lot more 15 Messenger Bags than we are MacBook Pro Sleeves. And we include the MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar Sleeve as part of the 15" MacBook Pro Messenger Bag. This changes your priorities very quickly when you expand the user window to include a whole different category or users. It would have hurt us to design a MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar Sleeve that was say, "over designed" for the needs of the user of our 15" Messenger. I wanted a MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar Sleeve that was going to dovetail perfectly with our Messenger.
MacBook Pro Sleeve: New Goals Reached
JKD: How did you accomplish this?
MS: The first thing we addressed was the orientation. As I mentioned, I loved our old sleeve. It was the most protective solution from every aspect, for what is was. Part of that superior protection was the vertical orientation, putting the opening along the short axis so the weakest part of the design, the opening, was as small as possible. If you are designing a standalone sleeve, this is the best solution. When we didn't have a fully padded interior as part of our Messenger Bag, it was the best solution.
But now we have that fully padded and lined interior. It adds a huge amount of protection. This changes what the sleeve design can be. We can tailor it a bit more for the needs of the 15" MacBook Pro Messenger Bag user. And that's what we did.
We changed the orientation from vertical to horizontal. We removed all the extemporaneous details to make it as light and efficient as possible. It's very easy to get your 15" MacBook Pro out of the sleeve if you want to leave the sleeve in the bag and just take out the laptop.
It's the thinnest sleeve we've ever made to minimize the bulk inside the bag. Our customers carry a lot of other things in their bags besides their 15 MacBook Pros. We wanted to make sure they had the room they needed after putting the MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar Sleeve inside.
JKD: It sounds like you were looking for a balance?
MS: Exactly. I wanted a MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar Sleeve design that felt more organic. I wanted it to look like it was supposed to come with the Messenger. Our older Sleeves looked like they belonged with our Messengers. Then we had a period where there was a bit of a mismatch. With this new MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar Sleeve, the match is back. They are very complementary.
JKD: How does the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar Sleeve work as a strand alone sleeve?
MS: I think it better reflects where the market is at. Lighter and thinner is what is happening to the hardware. This sleeve is also lighter and thinner than the one it replaces. We've done things with new foams that keep the laptop protected and the new perimeter pipping is a lot more protective than the older design. If you're looking for a lightweight MacBook Pro Touch Bar Sleeve with minimal bulk to put inside a briefcase, backpack or larger bag, this sleeve will do the job.
Our MacBook Pro Touch Bar Sleeve stands as a symbol of the entire MacCase line. Based on a clear set of design principals, they provide far superior protection than any of their zippered, neoprene rivals. Our MacBook Pro Touch Bar Sleeve is the best available for the money.