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Apple Is Getting Rid of the MacBook’s Iconic Startup Chime

Apple’s newest MacBook Pro was launched last week.

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Apple is killing off one of its most iconic features: its startup chime.

The \ company is removing the distinctive noise that Macs make when they boot up, starting with the new MacBook Pro announced last week.

The change was first spotted by, which tested out one of the new laptops and confirmed that the noise was no longer made.

And a FAQ page that mentions the chime (referred to as the “startup sound”) for older MacBook models makes no mention of it for the new laptop.


Apple has used startup chimes in its Mac computers since the 1980s, settling on the most recent chime with the iMac G3, released in 1998. But now it is finally being retired.

An Apple representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the change has most likely been made because of the way the new MacBook Pro turns on. It doesn’t come with a power button, instead turning on whenever it is opened (as long as it is charged)—so there’s no need for a noise to indicate to the user that it is booting up.

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