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

Apple Just Killed the MacBook Air with Good Keyboard and 12-inch MacBook

That isn't much of a change, but the price drop to $1,099 ($999 for students) could make up for the lack of exciting updates to the entry-level MacBook Air. Plus, the 13-inch MacBook Pro gets the True Tone Retina display and Apple's T2 security chip, to boot.

On the plus side, the 8th gen CPUs are, in some applications, twice as fast as the ones on the 2017 non Touch Bar MacBook Pros that the new models replace.

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. There's finally a quad-core, 8th-generation Intel chip inside (either a 1.4GHz Core i5 or an optional 1.7GHz Core i7), and all models now have both the Touch Bar and Touch ID - there's no longer a legacy keyboard for those who insist on dedicated function keys.

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. The new MacBook Air will become available to buy via Apple Authorised Resellers from July 25.

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In terms of pricing, the 1.4GHz quad-core Core i5 model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is officially priced in Malaysia at RM5,499.

The new MacBook Air, on the other hand, is unchanged except for the addition of True Tone support.

On the MacBook Pro, Apple is making some more significant changes.

Apple added that the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro are both part of the company's Back to School promotion. That identity clearly didn't stick, however, as after years of neglect Apple breathed new life into the Air model last fall. 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. Originally the MacBook occupied a class of laptop - super thin-and-light - that meant it could sit under the MacBook Air.

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