Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

" "Apple Refreshes the MacBook Air and 13" MacBook Pro, Discontinues 12" MacBook

The MacBook Air has got a small upgrade that adds True Tone to the display for better ambient colour adjustments, a feature most common on Apple's iPads.

If you haven't already heard the news, Apple updated its entry-level MacBook lineup today, giving the 13-inch MacBook Pro some new silicon and outfitting with the Touch Bar while updating the MacBook Air with a True Tone display.

In the end, Apple ended up giving customers what they wanted with a new MacBook Air with internals built for 2019 and a port selection that won't have you reaching for dongles. The flipside is that the True Tone display is now also a thing on the base MacBook Pro.

College students should also note that, as part of Apple's Back to School promotion, they'll get a pair of Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones when they buy a qualifying Mac notebook or iMac. Only the headline has been changed.

Some minor tweaks to the laptop's graphics card and processsor were made previous year, but the model has largely languished unchanged since the first 12 inch Macbook Air was introduced in 2015. The Cupertino giant also reduced the price of its entry-level MacBook Air to Rs. 99,900 in India, with an even lower price of Rs. 92,704 for college students. Most importantly, the model is getting a price drop, with the cheapest model now going for $1,099 for regular customers and $999 for students.

While the usefulness of the TouchBar is debatable, the update brings more structure to Apple's previously fragmented line-up. The 2018 MacBook Air (review) also gets a minor update. In other words, if you're in a room with yellow light, the display will turn slightly yellow so as to seem more natural.

Price: $1,299 / $1,499 in the United States and starts at Rs 1,19,000 in India. The MacBook Air is usually priced at Rs 99,900 and the 13-inch MacBook Pro is usually priced at Rs 119,900 for the starting variant. Thus far, we haven't heard any complaints from users of the latest 15-inch MacBook Pros that feature the revamped mechanism, so fingers crossed on that front.

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