While there's no denying that the 12-inch MacBook desperately needed an update, especially after Apple released the Retina MacBook Air a year ago, we don't quite feel the same way about the last-gen MacBook Air.
As for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the entry-level model sticks with the same price tag in this case at £1,299 ($1,299, AU$1,999, AED 5,539), although it will again be available more cheaply for students.
Apart from the price adjustments for college students, the company has added both the devices to its Back to School promotion. The advancements of display technology, however, would now allow Apple to pack a larger screen in a body that shouldn't be significantly larger than that of the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple has updated its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models today, but has discontinued the smallest of the bunch, the 12in MacBook. This starting model also now features a True Tone display.
The updated MacBook Air features True Tone Display that automatically adjusts the color temperature of the display for a more comfortable viewing experience. Apple had to remove the Function keys from the MacBook Pro's keyboard to accommodate the new input.More news: Richard Branson plans to take Virgin Galactic public
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The 2018 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro is significantly more powerful and comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, but that power won't really be necessary for most users. Rather than update the other specs, though, Apple is pushing the price down to $1099.
Most of those changes should be welcome-who doesn't want more cores?-but the Touch Bar might be controversial. The display still lacks P3 support, which means it can show only two-thirds as many colours as the MacBook Pro models.
As must be noted in any coverage of new Apple laptops, it's important to state that the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models both retain the butterfly mechanism keyboard. So, you gotta love it, like it, ignore it, or go with a MacBook Air. For the MacBook Air, they chose instead to keep the same chipsets and drop the price.
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