Apple Announces Cheaper MacBook Air, Adds Touch Bar to Entry-level MacBook Pro

Posted on July 9, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, Hardware, Mac and macOS with 14 Comments

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.

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