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Apple says goodbye to the classic startup sound on its new MacBook Pros

Apple’s recently announced MacBook Pros look like some seriously impressive machines, coming with a load of hardware upgrades and the new OLED Touch Bar.

And while the much-needed refresh has been met with general positivity, there is one classic Mac element missing from the new MacBook Pro line.

When booting up the laptops, you’ll no longer hear the classic startup sound, a version of which has been used on Mac machines since 1984.

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The most recognisable, F-Sharp version of the sound was originally introduced on the iMac G3 in 1998, and has been used to indicate that diagnostic tests have found no hardware or software issues.

The original sound was a C major chord recorded by Apple engineer Jim Reekes using a Korg keyboard, with the more modern tone being a pitch-shifted version of the sound.

As MacRumours reports, Steve Jobs allegedly prevented any further changes to the sound when he returned to Apple in 1996.

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But now, it seems Apple no longer has a use for the classic tone, at least in its new MacBook Pros, which start up automatically when opened or connected to a power source after running out of battery.

The company has updated its support pages for resetting NVRAM to reflect the fact that the new MacBook Pro models come sans the startup sound.

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Apple’s iPhones and iPads have never featured the tone, so in that sense the writing has been on the wall for the startup chime for some time.

But it makes its departure having made somewhat of a cultural impact, featuring in the Pixar film WALL-E when the robot reboots.

Elsewhere, the firm has also done away with the backlit Apple logo on the top part of the MacBook Pro case this time around.

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