MacBook Air gets price cut as entry MacBook Pro adds Touch Bar

Sheri Evans
July 10, 2019

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.

See the latest on the new MacBook Air and new MacBook Pro.

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.

The new MacBook Air is now cheaper coming in at $1,099, with students being able to purchase it for $999. The 13-inch MacBook Pro on the other hand has been updated with new 8th-generation quad-core processors, Touch Bar even on the entry-level model, Touch ID, a True Tone Retina Display, and the Apple T2 Security Chip.

Both the updated MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro will be made available for consumers to purchase via Apple Authorised Resellers from July 25.

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The other major changes are the introduction of the Touch Bar and Touch ID, meaning that all the MacBook Pro models now have the Touch Bar (the base offering didn't before). Prices rise to £2,799 for the maxed-out 15-inch model with a 2.3GHz 8-core processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz and 512GB of SSD storage.

This model starts at $1,300 (128GB SSD), but theres a Core i7 version for $300 more and you can add more RAM (starts at 8GB, 16GB is $200 extra) and more storage too.

Apple is also kicking off its latest Back to School promotion today. College students and their parents, faculty, staff, and home-school teachers can pick up a qualifying Mac or iPad and receive a pair of Beats headphones as a bonus. Apple has not formally announced the fate of the previous MacBook Air or 12-inch MacBook, but we have confirmed that these two systems are now discontinued.

Until now, Apple has sold variants of the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar for a lower cost and, presumably, for those who prefer to have a traditional keyboard set-up.

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