Apple is announcing some new upgrades to its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro devices ahead of back-to-school season. The company is introducing incremental upgrades for both the devices, with a focus on students.
The new MacBook Air is now cheaper coming in at $1,099, with students being able to purchase it for $999. The new MacBook Air also comes with True Tone on the 13-inch Retina display that can automatically adjust the color temperature of the display for different lighting conditions. It still features the same 8th-generation dual-core processor, T2 security chip, immersive wide stereo sound and all-day battery life, according to Apple.
On the MacBook Pro, Apple is making some more significant changes. The entry-level $1,299 13-inch MacBook Pro now comes with quad-core 8th gen processors for the first time, as well as the Touch Bar, Touch ID, and the t2 security chips. This new model is available for $1,199 to students.
None of the devices feature the recently rumored scissor switch keyboard.
The upgraded models of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro should be a welcome addition to many, especially on the MacBook Pro as the Touch Bar is now available even on the entry-level device. Apple is also launching its back-to-school promotion for students today, which gives them a pair of Beats Studio 3 wireless headphones with the purchase of a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or other qualifying Mac devices.
The launch of Apple’s refreshed MacBook Pro and MacBook Air also marks the end of the company’s iconic 12-inch MacBook device that came with a single port and was launched back in 2015 with the new MacBook design.