Apple Introduces Updated, Cheaper MacBook Air, MacBook Pro for Students


This ultra-portable PC stunned the world when it launched in 2015 but those wanting some thin and light only get the choice of the new MacBook Air.

You can buy the base model with two Thunderbolt 3 ports directly from Apple for $1,300 and $1,500 depending on the configuration.

Indeed, iFixit notes that this battery is actually just a tad more capacious than the 58Wh effort in the more expensive 13-inch MacBook Pro, which has a beefier processor still to drive.

The MacBook Pro, on the other hand, starts at $1,899 ($1,749 for university students), and have been updated with the latest 8th-generation quad-core processors, which are said to be twice as powerful as the previous iteration.

The displays were upgraded, however, with both now featuring Retina 13-inch displays with True Tone technology.

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If you've been meaning to get a new laptop, now would be a better time than most. It also now features the TouchBar navigation panel, Touch ID, True Tone Retina display and the Apple T2 Security Chip.

So let's take a look at what's new and how the base model performs. The price for the air is also being lowered to $1,099 ($999 if you're a college student).

That gives the new model single-core and multi-core scores of 4,639 and 16,665, compared with the 4,341 and 9,084 scores given to the 2017 entry-level MacBook Pro. 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.

The company did not refresh the 13-inch MacBook Pro a year ago, despite refreshing the 15-inch model, which is why Geekbench used the 2017 model for comparative purposes. Even the 2013 Mac Pro now sports lower SSD prices, with the 1 TB SSD model costing $200 less.