Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple kills the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro, discounts the Air

Apple kills the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro, discounts the Air

Apple has quietly refreshed its entire notebook line-up - something we weren't expecting until the autumn alongside the launch of macOS Catalina and the rumoured 16-inch MacBook Pro model.

That's really the only upgrade the 13-inch MacBook Air is receiving, but it's also getting a little price cut to go along with it. This means that Apple is now no longer offering a MacBook Pro variant sans Touch Bar and Touch ID.

The 2019 MacBook Air price in India now starts from Rs. 99,900, while college students can get it at Rs. 92,074.

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. The MacBook Air now starts at $1,099, though if you're a college student, you can snag one for $999.

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The updated MacBook Air features True Tone Display that automatically adjusts the color temperature of the display for a more comfortable viewing experience. 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.

The refreshed MacBook Air also gets the same True Tone display technology seen in the MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. The rest of the Pro's specs remain largely unchanged, with the laptop housing 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645.

Today in conjunction with the kickoff of its Back to School promotion, Apple has announced significant changes to its laptop lineup, updating the MacBook Air and entry-level MacBook Pro while discontinuing the smallest Mac laptop, the 12-inch MacBook. The promotion includes a pair of Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones, apart from the above-mentioned education discounts.

The new MacBook Air, on the other hand, is unchanged except for the addition of True Tone support. That identity clearly didn't stick, however, as after years of neglect Apple breathed new life into the Air model last fall.

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